- Vanessa Hudgens faced backlash after downplaying the severity of the coronavirus in an Instagram live, saying, “people are gonna die, which is terrible, but like, inevitable?”
- After Hudgens apologized, Chrissy Teigen defended her, arguing that everyone has made or will make insensitive comments and should be able to learn from them without having their lives destroyed.
- Some agreed, noting that Hudgens threw her support behind those impacted by the virus before this scandal.
- However, her comments also came at a time when dozens of celebrities have been using their platforms to stress the importance of taking the virus seriously.
What Hudgens Said
Actress Vanessa Hudgens came under fire on Tuesday over “insensitive” comments she made about the coronavirus during a recent Instagram live.
A clip taken from her Monday live stream shows Hudgens telling her fans, “Um yeah, till July sounds like a bunch of bullshit. I’m sorry.”
“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,” she added.
The backlash came pretty quickly as the video spread across social media, racking up millions of views.
In response to all the outrage, Hudgens issues the first of two apologies. In an Instagram story video, she told the Internet what they love to hear in situations like this: “I realized today that some of my comments are being taken out of context.”
“It’s a crazy time. It’s a crazy, crazy time and I am at home and in lockdown, and that’s what I hope you guys are doing too — in full quarantine and staying safe and sane.”
“I don’t take the situation lightly by any means,” the actress continued. “I am home. So, stay inside y’all.”
That post was then unsurprisingly met with some more anger, with many slamming her for focusing so much on herself.
Holy shit this chick is self centered. Both her videos screams “Me, me, ME!!!!!” She has no moral compass and makes even the apology about herself. How hard is it to say: “No, I am not taking lightly the fact that thousands upon thousands of people are going to die.’. Awful chick— Hanner (@GangstHannah) March 17, 2020
@VanessaHudgens Your comments were not taken out of context. A very ignorant and selfish comment. Good luck getting any work. People won’t forget this. Btw, what was the context? Do you have a medical degree I’m not aware of?— Kristen Wiltse (@kwiltse) March 17, 2020
The continued outrage prompted Hudgens to try again, this time with a notes app apology. “I’m sorry for the way i have offended anyone and everyone who has seen the clip from my Instagram live yesterday. I realize my words were insensitive and not at all appropriate for the situation in our country and the world we are in right now,” she wrote.
She added that this situation has been a “huge wake up call” for her about the significance of her words and sent well wishes to everyone during this time.
Chrissy Teigen Steps In
While many continued to slam Hudgens over her remarks, Chrissy Teigen took to Twitter with a different opinion writing, “sometimes people, especially famous people, are gonna say really stupid shit. & so are you. and they, and u, will learn from it & hopefully their history says they’re good. it’s ok. and at the same time, wow they really had a dumb fuckin moment. but u don’t have ruin their lives”
Teigen then replied to several people, including those who criticized Hudgen’s apology. She essentially agreed that the comments were insensitive and said Hudgens will grow from this experience, but suggested that no apology the High School Musical star issues will ever satisfy everyone.
“What can I say. Kids and online torture have made me a much more empathetic person. May you never be on the end of everyone hating you,” she concluded.
Celebs Using Their Platforms For Good
Many of Hudgens’ fans agree with Teigen’s perspective, noting that the actress has been staying home and has been supportive of those impacted by the virus. Before this scandal, Hudgens threw her support behind the organization Feeding America, donating money herself and encouraging others to do the same.
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It’s a crazy time out there in the world. School closures, job disruptions, lack of paid sick leave and the coronavirus’ disproportionate impact on adults age 60 and older and low-income families are all contributing to the demands placed on food banks across the country. Join me in supporting @feedingamerica today. Let’s help each other out rather than freaking the fuck out. Kk? LINK IN BIO
Some fans even compared Hudgens’ mistake to that of Rudy Gobert, the NBA player who prompted the NBA shut down when he tested positive for the virus after jokingly touching microphones at a press conference and reportedly acting “careless” around other players.
“It is good to put your hand up and say, ‘I’m sorry that I hurt people and got it wrong.’ Rudy Gobert has learned. Looks like @VanessaHudgens has too,” one Twitter user wrote.
But for many others, the comments were especially frustrating because they came at a time when dozens of other celebs are using their voices for good. Stars like Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, and Hilary Duff have been calling for people to stay home. Meanwhile, others, like John Legend and Chris Martin, have been putting on free concerts via live steams to encourage and entertain those following social distancing recommendations.
Just last night, Billie Eilish posted a lengthy video urging her fans to take the virus seriously but warning against hoarding food and panic buying. So while Hudgens may have apologized, many are still having a hard time forgiving the star for her remarks at this time.
Twitch Faces Backlash After Booking Megan Thee Stallion At TwitchCon Amid Creator Pay Cuts
The cut in revenue share has ignited severe backlash on Twitch, where users argue pay for creators should be increased, not slashed.
Revenue Share Shake Up
Twitch users are criticizing the company for hiring artist Megan Thee Stallion to perform at TwitchCon just one week after announcing cutbacks to top creator pay.
Last week, the video and streaming platform said that starting in June of next year, some creators will receive less revenue from their subscriptions. While the standard split for subscription revenue is 50/50, some major streamers previously received a more favorable 70/30 share in premium agreement terms.
Many creators have long argued that everyone should get that 70/30 share, but Twitch took a step in the opposite direction. In the future, streamers with premium terms will only get the 70/30 slice for their first $100,000 from subscription revenue. After that, they will get bumped down to the regular 50/50 cut.
The company argued the move was necessary as the premium terms previously lacked transparency and consistency, insisting it tried to modify the policy in a way that impacted the least amount of creators. According to Twitch’s statement, 90% of streamers on standard agreements will not even be impacted by the change.
Still, this move outraged Twitch users who were furious the company was not investing more in the creators that bring so many viewers to its platform. Those frustrations were exacerbated on Wednesday when the company announced Megan Thee Stallion would make an appearance at TwitchCon, a weekend-long event set to take place in San Diego in early October.
Backlash Continues to Mount
While no details of Megan Thee Stallion’s agreement to perform have been disclosed, one can assume she charges a pretty penny to book at an event of this nature. Critics argued that if Twitch is willing to spend money on her, it should be willing to spend it on its own streamers.
“So Twitch can’t afford to pay their creators 70/30, can’t fix their media player that crashes after each ad, can’t enforce their policies so people aren’t doing inappropriate things on stream, but they can afford paying celebrities to promote their streaming site?” one person wrote.
“It’s weird that a company that just announced a bunch of budget cuts due to infrastructure costs goes out and grabs an A-list musician instead of promoting their own musicians that run on their platform,” another person claimed.
“Instead of giving your creators a cut they deserve when they do so much work, this is what you do…?” one user asked. “Maybe give your creators a better deal instead of wasting their hard earned money on things we don’t even want.”
Twitch has not responded to the outrage, but Megan Thee Stallion was not the only music act the Amazon-owned service booked for the event. Kim Petras and Meet Me at the Altar will also take the stage at TwitchCon.
The backlash comes as concerns have been mounting against Twitch for a plethora of reasons including creator pay, gambling streams, and more.
In recent months, some of the platform’s biggest names have left Twitch in favor of rival services like YouTube Gaming.
“Dahmer” Series Breaks Netflix Records Amid Backlash For Exploiting Victims’ Stories
Family members of some of the murderer’s victims say the program is “retraumatizing.”
“Dahmer” Lands Successful Week on Netflix
While criticisms mount against “Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” the true crime series broke Netflix’s record as the most-watched first week for a series debut.
According to data provided by the streaming giant, the Evan Peters-led show was watched for over 196 million hours between its release on Sept. 21 and Sept. 25.
“Dahmer” is the newest of several pieces of fiction and media based on the famous serial killer. Created by Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, the series quickly generated a lot of attention online, primarily from those concerned the show is exploiting a gruesome true story.
Critics have echoed those fears, giving the show a mixed 50% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The “Critic’s Consensus” blurb on the site states that while the show is “seemingly self-aware of the peril in glorifying Jeffrey Dahmer” the story still “tilts this horror story into the realm of queasy exploitation.”
Victims’ Families Speak Out
The family of Errol Lindsey, one of Dahmer’s victims, has also spoken out against the series. In a viral tweet, Lindsey’s cousin Eric Perry said his family is “pissed about the show.”
“It’s retraumatizing over and over again, and for what?” he wrote. “How many movies/shows/documentaries do we need?”
In much of the promotion for the series, Netflix claimed it would be told from the perspective of the victims. Perry slammed that narrative, noting that his family was never even contacted by the streamer about the project.
“So when they say they’re doing this ‘with respect to the victims’ or ‘honoring the dignity of the families’, no one contacts them,” he wrote. “My cousins wake up every few months at this point with a bunch of calls and messages and they know there’s another Dahmer show. It’s cruel.”
Lindsey’s sister, Rita Isbell, echoed that claim in an essay she wrote for Insider, noting that Netflix did not notify her of the show, or ask her any questions about her brother.
She said that watching the show “felt like reliving it all over again.”
“It brought back all the emotions I was feeling back then,” she wrote.
“It’s sad that they’re just making money off of this tragedy. That’s just greed,” she continued.
Obsession With Dahmer
Controversy has also grown from some of the responses to the series, as many viewers have posted fan edits of the show that romanticize Dahmer. Some pair clips of Peters’ Dahmer with his victims to love songs or pop ballads, leaving a bad taste in the mouths of those who do not understand why someone would make content glorifying the killer.
Others have responded to the show by calling Dahmer “hot” or posting thirst tweets about his mug shot. This has resulted in a backlash of its own.
“Jeffrey Dahmer molested and murdered people, mostly black men and boys,” one person wrote. “So to see people making edits and thirst traps of him is a little off putting.”
“if I see anyone tweeting thirst tweets about Jeffrey Dahmer I’m immediately unfollowing,” another person said. “That’s so fuckin nasty.”
Concerns that this kind of media results in more people admiring Dahmer are also mounting in Milwaukee, where many of his crimes took place. According to TMZ, the city is considering creating something to honor the victims, but officials fear a physical memorial would turn into a “mecca” for Dahmer’s fans.
YouTube Removes Age Restriction From Nicki Minaj Video After Singer Calls Company a “Bogus Platform”
Even though her video can now be viewed by all YouTuber users, Minaj made it clear she was upset that the age-gate tanked its view count in the first 24 hours.
Nicki Minaj Vs. YouTube
Nicki Minaj called out YouTube on Monday after the platform age-restricted her new music video for “Likkle Miss Remix” featuring Skeng.
By age-restricting a video, YouTube blocks users who are under 18 or not logged into a Google account from viewing the content.
Minaj’s video features close-up shots of people in skimpy outfits twerking, but several videos on YouTube with similar imagery have not been gated. Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” video is available for everyone, as is Minaj’s own “Anaconda” video.
In a since-deleted Instagram post, Minaj accused YouTube of being inconsistent and playing favorites.
“They restricted my fucking video but have things a million fucking times worse on their BOGUS FKNG PLATFORM,” she wrote in a post that included a screenshot of YouTube’s age-restriction notice. “This is what they do to keep you from winning while doing ads for another ppl and posting fake fkng stats. Because the same ppl who run YouTube are in bed with a certain record label and mngmnt company.”
Minaj further alleged that YouTube’s actions were done to prevent her from getting a significant number of views in the video’s first 24 hours, which is often the most crucial timeframe for a video’s success. She continued to assert that the Google-owned company has a bias toward certain music labels.
YouTube Walks Back Restriction
“How long have yall been playing the numbers game to lie & pretend ppl r doing ‘good’ when they r not?!?!!” Minaj continued in another post. “How much ad space did these duds purchase to be promoted on my channel in the last 5 years?!??!!!!”
Later on Monday, YouTube removed the restriction from Minaj’s video, per Variety. The company said the content in it did not violate its rules and guidelines.
While Minaj ended up deleting her Instagram posts calling YouTube out, she made it clear she was still frustrated by the debacle.
“FUCK THEM DUDS,” she tweeted. “THEY CANT GIVE US BACK OUR FIRST 24 HOURS CAN THEY?!?!!!”
As of Monday afternoon, her video had been viewed over one million times.