Vanessa Hudgens apologises for "insensitive" coronavirus comments on Instagram Live
18 March 2020, 11:53 | Updated: 18 March 2020, 13:57
Vanessa said her Instagram Live comments were "taken out of context".
On Monday (Mar 16), the High School Musical star went on Instagram Live and broached the topic of coronavirus. She said: "Um, yeah. Till July sounds like a bunch of bullshit, I’m sorry. It’s a virus, I get it, I respect it, but at the same time... even if everybody gets it, yeah... people are gonna die, which is terrible but inevitable. I don’t know, maybe I shouldn’t be doing this right now." Er...
Vanessa reportedly also made comments about Coachella being postponed, after the annual music festival was moved from April to October amid the global pandemic.
Needless to say, the internet was not happy with her.
vanessa hudgens on ig complaining about coachella getting cancelled & saying why does it matter this virus will kill people while ashley tisdale is on ig making quarantine dance videos proves what we’ve always known: sharpay was the true protagonist/hero of high school musical— queerella de vil (@queerelladevil) March 17, 2020
vanessa hudgens at the gates of coachella in two months in a native american headress while everyone is at home quarantining pic.twitter.com/93KTODTkeU— indie (@INDIEWASHERE) March 17, 2020
Can't believe the first COVID celebrity death was Vanessa Hudgens' career— Emily Andras (@emtothea) March 17, 2020
vanessa hudgens getting mad at the fact that coachella got cancelled because of the virus, when i say that bitch is dumb pic.twitter.com/mgJLGvJGGk— rita (@phoebehalliwels) March 17, 2020
No one:— Negro Bane/Tha Shark (@thashark316) March 17, 2020
Not a got damn soul:
Vanessa Hudgens: pic.twitter.com/JAUL6P0n5J
Nobody...absolutely nobody at all:— Aha. (@ahagazelle) March 17, 2020
Vanessa Hudgens: pic.twitter.com/GNJFZyPVYV
vanessa hudgens got that vid of her being ignorant abt corona deleted.... we got u on tape ma’am ! pic.twitter.com/nKScrn90xQ— k * 🦋 (@luv80z) March 17, 2020
watching that video of vanessa hudgens talking about coronavirus pic.twitter.com/tekb2ZD4w2— kathleen (@kathleen_hanley) March 17, 2020
okay but can we appreciate logan lerman rightfully calling vanessa hudgens a schmuck for a sec? pic.twitter.com/HogsLXaLSr— Ben Wyatt (@memeforhire) March 17, 2020
the way vanessa hudgens said "yeah, people are gonna dieeee" omg cast her in a sorority movie asap. she has been playing all these bland wimpy girls when she has had a villain inside of her this whole time— Bolu Babalola (@BeeBabs) March 17, 2020
In response to the backlash, Vanessa (kind of) apologised on her Instagram Story, explaining that her words were taken out of context. "Yesterday I did an Instagram Live and I really think that some of my comments were being taken out of context," she explained.
"Erm, it's a crazy time. It's a crazy, crazy time. And I am at home and in lockdown and that’s what I hope you guys are doing too and full quarantine and staying safe and sane. Yeah, I don’t take this situation lightly by any means. I am home. So stay inside, y’all."
Vanessa's half-apology only further riled up the internet, forcing her to share a Notes-app apology on Twitter.
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She wrote: "Hey, guys. I’m so sorry for the way I have offended anyone and everyone who has seen the clip from my Instagram Live yesterday. 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, now more than ever.
"I'm sending safe wishes to everyone to stay safe and healthy during this crazy time."