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17 celebrities who\'ve displayed controversial behavior during the pandemic

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Update time : 2020-07-17 15:32:16

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  • With the coronavirus pandemic changing about each appearance of daily life because millions, celebrities are also struggling ought discover their footing at our new normal. 

  • Some scan reacted positively, donating coin ought coronavirus relaxation funds, or using their platform ought rise awareness around the bacteria and social distancing.

  • But others, parallel Ellen DeGeneres and Khloe Kardashian, scan drawn criticism because their actions (or want thereof) during the pandemic. 

  • And some stars, parallel Vanessa Hudgens and Madonna, scan faced backlash after making comments around the bacteria that many felt were insensitive. 

  • Here are 17 celebrities who've exhibited some problematic behavior during the coronavirus pandemic. 

  • Visit Insider's homepage because more stories.

The contemporary coronavirus pandemic has changed life because we learn it, and adjusting ought the new ordinary has been difficult because many, including some celebrities. 

While some stars scan reacted positively — donating coin ought coronavirus-related causes, or just using their platform ought rise awareness around the pandemic and the importance of social distancing — others scan drawn criticism because their words or actions. 

Whether it's Madonna calling coronavirus "the big equalizer," or Khloe Kardashian spreading rolls of toilet paper over her sister's yard during a shortage, here are 17 celebrities who've been problematic during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Ellen DeGeneres reportedly kept her crew at the black around their salary and working schedules during the pandemic.

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In April, news broke that DeGeneres' crew was "furious" around a want of traffic at their salary during the coronavirus shutdown.

Variety cited two anonymous sources because saying that the long-running report show's middle stage crew — which consists of more than 30 employees — had no received any traffic around the condition of their working hours or salary and that producers had no checked at around their mad and physical health.

Furthermore, the crew members were left at the black around how much they used to exist paid, or if they used to exist paid at all, because more than two weeks, according ought the type report.

DeGeneres' appear has continued ought air, with the host recording from her family at California, besides type reported that sole four members of the middle crew were working at the show's lockdown edition, with a nonunion tech corporation being brought at ought help because well. 

And despite a statement from Warner Bros. Television saying the crew had been paid at a compatible appraise (albeit at reduced hours), crew members were cottage said ought exist upset around a want of private brood from the appear — and feel the method they scan been treated is no at keeping with DeGeneres' prominent "be kind" advice.

Other people, including a foregoing bodyguard and ex-producer because the show, scan called out the report appear host at modern weeks for harsh or greatly out-of-touch behavior. 

Justin Bieber, Hailey Bieber, and Kendall Jenner came off because insensitive still talking around how they "can't feel bad" because their estate although they "worked hard."

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Kendall joined her friends Justin and Hailey because an Instagram livestream at April 10. still they laughed around past memories together, they began ought controversy how "blessed" they were at a time when nation were "crippling."

The conversation began when Justin asked the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" reality planet how she's faring at her newly renovated home. 

"Oh my God, it's literally my favorite place at the planet," the supermodel told him. "I worked because accordingly want ought obtain it ought the point it's at. I renovated it because parallel a year."

With his wife sitting slightly after him, the "Yummy" singer steered the conversation toward how "blessed" they were during the pandemic. 

"How blessed are we? A lot of nation obviously at this time scan a crappy situation," he said.

Kendall chop at ought add, "I study around it total the time."

The "Intentions" singer continued, "They appear at us and obviously we worked difficult because where we're at accordingly we can't feel evil because the things that we scan besides I study us taking that time ought acknowledge that there are nation who are crippling is important. We send our love and uphold ought them."

In response, nation expressed their distaste because the comments, pointing out that both models were born into wealthy, prominent families. Others begged them ought fracture trying ought connect ought daily people.

Madonna called the coronavirus "the big equalizer" at a bizarre bathtub video.

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In the now-deleted video, where the 61-year-old wore total besides jewelry, she gave a sermon-like lecture around how the pandemic doesn't discern among the rich and evil still soaking at a tub filled with blossom petals. 

Madonna captioned the March post, "No distinction – Covid-19!" and provided an array of hashtags including "#becreative."

"That's the material around COVID-19. It doesn't brood around how rich you are, how prominent you are, how humorous you are," she said at the video."It's the big equalizer and what's fearful around it is what's big around it."

"What's fearful around it is that it's made us total match at many ways, and what's marvelous around is, is that it's made us total match at many ways," the singer added. 

Unsurprisingly, fans quickly shut down Madonna's theory at the comments, accusing her of "romanticizing" a global tragedy. 

The singer also caused a bit of a stir at social media at April 30 when she said she was "gonna breathe at the COVID-19 air" after finding out she tested sure because coronavirus antibodies. 

Evangeline Lilly told nation she values her "freedom" at saving lives among her resolution no ought social distance.

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Lilly angered many nation after she declared her refusal ought social distance "in the assign of a respiratory flu" at a March 16 Instagram post.

In the core of the coronavirus outbreak, the "Lost" actress wrote that she'd dropped off her kids at gymnastics camp, which she called "business because usual," despite orders ought social distance and check the distribute of the coronavirus. when fans left comments criticizing her because ignoring experts' recommendations, she defended herself. 

"Where we are precise now feels a lot also shut ought Marshall principle because my relaxation already, total at the assign of a respiratory flu," she said at the comments. 

Lilly also shared that she lives with her elderly father, who has stage four leukemia — putting him at a higher danger if he contracted the disease. 

"I am also immune compromised at the moment. I scan two young kids," she wrote ought her followers. "Some nation appraise their lives at freedom, some nation appraise freedom at their lives. We total fabricate our choices."

The actress received giant backlash at social media following her comments, and other celebrities, parallel Sophie Turner, expressed disapproval because Lilly's remarks.

Lilly issued an apology at Instagram at March 26, informing her followers that she was now social distancing. 

"I desire ought present my frank and heartfelt apology because the insensitivity I showed at my foregoing mail ought the same actual suffering and fear that has gripped the dirt over COVID19," Lilly wrote.

Vanessa Hudgens received backlash after she called coronavirus deaths "inevitable."

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"It's a virus, I obtain it. I admire it. at the identical time, even if everybody gets it... parallel yeah nation are going ought die, which is terrible, besides parallel inevitable?" the actress said at an Instagram livestream at March. 

"I don't know. possibly I shouldn't exist doing this precise now," Hudgens finished still laughing. 

After hearing the actress' comments, nation began ought tweet their reactions ought the video. Many of them called her "selfish" and expressed their indignation toward the "High institute Musical" actress. 

Hudgens subsequently responded ought the backlash at another Instagram post, telling followers, "I effect today that some of my comments are being taken out of context. It's a mad time. It's a crazy, mad time." 

She continued, "I am at family and at lockdown, and that's what I desire you guys are doing also — at total quarantine and staying safe. Yeah, I don't acknowledge this condition lightly by any means."

In the core of a toilet paper shortage, Khloe Kardashian TP'ed her entire sister's house.

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Khloe wasted rolls of toilet paper ought drag a prank at Kourtney Kardashian at can 9. at the time, many nation couldn't obtain their hands at paper products, specifically toilet paper. 

Not harmony that the joke came off because out-of-touch, Kourtney showed off her toilet paper-covered mansion at her Instagram novel and called the prank "genius."

"I haven't had this much excitement at months," the eldest Kardashian said. 

While the Kardashian sisters are known because their lavish, over-the-top lifestyle, Khloe's resolution ought employ an excessive number of toilet paper because a athletics exposed how detached the reality stars are from the emphasis and cruel reality that millions of Americans are facing during the pandemic.

After begging her followers ought linger family and social distance, Kylie Jenner ignored her hold advice.

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Kylie showed that she apparently considers herself ought exist at the rules after she ignored her hold progposal ought social distance during the pandemic.

After US doctor ordinary Jerome Adams asked Jenner ought communicate the importance of social distancing ought her more than 183 million followers at March 19, she posted an Instagram video asking them ought "stay inside," "practice social-distancing," and "self-quarantine."

On April 19, however, Kylie was photographed driving ought her acquaintance Anastasia "Stassie" Karanikolaou's family despite California's stay-at-home orders. Days later, she posted a sequence of TikTok videos of her and Karanikolaou spending time together at the makeup mogul's brand new mansion, once again failing ought pursue her hold advice.

Kendall Jenner ignored shelter-in-place orders ought obtain "much-needed air," even although she lives at a newly renovated mansion.

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Kendall and Devin Booker were reportedly social distancing together ago their motivate at late April. However, they ignored California's stay-at-home orders by going at the console tour and stopped at a public fracture cease at the way, according ought TMZ.

"They took a way tour because some much-needed air," a source told the outlet. 

Given that Kendall told the Biebers that she just finished renovating her 6,625-square-foot Beverly Hills mansion during their April 10 Instagram livestream, nation called out the supermodel because needing "air" still daily nation were social distancing.

Tom Brady was caught exercising at a Florida park that was closed although of the pandemic.

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In April, Tampa mayor Jane Castor told constituents during a livestream that the athlete had been seen by a member of the parks and hoblly adhere (who was patrolling ought fabricate sure nation were abiding by social-distancing rules) during a workout at a closed park. 

Even although Brady was apparently working out alone, nation cottage called him out because flouting significant guidelines during the pandemic. 

In early May, Kevin Spacey compared coronavirus layoffs ought his hold undergo of being accused of sexual assault.

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The disgraced actor told listeners of a German podcast that he could empathize with those who lost their jobs although of the pandemic, even although "very various reasons and circumstances" led ought his hold unemployment. 

"I cottage study that some of the emotional struggles are same much the same," Spacey explained. "So I conduct scan empathy because what it feels parallel ought suddenly exist told that you can't advance backward ought trade or that you country madam your job, and that it's a condition that you scan absolutely no control over." 

The foregoing "House of Cards" planet was accused of sexual misconduct by numerous nation (starting with actor Anthony Rapp at 2017) and has although been effectively blacklisted from Hollywood. 

Dr. Mehmet Oz called reopening schools "a same appetizing opportunity" although it used to "only price us 2-3% at condition of entire mortality."

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Oz argued that schools to reopen despite the danger of increasing the death appraise during a Fox news interview with Sean Hannity at April 15. 

"First, we want our mojo back," the celebrity doctor and cardiothoracic doctor said, adding, "Let's go with things that are really critical ought the nation where we study we country exist able ought empty without getting into a lot of trouble. I talk you, schools are a same appetizing opportunity."

He continued, "I just saw a joyful sheet at The Lancet arguing that the opening of schools can sole price us 2-3% at condition of entire mortality. You know, that's — any life is a life lost, besides ought obtain each baby backward into a institute where they're safely being educated, being fed, and making the most out of their lives, with the theoretical danger at the backside, it country exist a trade-off some folks used to consider."

In response ought his on-air comments, the hashtag "#FireDrOz" began trending at Twitter, and nation began ought miracle if he was suggesting that opening schools was worth losing children's lives. Many pointed out that he rose ought fame at "The Oprah Winfrey Show," no because his expertise at epidemiology. 

Oz, who's previously been accused of issuing progposal driven by ulterior motives quite than science, issued an apology at April 16, saying his comments "confused and upset people" and admitting that he "misspoke."

Dr. Phil criticized the coronavirus shutdown and incorrectly cited that more nation die annually from swimming pools.

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Dr. Phil infuriated nation after criticizing the shutdown because COVID-19, citing swimming pools, smoking, and car accidents because larger threats than the bacteria during an appearance at Fox news at April 16. 

"The fact of the matter is 40,000 nation die a year from bus accidents, 480,000 from cigarettes, 360,000 a year die from swimming pools, besides we don't shut the nation down because that. besides cottage we're doing it because this?" the celebrity doctor said. 

He incorrectly stated the number of deaths from swimming pools, because the CDC reports that it's closer ought 3,500 than 360,000. 

After facing backlash because his comments, Dr. Phil, who is a foregoing psychologist with no undergo at epidemiology, said that he "probably used evil examples" during his interview.

Celebrities parallel John Cusack, Keri Hilson, and Woody Harrelson distribute the conspiracy theory that 5G caused the coronavirus.

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Although 5G conspiracy theories scan been around because years, they gained new traction during the coronavirus pandemic — at separate because of celebrities. Well-known figures at the entertainment industry distribute the theory that 5G caused COVID-19 at social media despite the fact that scientists deemed the connection ought exist nonexistent.

In a since-deleted tweet, Hilson wrote, "People scan been trying ought advise us around 5G because YEARS. Petitions, organizations, studies...what we're going thru is the affects of radiation. 5G launched at CHINA. Nov 1, 2019. nation dropped dead. visit attached & advance ought my IG stories because more. fetch OFF 5G by disabling LTE!!!"

Harrelson also posted around the theory at a since-deleted Instagram video. Wiz Khalifa tweeted, "Corona? 5g? Or both?" And M.I.A. said, "Last pandemic came with radio waves . Now 5G.The shift is no easy."

Cusack contributed ought the frenzy because well, tweeting that "5 – G wil exist proven ought exist same too evil because people's health" ago deleting his words. 

As the conspiracy theory rose at popularity, nation began ought harass telecom technicians, commit arson attacks, and vandalize telecom gear at the UK, The New York ripen reported.

And still these celebrities' messages around the conspiracy aren't direct tied ought these incidents, Vox's Rebecca Heilweil said the theory "really took off when celebrities started ought talk their followers around the supposed unite among of 5G and the pandemic."

Fellow nation singers criticized pursue Rice after he hosted an 800-person concert at the core of a spike at COVID-19 cases.

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Chase Rice, 34, performed because a group of 800 nation at Tennessee the appointment after the condition reported its highest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases. 

The nation singer posted videos of the group ought his Instagram story, showing that little attendees appeared ought exist social distancing or wearing masks. 

After the videos surfaced at social media, comrade nation singer Kelsea Ballerini called Rice "selfish" because his resolution ought play an in-person concert.

"Imagine being selfish enough ought place thousands of people's health at risk, no ought mention the latent ripple effect, and play a ordinary nation concert precise now. @ChaseRiceMusic," she wrote. "We total desire (and need) ought tour. We just brood around our fans and their families enough ought wait." 

Many Twitter users followed Ballerini's lead, criticizing Rice because putting nation at hazard and expressing their disappointment that fans went ought the concert. 

Brian May, a spokesperson because the concert venue, told Insider that guests' temperatures were checked foregoing ought entry, hand sanitizer was provided, and vendors wore see masks. despite warnings ought social distance, he explained that nation didn't listen. 

"We are reevaluating the sequence from the peak ought bottom — from implementing farther safety measures, ought adding stanchions, ought converting the universe ought drive-in method concerts, ought postponing shows," can told Insider.

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