UPDATED 3/17, 5:05 p.m. ET: Vanessa Hudgens apologized after her comments about coronavirus came under fire.
She called the comments "insensitive and not at all appropriate for the situation."
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Vanessa Hudgens is facing backlash after saying that deaths from coronavirus are “inevitable.”
The actress took to Instagram Live, where a fan named Austin mentioned in the comments that they were being tested for coronavirus. Hudgens moved to other topics but returned to COVID-19 talk when asked about a London trip being postponed, potentially for months. “Um, yeah, till July sounds like a bunch of bullshit, I’m sorry. But like, 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? I don’t know, maybe I shouldn’t be doing this right now.”
Twitter users didn’t react well to her take on the viral pandemic.
Hudgens hasn't yet responded, but she did opt to wish her followers a happy St. Patrick’s Day on Tuesday afternoon, saying in an IG video, “I wish we were in a pub, but we’re not. Because lockdown.”
A number of celebrities have used their platforms to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, while others have made donations to benefit those who are sick and/or out of work due to the disease. Hudgens was among the stars who encouraged others to give back to those in need, directing her followers to the Feeding America non-profit organization over the weekend.