Vanessa Hudgens Apologizes After Her Insensitive Coronavirus Comments Go Viral

Now that social distancing is our new normal (at least for now), your fave celebs are finding ways to stay connected to their fans during the current coronavirus pandemic. And guess what? Vanessa Hudgens is a prime example (see: her High School Musical TikTok video)! But instead of chatting with her followers to spread hope in this confusing time, Vanessa made some insensitive comments about a virus that’s literally claiming lives all around the world.

Yesterday, Vanessa hopped on Instagram Live and said, “Um, yeah. ‘Til 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.” Um, yikes.

What a horrible and heartless message for you to share with the younger people who look up to you @VanessaHudgens pic.twitter.com/p0vIekdigP

Naturally, her comments got a lot of backlash online. One Twitter user wrote, “Hi, @VanessaHudgens, I am not calling for your cancellation or anything, but this type of dismissiveness is what is going to get your nana and pawpaw killed. And maybe your parents. Please tell your followers that you were wrong and they need to stay home,” which was honestly on the nicer end of the backlash spectrum.

Some of the angrier comments, below:

To do some damage control, Vanessa first went on her Instagram Story.

2. @VanessaHudgens says her remarks in the video above have been taken out of context?!

She doesn’t explain how she believes her remarks were taken out of context.

She adds that everyone should stay in their homes. pic.twitter.com/7CfodhkcEb

“Hey guys, so yesterday I did an Instagram Live, and I realized today that some of my comments are being taken out of context. 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,” she said. “Yeah, I don’t take this situation lightly by any means. I am home. So stay inside y’all.”

And since that didn’t really help matters since it lacked an actual apology, Vanessa whipped out the good ol’ Notes App to truly say sorry and acknowledge that she was wrong. She wrote:

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Welcome to the new normal, y’all.

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