Just asking for a friend. In all seriousness though, it feels as if my feed is full of celebrity adventures with the coming of each new day. Addison Rae and Kourtney Kardashian, Jason Derulo and Will Smith, Kylie Jenner and Anastasia Karanikolaou — the list goes on and on. However, with recent spikes in numerous areas across the country, one has to wonder — do the people who drive our media and entertainment genuinely care about COVID-19?
Regardless of their true actions, they sure want to make us think they do. In fact, it’s hard to think of a prominent figure who didn’t share a funny quarantine moment or urge their fans to stay cooped up this past spring and summer. (#Stayhome has been tagged in 44 million posts on Instagram.) That being said, when they pull a bait-and-switch and post a picture or a TikTok video with someone outside of their immediate circle (without masks, nonetheless), it can feel like a bit of a betrayal.
i’ve seen so many celebrities not social distancing or wearing a mask or anything. do they think that they’re not gonna catch it bc they’re too famous like ??? u can catch it too bruv. stay inside. wear a mask. after all, that is what u tell ur followers to do, right?
— rosie is cool😎 | blm¨̮ | selpink (@jessicascmb) August 13, 2020
In addition to these more casual instances, serious regulations are also being lifted for the rich and famous. Take Tom Cruise, for example, who got permission to pick up with the Mission: Impossible franchise in the United Kingdom in July without having to pass through a two-week quarantine. Supporters of the decision have upheld the massive losses in the entertainment industry as justification, although others are not so smitten with the preferential treatment.
Of course, there are handfuls of stars who have used their talents for good during this time. Many celebrities have opened up their homes, albeit virtually, to keep the rest of the world entertained with music, dance, kitchen creativity, and practically anything else that might help pass the time.
For example, big names like Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, and Lizzo came together for the “One World: Together at Home” event back in April to garner donations and bring cheer to viewers. Additionally, ABC hosted two installments of Disney’s “Family Singalong” program in April and May, star-studded with pop culture legends like Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, and Shakira. Later this month, Selena Gomez and David Henrie will spearhead a remote premiere for their film This is The Year. (Yes, that is what nostalgia feels like.)
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