LOS ANGELES — From finding ways to help others cope to sheltering in place to canceling events, here’s a look at some of the ways the entertainment industry is reacting to the spread of the coronavirus, which most people recover from but can cause severe illness in the elderly and those with preexisting medical conditions.
HUDGENS TRIES TO HUSH CRITICS
Vanessa Hudgens is apologizing for an Instagram video in which she downplayed the coronavirus outbreak.
“I realize my words were insensitive and not at all appropriate for the situation our country and the world are in right now,” Hudgens said in a Twitter post Tuesday. “This has been a huge wake up call about the significance my words have, now more than ever.”
In the Monday Instagram video she had said, “It’s a virus I get it, I respect it, but at the same time, even if everybody gets it, yeah, people are gonna die. It’s terrible, but inevitable?”
She then ends it by saying, ”I don’t know, maybe I shouldn’t be doing this right now,” with a small laugh.
After facing enmity on social media including a constant stream of harsh criticism in her own comments section, she made another video earlier Tuesday assuring her fans that she takes the virus very seriously, but stopped short of an apology until she posted one hours later on Twitter.
HOPE FOR THE HOMEBOUND
Miley Cyrus is looking to spread hope and warmth to those stuck at home during the coronavirus outbreak.
She announced Tuesday that every day this week she’ll be appearing on Instagram Live for a talk show she’s calling “ Bright Minded: Live with Miley.”
Her first guest on Monday was her own therapist, and her second on Tuesday was Demi Lovato.
“I haven’t changed these sweat pants in about five days,” Cyrus said during Tuesday’s live stream, “and I don’t plan on doing it any time soon.”
“These afternoon sessions are all about bringing light to a dark time, staying positive and overcoming stress during this pandemic,” Cyrus said in a statement. “They also offer hope and escapism, optimism and a way to stay connected while we all try to social distance. STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY!!!!! xoxo.”
Cyrus is among many celebrities appearing and entertaining in novel ways on social media amid the pandemic.
Amy Adams and Jennifer Garner have read children’s books on Instagram for a new charity they’ve begun called #SaveWithStories.