Vanessa Hudgens slammed for ‘insensitive’ coronavirus ​video

She has since responded to the backlash.


Esther Bell


Posted on Mar 17, 2020   Updated on Mar 17, 2020, 5:44 pm CDT

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Vanessa Hudgens is facing some serious backlash over insensitive comments made during an Instagram Live about the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Hudgens made the video Monday while in quarantine. Hudgens was talking about how the coronavirus could continue to spread until July and said it “sounds like a bunch of bullshit.”

Hudgens continued by saying that “even if everybody gets it, yeah, people are gonna die, which is terrible, but like, inevitable?”

So far, the coronavirus has killed more than 7,100 people and infected 181,000 worldwide.

Hudgens ended her statement with, “I don’t know, maybe I shouldn’t be doing this right now.”

People immediately came for the former High School Musical star.

“She has been playing all these bland wimpy girls when she has had a villain inside of her this whole time,” one Twitter user commented.

Others called her “stupid” and even accused her of being on drugs.

“Imagine you had vulnerable elderly relatives. Now imagine you had a brain and, more importantly, a heart. Then rethink this and delete it. And don’t talk for a while,” actor James Woods tweeted.

Hudgens posted to her Instagram Story on Tuesday and said her comments were taken “out of context.”

“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, in full quarantine, and staying safe and sane,” she wrote in her story. “I don’t take this situation lightly by any means. I am home. So stay inside y’all.”

She later issued an apology via Twitter.

“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,” Hudgens wrote. “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.”

Yet, many are still upset.

Hudgens also posted to her Instagram and TikTok about how she wants to be in a pub for St. Patrick’s Day but can’t because she’s on “lockdown.”


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*First Published: Mar 17, 2020, 5:43 pm CDT