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No One's Coronavirus Behaviour Is More Cringeworthy Than These Celebs

'Imagine' thinking this is a good idea.

We get it celebs, it’s hard to know how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. With most of the world self-isolating and social distancing, celebrities aren’t exactly sure what to do. Some are doing the right thing and donating money to essential causes, but, unfortunately, some are not, and it’s making for some super cringeworthy content.

While we’re on the subject of COVID-19, make sure you check out this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

So, without further ado, let’s dive deep into some incredibly cringe-worthy behaviour, led by celebrities, during the coronavirus pandemic. 

‘Imagine’ Thinking This Is Helpful

Just last week, Gal Gadot shared a video of herself and a whole bunch of other celebs singing John Lenon’s ‘Imagine’ in the name of coronavirus. Why? Well… um, yeah… we’re not sure. While Gadot’s proclaimed intentions were to unite the world, stating “we are in this together, we will get through it together. Let’s imagine together. Sing with us,” the project pretty much backfired. Many people took the piss out of it online, probably because most of us are worried about our employment, our health, our safety and don’t have the luxury of singing all our problems away. Suffice to say, this was absolutely cringe-worthy, although, props to John Mayer for finding the humour in it

Vanessa Hudgens Please Stop Talking

I actually feel quite bad for Vanessa Hudgens, because it was clearly just a moment of speaking before you’ve actually thought about what you’re saying. Last week the High School Musical star took to an Instagram Live to tell people they should get COVID-19. Yeah…Expectedly, the Internet pretty much called her out for her comments and an apology very quickly shot up! Let this be a lesson for all of you about to hit post without having proof-read what you’ve said.

How Many Retweets For This Shirt?

We all know and love Rita Ora, but I’m not quite on board with her latest initiative. First and foremost, we do have to hand it to her for having her heart in the right place, but the execution of this project was just cringe. Last week, Rita Ora launched very her own collaboration with the World Health Organisation and the United Nations Foundation. The collaboration existed in the form of COVID-19 inspired merchandise. While the proceeds went to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, which is a great cause, the merch caused a stirrup online, with many people questioning why she didn’t just donate money herself. Also, Twitter users commented on how the shirts would just become “landfill” anyway.

Taylor Swift & Kim Kardashian’s Cold, Cold, Beef

Kanye West and Taylor Swift have been feuding for over a decade now and for some reason, that feud was reignited this week. After full footage of Kanye’s infamous phone call with Taylor Swift appeared online, Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian unnecessarily brought back their feud. In an Instagram Story, Taylor Swift said, “Instead of answering those who are asking how I feel about the video footage that was leaked, proving that I was telling the truth the whole time about *that call* (you know, the one that was illegally recorded, that somebody edited and manipulated in order to frame me and put me, my family and fans through hell for 4 years)… Swipe up to see what really matters”, linking to WHO and Feeding America, and calling on followers to donate during the COVID-19 pandemic. What i’m wondering is, why did she have to use the feud to do good? It doesn’t make any sense to me. At least now, she’s giving money to her fans who have been impacted by COVID-19.

But we must say, while celebs have been quite cringe during the coronavirus pandemic, there are some celebs who are doing quite good! Rihanna’s foundation, Clara Lionel Foundation, donated $5 million USD to a variety of charities, including the World Health Organisation. Lil Nas X and Megan Thee Stallion both pledged to send money to their followers who had been financially affected by Coronavirus. Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively donated $1 million USD to food banks. Shawn Mendes donated $175,000 to SickKids Hospital in Toronto. Kylie Jenner donated $1million USD to COVID-19 efforts and the list goes on. At the end of the day, not all celebs are cringe, let’s just hope we see more of the positive behaviour in the next few weeks.

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Remember Cascada? She Evacuated The Dancefloor And Still Got COVID-19

*hits pause on 'Everytime We Touch'*

Nostalgic pop-group, Cascada, is sadly on our radar for all the wrong reasons today. In an Instagram post made by the lead singer, Natalie Horler has come forward and said that she does, in fact, have Coronavirus. 

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After developing symptoms including a fever, headache, loss of smell and loss of taste, Natalie got herself tested and the results came back positive. In the post, she said, “I just got a call from the hospital where I was tested today and I do have the Coronavirus.”

NO. PLEASE. NOT. CASCADA. NO.

Natalie continued, “But, all-in-all I’m okay… They said they think I’ll probably have quite a mild development of it all… So, I’m not really worried.” Thank goodness for that. You can watch the full video, where she addresses her situation, here:

Natalie also assured us that her life isn’t going to “change much” as a result of this diagnosis. She said, “I’ve been isolating myself anyway these past 8 days and I’m just going to continue and just take the quarantine a notch up now, meaning: no more random supermarket visits, no matter how careful, no more walks, I’m just literally gonna get fresh air on the terrace and that’s going to be it.”

Shockingly, however, even though she possessed symptoms, she didn’t qualify for a test as she hadn’t been in any high-risk places nor had she come into contact with a confirmed case. Before the Instagram post was uploaded, the singer had taken to her Instagram Stories to let her followers know that she had paid €128 to take a test, because she wanted to ‘know for sure’ if she had had it. And thank God she did. 

A precautious legend.

Cascada is the latest celebrity to come forward and say they have the virus, joining: Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Idris Elba, Sabrina Dhowre, Daniel Dae Kim, Andy Cohen and many others. We, like the many fans commenting on her post, wish Cascada all the best with her recovery.

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Now Is Not The Time To Reheat Your Old Beef, Kim Kardashian And Taylor Swift

This is why we can’t have nice things.

If you were to log onto the Internet yesterday, you would see that both Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian were trending. No, it’s not because they’ve both made sizable donations to those who need it at this terrible time, it’s because they’ve reignited some old beef. Yep. That’s it. That’s why. 

Neither, Kim.

We spoke about Taylor Swift on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

For some essential context, Kanye West and Taylor Swift have been enemies ever since 2009, but the beef in question is rooted in a phone call that happened in 2016.

In that year, Kanye West dropped a single called “Famous” which featured the lyric, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex, why? I made that b**ch famous.” After Taylor Swift spoke out about being blind-sighted by this lyric, Kim Kardashian released footage of Kanye calling Taylor to ask her permission to use her name in the song. However, there was no mention of calling her “that b**ch” in the phone call, which Taylor Swift openly took issue with after.

In 2017, social media notably turned against Taylor Swift, with much of the internet calling her a snake (a motif that would soon pop up on much of her following album). 

So. Many. Snakes.

Fast-forward to this week, the full video of the phone call has made its way onto the internet and, what do you know, the line does not appear in the 20-minute, unedited recording. Instead, Kanye tells Taylor of the lines “I feel like Taylor Swift might owe me sex” or “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex”, to which she responds with “I thought it was going to be like, ‘That stupid, dumb bitch’, but it’s not.” Except, it was. You can watch the full video here:

From this video came Taylor and Kim Kardashian expressing their opinions, vicariously through other people. Kim Kardashian liked a Tweet that said, “The video showed nothing new. We all knew that. I’m so confused right now.” Also, Taylor Swift took to Tumblr to like a bunch of posts on Tumblr, including one that said, “WHO WAS TELLING THE TRUTH THE ENTIRE TIME???”

Days later, they’ve both addressed the issue, this time personally.

In an Instagram story, Taylor Swift wrote: “Instead of answering those who are asking how I feel about the video footage that was leaked, proving that I was telling the truth the whole time about *that call* (you know, the one that was illegally recorded, that somebody edited and manipulated in order to frame me and put me, my family and fans through hell for 4 years)… Swipe up to see what really matters”, linking to WHO and Feeding America, and calling on followers to donate during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kim Kardashian replied to Taylor in a string of Tweets, saying “Taylor Swift has chosen to reignite an old exchange – that at this point in time feels very self-serving given the suffering millions of real victims are facing right now. You can go through the entire thread here: 

Also, Taylor Swift’s good friend Todrick Hall has inserted himself into the narrative, for some reason.

At the end of the day, this feud is old and tired, and it definitely did not need to be brought up at a time like this. No, Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian did not need to “like” posts against one another. No, neither of them needed to make a “statement” on the issue. In the words of the self-aware, Kim Kardashian, “nobody cares.” 

Nobody really cared at the time and definitely, nobody cares now. There is literally so much more that we need to be worried about, and it’s time that these two celebrities use their platforms for good instead of reigniting old feuds for personal gain. Props must be given to Taylor Swift for giving her followers a swipe-up link to donate, but she didn’t need to use this beef to do so.

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