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Chrissy Teigen Defends Vanessa Hudgens For Flippant Coronavirus Video—“Terrible, But Like, Inevitable”

COVID-19 is bringing out the best in some of us and the worst in others. The best? Ashley Tisdale doing High School Musical choreography on social media. The worst? Her High School Musical co-star Vanessa Hudgens going on Instagram Live to say people dying is “inevitable.”

Both happened within hours of each other. Tisdale uploaded a video of her in sweats dancing to “We’re All in This Together.”

@ashleytisdaleMy work out while on Self Quarantine. I can’t believe I remembered it 😝♬ original sound – ashbash2425

It’s the wholesome content we need right now. But, in a video that clearly shows the harmful effects of isolation, Hudgens said she respected the virus (?) and that being in quarantine until July is a “bunch of bulls—t.”

“Like, it’s a virus, I get it, I respect it,” she says in the video. “But at the same time, like, even if everybody gets it… like, yeah, people are gonna die, which is terrible. But like… inevitable. She pauses. Then says “I don’t know, maybe I shouldn’t be doing this right now.”


The video went viral and Hudgens immediately drew criticism. Model Kathy Ireland defended her on Twitter.

Chrissy Teigen also came to Hudgens’ defense: “Sometimes people, especially famous people, are gonna say really stupid s—t. & so are you,” Teigen wrote on Tuesday evening. “And they, and u, will learn from it & hopefully their history says they’re good. It’s Ok. And at the same time, wow they really had a dumb f—kin moment. But u don’t have [to] ruin their lives.”

In response, the hashtag #Shes31 quickly went viral, referencing Hudgens’ age to argue that she is old enough to know better.

After receiving the backlash, Hudgens released the standard celebrity apology: not taking much credit for her actions via screenshots of text on the Notes app.

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Her apology was not taken seriously.

This cannot be said enough: Please think of other people, please wash your hands and please stay inside.

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