Vanessa Hudgens has issued an apology after receiving a massive backlash on social media when she appeared to dismiss the severity of the coronavirus pandemic during an Instagram Live video. The High School Musical actress told her followers that she believed official estimates that the pandemic might last until July was “a bunch of bulls***.”
Hutchens said, “It’s a virus, I get it. Like, I respect it. But at the same time, like, even if everybody gets it, like, yeah, people are gonna die, which is terrible but, like, inevitable?”
Hutchens’ comments were met with swift and severe condemnation on social media. The Center for Disease Control has the urged the public to stay home and practice social distancing to avoid spreading the coronavirus. San Francisco residents are under a mandatory order to shelter in place.
The actress seemed to recognize her error and posted an Instagram story in which she said, “I realized 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 I hope that’s what you guys are doing too, in full quarantine and staying safe and sane. Yeah, don’t take this situation lightly — by any means.”
Hudgens wrote on Twitter that she was sorry for offending anyone and everyone who saw her Instagram Live.