8 Celebrities Who've Been Accused of Not Taking Quarantine Seriously
From Drake to Ivanka Trump, these big names seem to have had a hard time grasping social distancing.
As shelter-in-place recommendations began rolling out across the country, everyone in the U.S. prepared for a couple months of social distancing—well, almost everyone. People have been understandably upset when they see their family and friends not social distancing properly, but there is something extra irritating about celebrities flouting quarantine regulations, especially because their places to shelter in are larger than most of ours. Celebrities who've scoffed at the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic have definitely rubbed people the wrong way.
Some stars have learned from their mistakes, while others still seem to not be able to grasp the "distancing" part of "social distancing." Here are some of the celebrities who have been caught disregarding quarantine guidelines. And for the stars who have stepped up during this difficult time, check out 8 Celebrities Doing Quarantine Shows That Make Isolating More Bearable.
According to an angry Facebook post, George Stephanopoulos, co-host of ABC's Good Morning America, has not been abiding by quarantine regulations in the Hamptons, Page Six reported. Stephanopoulos—whose wife just recovered from the coronavirus and who recently tested positive for the virus himself—had one neighbor furious. She posted on Facebook that the news anchor was recently seen at a golf course, walking his dog, and at a local pharmacy.
On Mar. 29, First Daughter Ivanka Trump posted a video on Twitter saying, "Those lucky enough to be in a position to stay at home, please, please do so…Each and every one of us plays a role in slowing the spread." But just a couple of weeks later, a White House official confirmed that Trump traveled to New Jersey, a COVID-19 hotspot, for Passover in early April.
Trump and her family drove from Washington, D.C., to Bedminster, New Jersey, disregarding sanctions from both states. D.C. had issued a stay-at-home order for all residents unless they are performing essential activities. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel advisory urging people in the Tri-State area—New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut—to "refrain from non-essential domestic travel," with the exception of critical employees.
Before we all began to understand the gravity of the coronavirus pandemic, many people were enjoying their last weekends of freedom, rapper Drake included. On Mar. 11, he went out with NBA star Kevin Durant in West Hollywood. The following week, Durant tested positive for coronavirus. And, as a result, Drake began self-isolating in his Toronto mansion.
Hannah Brown and Tyler Cameron
While some Bachelorette fans rejoiced when they saw that Hannah Brown and runner-up Tyler Cameron had shacked up together for quarantine, many were angry on account of social distancing. According to the TikToks they posted, it seemed they were hanging out with at least six other people and were definitely not staying six feet apart from each other.
Fans found this especially worrisome because Brown had gotten off a plane just a few days before the TikToks were posted. Brown has since headed to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to ride out the rest of quarantine with her family. And if you're looking to socialize at a safe distance, check out 7 Easy Ways to Stay Social While in Isolation, According to Experts.
Although singer Iggy Azalea claims she hasn't left the house, she did have a manicurist come to her home in early April. Azalea posted a tweet of a fresh manicure that sent fans into an uproar. In response to disgruntled fans, she tweeted, "If I want to risk having a worker in my home that's my business not yours."
As Americans began realizing the severity of the coronavirus pandemic in mid-March, actress Vanessa Hudgens shared some tone-deaf words about quarantining in an Instagram Live video. "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?" she said. Her blatant disregard for public health had viewers up in arms, and she released a public apology the next day.
Actress Evangeline Lilly posted an Instagram in mid-March with the caption, "Just dropped my kids off at gymnastics camp. They all washed their hands before going in. They are playing and laughing. #businessasusual." Commenters jumped on her, asking why she wasn't abiding by social distancing rules in Los Angeles. In an early response, Lilly said, "Some people value their lives over freedom, some people value freedom over their lives. We all make our choices."
But, she later released a formal apology on Instagram, pointing out that at the time she had posted, community authorities had only told people not to gather in large groups and to practice hand washing, which her family had been doing. And for more ways to keep yourself safe, check out 17 Small and Easy Ways to Prevent Coronavirus.
Vanderpump Rules star Scheana Shay received a lot of blowback for a string of insensitive tweets surrounding quarantine in mid-March. Shay's first tweet (which has since been deleted) read, "Any of my friends working from home this week should come join me for a Palm Springs quarantine! I will continue to live my life in Palm Springs or MDR w my friends and not live it in complete isolation or fear. Simple as that. Call me 'ignorant' but I'm not gonna stop living!"
After fans voiced their disappointment, Shay didn't back down, tweeting, "I truly hope each and every one of you tweeting me that I'm stupid for having people at my house are all home alone and not making contact with any people for the rest of the month. Don't be a hypocrite."
The next day, she admitted defeat with an apology, writing, "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. I now understand the severity of our current predicament. Please stay safe, and wash your d*** hands!"