While some celebrities are using their platform to encourage people to adopt social distancing and staying at home, some seem to at a loss in regard to the gravity of the situation. Hollywood actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens went on Instagram live on Monday. Talking about the on-going quarantine in place to avoid the spread of coronavirus and the possibility for it go up till July she said,
“Um, yeah, till July sounds like a bunch of bulls—, I’m sorry,” said the Jumanji star. “It’s a virus, I get it, I respect* it, but at the same time, even if everybody gets it, like, yeah, people are going to die, which is terrible, but like… inevitable? I dunno, maybe I shouldn’t be doing this right now.”
This was followed by massive backlash. At first the actress came out with a video message. In the video she clarified that her comments were being taken out of context.
“Some of my comments are being taken out of context. It’s a crazy time. I’m at home in lockdown, and that’s what I hope you guys are doing too. In full quarantine. And staying safe and sane. I don’t take this situation lightly by any means. I am home. So stay inside, y’all,” said Hudgens.
The video was followed by a written apology.
“I’m so sorry for the way I have offended anyone and everyone… I realize my words were insensitive and not at all appropriate for the situation our country and the world are in right now. This has been a huge wake up call about the significance my words have.”
Many Hollywood film productions have been brought to a halt as well many films delayed following lock down and cinema closure in numerous countries. Celebrities are sharing video messages encouraging people to listen to authorities and minimize the impact. Some Hollywood actors have also come under the grip of the virus including Tom Hanks, Rita Williams, Idris Elba, Kristofer Hivju from Game of Thrones and James Bond Quantum of Solace actress Olga Kurylenko.