Too many hot takes? While the world hunkers down into self-quarantine during the widespread coronavirus outbreak, some celebrities have used their extra free time to share controversial opinions about the global pandemic.
“Yeah, ’til July sounds like a bunch of bulls–t. I’m sorry,” the Spring Breakers star said during a live Q&A via Instagram in March 2020. “It’s a virus, I get it. I respect it. But at the same time, like, even if everybody gets it … yeah, people are gonna die. Which is terrible but, like, inevitable?”
Hudgens later apologized for her remarks, noting that it’s been “a crazy time” for everyone.
“Yesterday, I did an Instagram Live and I realize today that some of my comments are being taken out of context,” she said via her Instagram Story the following day. “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. Yeah I don’t take this situation lightly, by any means. I am home. … Stay inside.”
Evangeline Lilly sparked controversy when she referred to COVID-19 as a type of “respiratory flu” and revealed that she has no plans to practice social distancing with her children, despite her Lost costar Daniel Dae Kim testing posting for the virus.
“#morningtea Just dropped my kids off at gymnastics camp,” the actress wrote via Instagram in March 2020. “They all washed their hands before going in. They are playing and laughing. #businessasusual.”
While some Instagram users urged Lilly to stay home, the actress explained that she is prioritizing her and her family’s freedom.
“Where we are right now feels a lot too close to Marshall [sic] Law for my comfort already, all in the name of a respiratory flu,” she wrote. “It’s unnerving…Let’s be vigilant right now. And kind. Watchful and gracious — keeping a close eye on our leaders, making sure they don’t abuse this moment to steal away more freedoms and grab more power.”
Scroll down to see a list of celebrities who shared their controversial opinions on the coronavirus.