Some Hollywood stars are biting their tongues after making insensitive comments amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has derailed multiple television and film productions in addition to preventing large-scale events from taking place for the foreseeable future.
One of the first stars to come under fire was Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow, who took to the company’s Instagram account on Friday with a selfie hawking a $450 skirt and a $425 pair of sneakers.
“We’re in the middle of a world-wide pandemic, y’all really think anyone’s gonna buy an ugly a–s $450 skirt?” one user commented.
The company was quick to delete the post and has since moved forward with wellness and health-related content.
Meanwhile, Chrissy Teigen admitted a tweet she wrote over the weekend about ordering soup came across as “tone-deaf.”
“This is not an ad but if you’re holed up at home, ordering America’s best food from Goldbelly is the way to go right now!” the cookbook founder wrote. “Currently shipping clam chowder from Boston to myself.”
When one fan made note of Teigen boasting about a cross-country delivery, she replied, “It was a ride. I didn’t mean it to sound like I don’t care about the pandemic? it was tweeted innocently, perhaps tone deaf but I like soup and if you can support these businesses, then that seemed cool but yeah if you can’t, then that is also fine, I am not shaming you.”
“Vanderpump Rules” star Scheana Shay, 34, also admitted wrongdoing after she openly refused to live in isolation.
“Any of my friends working from home this week should come join me for a Palm Springs quarantine!” Shay tweeted on Saturday.
“I will continue to live my life in Palm Springs or MDR w my friends and not live it in complete isolation or fear,” the tweet continued. “Simple as that. Call me ‘ignorant’ but I’m not gonna stop living!”
A day later, Shay backtracked.
“For those who expressed concern or viewed my remarks as insensitive, I had just returned from a work trip and wasn’t fully updated on the pandemic,” she said. “I now understand the severity of our current predicament. Please stay safe, and wash your d–n hands!”
“Place your bets on who will be the first famous person to get Corona,” Collins tweeted.
“Jameela doesn’t count,” the former host continued in a second tweet.
Jamil defended herself against Collins, who didn’t exactly come across as apologetic in hindsight.
“May you never suffer from chronic illness. May you never wake up in pain and swollen every f–king day of your life. May you never struggle with an invisible disability. May you never be laughed at over it by people who have never met you. @michcoll To the bad place you go,” Jamil clapped back.
“I HAVE FINALLY MADE IT. Learn to LOL at yourself girl, it’s freeing,” Collins responded.
And back in January, Jeff Lewis walked back on comments he and his radio guests made on SiriusXM about Asian Americans amid the global crisis.
The “Flipping Out” alum, 49, opened Thursday’s episode of his show “Jeff Lewis Live” and issued an apology for remarks he and his guest co-hosts made on the air.
“We love our Asian listeners and we would never want them to feel excluded,” Lewis said, according to People. “We also never meant to spread hate or breed racism with our comments.”
According to People magazine, Lewis and company said they would avoid eating at restaurants such as Panda Express and Chin Chin, refuse calls from Asian listeners, avoid venturing to Asian-dominated communities such as Chinatown and Los Angeles’ famed TCL Chinese Theatre and even “quarantine” Asian American SiriusXM employees.
Fox News’ Nate Day and Julius Young, as well as The Associated Press, contributed to this report.