Vanessa Hudgens Had The Worst Response To COVID-19 Yet

At this point, we’ve all been stuck inside for a few days (I hope), and it’s easy to start feeling a little crazy. Things are very not normal right now, so it’s important to take deep breaths and just try to keep it together. There are plenty of good approaches to keeping your mental health in a good place right now, but you know what you probably shouldn’t do? Go on Instagram Live and word vomit about what’s happening in the world. That’s what Vanessa Hudgens did yesterday, and well, her career might be COVID-19’s latest victim. We’ve seen other celebs make missteps in the last week, but this might be the worst one yet.

On Monday, Vanessa popped on to IG Live to chat with her followers, as pretty much every celebrity has done over the past few days—especially the thirsty ones. But instead of doing an uplifting at-home concert, like John Legend or Chris Martin, Vanessa treated her fans to some extremely bad takes about the coronavirus pandemic.

In the video, she talked about how sad it is that Coachella was postponed, which is kind of missing the point of this whole situation, but sure, it’s sad, especially when half of your relevance revolves around being photographed at Coachella. But when someone asked for her thoughts on possibly being isolated until July, things unraveled very quickly.

Here’s what she had to say, transcribed with every “like” for full effect: “Til July… sounds like a bunch of bullsh*t. I’m sorry but like it’s a virus, I get it, like I respect it, but at the same time, like, even if everybody gets it, like, yeah, people are going to die, which is terrible, but like… inevitable?”

OOOOOH BOY, this is gonna be FUN. *cracks knuckles*

Let’s deal with the July bit before we get into the real heavy stuff. Let’s be real—Vanessa knows nothing about what’s going to happen in the next few months, and honestly, neither do I! None of us do for sure! We are not scientists, and none of us have ever experienced anything like this before. Will we be stuck inside until July? I sure hope not (my birthday is in May, and I have PLANS), but I’m also not gonna go on IG Live and pretend I have answers. Right now is all about staying inside, washing your hands, and keeping it positive. Let’s all just take this one day at a time, and not act like experts.

But yeah, the real problem here is obviously the second portion of what she said. Lmao, guess some folks will die, who cares! That’s show biz, baby! Like, Vanessa, NO!!! Baby, what is you doing?! Like, what is her point, even? We shouldn’t cancel Coachella because people are going to die anyway? Even if this is actually how you feel (which is f*cked up), why on earth would you say it publicly for your millions of followers? Right now, the entire world is doing what they can—drastically changing their entire lives—to minimize the spread of coronavirus. So it’s a pretty horrible attitude to be like “yeah, oh well, we all might get it, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.” Vanessa, read the f*cking room!!!

Yesterday, she clearly realized her mistake, and she addressed her comments in an Instagram story. In the video, she said that her words were “taken out of context”, and that she’s obviously taking the situation seriously, because she’s at home right now. She urged her followers to stay inside, which is great, but let’s get back to that “out of context” part.”

Miss Vanessa. Sweetie. I watched the video, we all watched the video, and the context was crystal clear. This isn’t a reality show where you can blame the editors for making you look like a monster. You literally said that people will die like it was no big deal! The whole context was just you live streaming. We took it precisely in context. I get that we’re all going through it right now, but you can miss me with this non-apology.

We’ll see if Vanessa’s publicist tells her to make a better apology, because I have a feeling that’s coming sooner or later. As of right now, her career could be seriously on the rocks due to these horrifyingly insensitive comments. I mean, Netflix might not even want to make Princess Switch 3and I know that Vanessa wants that sweet Netflix money. Hopefully Vanessa gets her sh*t together and apologizes for real, but she should probably stay off Instagram Live for the foreseeable future.

Images: Featureflash Photo Agency/; evanrosskatz / Instagram

Dylan Hafer
Dylan Hafer
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