Vanessa Hudgens, best known for starring in Disney’s ‘High School Musical’ franchise, has thoughts about the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe. And it’s not great, y’all.
By now, you know that the coronavirus (COVID-19) is a serious threat. Tom Hanks has it! Not only is it at least ten times as deadly as the flu, but it’s also wreaking havoc on the global economy. The best thing we can do is to limit our social contact (um, like that’s really a problem for all of us introverts) and try not to buy all the toilet paper in your zip code.
But for a certain group of Millennials whose cellphones appear to be permanently grafted to their hands, the coronavirus is just another opportunity to post their complaints on social media.
Enter Vanessa Hudgens, who is feeling a wee bit salty about having to potentially self-quarantine for months. The 31-year-old, playing with her perfectly curled hair, spoke directly into the camera to her 18.4 million followers. Her comments haven’t exactly gone over well, and it’s easy to see why.
“Um, yeah, ’til July sounds like a bunch of bulls–t,” she said during a video shared on Instagram Live. “I’m sorry, but like, it’s a virus, I get it, like, I respect it, but at the same time I’m like, even if everybody gets it, like yeah, people are going to die, which is terrible but like, inevitable?”
The backlash against her insensitive, self-centered comments was swift, and a day later, Hudgens tried–and mostly failed–to apologize. She claimed that the comments were taken out of context, saying “It’s a crazy time” and appearing to blame her words on being stuck at home in self-quarantine.
Thirty minutes later, she hopped back on social media after it became clear that her non-apology had only made things worse. Hudgens posted a message that that said the experience was a “wake up call about the significance my words have.”
She also played the “sorry if I offended anyone card,” which is never a great look. It seems clear that Hudgens was just mouthing off during a scary, stressful time for everyone. We’ve all said things we regretted later–but most of us don’t have an audience of millions listening to, recording, and commenting on our every word.
Honestly, all these starlets and influencers could do a lot more good by putting down their cellphones and reading a book instead. But until that happens, make sure you get your coronavirus updates from a reputable source, like the CDC, instead of the star of ‘Spring Breakers.’