This Pop Star Is Getting Banned for Breaking COVID Lockdown
After hosting a birthday bash violating restrictions, a radio station is refusing to play her songs.
Pop star Rita Ora is experiencing major backlash for breaking COVID lockdown restrictions—to the point that it is hurting her career. After hosting a 30th birthday party for herself over the weekend at a restaurant in London, despite the city's lockdown orders, a host at a popular radio station has blacklisted the British singer. Read on for more on the fallout for Ora, and for more updates on your favorite celebrities, check out Madonna Just Posted a Rare Photo of Her Big, Happy Family.
On Dec. 1, Ben Clark, host of the popular Brit radio show Mornings on Radio Exe, played Ora's hit song "I Will Never Let You Down," revealing to his listeners that it would be the last time she would be featured on his show for quite awhile. "I can't speak for any other Radio Exe presenter, as of now for the foreseeable future, I'm not playing any of her songs," he explained.
According to The Sun, Ora first started feeling the heat after police were called to Casa Cruz restaurant in London on Nov. 28, where her party was reportedly going on. Currently, the lockdown orders in England prevent individuals from meeting with more than one other person outside of their household.
"Police were called at 21:10 on Saturday, 28 November, to reports of a potential breach of Covid regulations at a commercial premises in Clarendon Road, W11. Officers attended and carried out enquiries at the scene but found no indication of any offence being committed at the time," police said in a statement obtained by The Sun. "Officers continue to assess the allegations and are liaising with the local authority regarding a potential breach of regulations at the premises. Enquiries continue."
The Sun also published a photo of celebrity guests at the alleged 30-person bash, including Cara and Poppy Delevingne.
The singer promptly issued an apology on social media. "Hello all, I attended a small gathering with some friends to celebrate my 30th birthday," she posted in an Instagram Story on Nov. 30, via Just Jared. "It was a spur of the moment decision made with the misguided view that we were coming out of lockdown and this would be OK."
She continued: "I'm deeply sorry for breaking the rules and in turn understand that this puts people at risk. This was a serious and inexcusable error of judgment. Given the restrictions, I realise how irresponsible these actions were and I take full responsibility. I feel particularly embarrassed knowing first hand how hard people have worked to combat this terrible illness and being fully aware of the sacrifices that people and businesses have made to help keep us all safe. Even though this won't make it right, I want to sincerely apologise."
Of course, Ora isn't the only celebrity who has experienced backlash due to controversial pandemic behavior. Read on for other stars who have been slammed for similar reasons, and for more celebrities dealing with difficult situations, check out "Stranger Things" Star Shares Heartbreaking Video, Deletes Social Media.
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On Thanksgiving morning, rapper Cardi B tweeted, "Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Enjoy your family & friends and the turkey legs," despite the fact that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had warned Americans not to gather with people outside their household for the holiday. But hours later, she made matters worse when she tweeted: "12kids and 25 adults over the holidays.It was lit."
The rapper was met with tons of backlash from followers, prompting a follow-up: "Sorry my bad wasn't trying to make nobody feel bad.I just had my family in my home for the first time and it felt so good & uplifted me .I spent soo much money getting every1 tested but it felt worth it.I wasnt trying to offend no1."
Despite California's non-essential travel ban, Kim Kardashian and a large group of her closest friends and family members jetted off to a private island in Tahiti in October to celebrate her 40th birthday. The reality star shared several photos of the soiree on social media and wrote a message to fans revealing that partygoers quarantined for 14 days prior to jetting off to paradise.
Fans quickly mocked her "humble" party, knocking her actions as insensitive. British musician Peter Frampton even weighed in. "Are you that insensitive you don't realise this is not what the majority of people during the worst Covid spike yet want to hear? People are going to food banks not private islands," he wrote on Twitter.
Kim's younger sister, supermodel Kendall Jenner, was the center of her own pandemic-related controversy. Despite most of the country taking a year off from their usual Halloween activities, Jenner threw a costume party in Los Angeles in honor of the holiday as well as her 24th birthday. Videos later circulated on the internet of the star-studded event—attended by the like of Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, Scott Disick, The Weeknd, Winnie Harlow, Saweetie, and Jaden Smith—with many fans pointing out that masks were not part of the dress code.
Mom and manager Kris Jenner defended her daughter's decision to host the party during an interview with Andy Cohen on Radio Andy. "We live our lives trying to be just really good people," she said. "We're dealing with lots of people that have different opinions, and all we can do is live our lives the best way we know how and be responsible and do the right thing, and we're doing that exactly." And for more on what Jenner is really like, check out An Airport Employee Rates Celebrities Based on How Rude They Are.
In mid-March, when COVID-19 restrictions were first introduced and much of the country was on lockdown, Vanderpump Rules star Scheana Shay extended a Twitter invitation for fans to join her at home in quarantine. "Call me 'ignorant' but I'm not gonna stop living!" she wrote.
The reality star ended up apologizing on Twitter, claiming she is not "a person who regularly watches the news." Backlash from fans didn't seem to bother her. "If I didn't annoy people, I probably wouldn't have a job." And if you love to hate reality TV stars, here are The Most Hated People in Reality TV History.
Lost star Evangeline Lilly made headlines around the same time when she posted on Instagram that her children were still attending camp in the midst of the pandemic. "Just dropped my kids off at gymnastics camp. They all washed their hands before going in. They are playing and laughing. #businessasusual."
She was quickly slammed by her followers for not following Los Angeles' strict social distancing rules. "Some people value their lives over freedom, some people value freedom over their lives. We all make our choices," she responded. Eventually, Lilly issued a formal apology for her "insensitivity." And for more on the latest in the state these celebrities call home, check out California May Be Locking Down Again, Governor Warns.