Going through the music. 5 months after making headlines for a controversial concert amid the coronavirus pandemic, Chase Rice is underneath fireplace for joking about having COVID-19 as he promoted his new single.
“Simply misplaced my style and odor. Bizarre. Additionally, dropping a single at midnight,” the 35-year-old nation singer tweeted earlier this week, referring to his new monitor with Florida Georgia Line, “Fairly Spot On.”
Minutes later, Rice despatched one other tweet: ”On an actual observe. Don’t have covid. However I’m dropping a single tonight. With 2 guys that I realized loads from. Respect the hell out of @FLAGALine. And 10 years after we began doing music collectively and lived collectively, we’re at it once more.”
Whereas a number of nation music followers have been fast to ship Rice well-wishes after his preliminary put up, many social media customers have been upset after they realized he was joking about having the virus.
“I’ve misplaced all my respect for you this yr. Congrats. I’ll be turning off the radio each time it comes on,” one individual tweeted.
One other person wrote, “Actually in unhealthy style to joke about Covid. Thought you had realized something because the live performance incident this yr. Guess not. Right here’s an concept: take all of the earnings from this music and donate to Covid survivors or donate PPE to native hospitals. Do higher, Covid shouldn’t be a joke.”
Different social media customers defended Rice. One tweet read, “In the event you can’t make jokes proper now, when are you able to. I feel if individuals have been a little bit extra lighthearted throughout this time. Life wouldn’t be so depressing. Individuals joke about it each day, no purpose you possibly can’t too. Heard a tidbit of you new music w/ @FLAGALine on @SXMTheHighway, find it irresistible!!”
A fourth tweeter, nonetheless, fired again on the fan defending him, writing, “I do know proper final month when my mom died from covid we had a lot enjoyable as a household making covid jokes … Man good instances #loveyoumom.”
Rice has but to publicly reply to backlash for his joke. He beforehand acknowledged backlash for the way it “appeared” when he carried out at a venue with out masks in Tennessee on June 27.
“Everyone had a blast, however then as soon as I posted the video lots of people seeing that on-line had an enormous downside with how the present appeared,” the “Eyes on You” crooner mentioned through Instagram. “There’s quite a lot of various opinions, quite a lot of completely different opinions on COVID-19, the way it works with reside music crowds and what all that appears like.”
Rice has since carried out drive-in live shows.
“You may take your vehicles, take your automobiles. You will have your personal area, you will get out of your automobiles, you will get out of your vehicles and celebration with me,” he instructed his followers on the time. “Please do sing the songs, however keep in your personal area, stick with the individuals you got here with.”
Greater than 13 million of the reported 63 million coronavirus circumstances worldwide have been in the USA, with America main with the very best variety of deaths, greater than 269,000.
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