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Celebrity Silence During the Coronavirus Outbreak
With the need for medical supplies and financial assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic growing everyday, many are shining light on the deafening silence of celebrities and other well-known billionaires who have neglected to financially contribute.
The Coronavirus is affecting each and every American- although some more than others. Celebrity activity on social media, such as the infamous “Imagine” montage, where many A list stars sang a verse of the hit John Lennon song to inspire the American people, has led to backlash. Their followers demand to know why there is an absence of aid for the population that these influential celebrities and billionaires wish would “stay home and stay safe.”
Now don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of relief efforts organized by A-listers, such as the Real Housewives of New York City matriarch Bethenny Frankel, who donated 250 thousand masks to New York City hospitals, or Ryan Reynolds, founder of Aviation Gin that is donating thirty percent of all earnings to bartenders who are out of work due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, celebrities such as Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon and world’s richest man, have received backlash due to their lack of personal outreach during this national crisis.