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Vanessa Hudgens: How She'll Make Up For Coronavirus Comments

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By danyellmarshall

Vanessa Hudgens sparked outrage when she took to Instagram Live and made some very insensitive remarks about the global coronavirus outbreak. Hudgens was called out for her comments almost immediately. Chrissy Teigen came to her defense pointing out that everyone says something they shouldn't have at some point in their lives. Since the comments were first made Hudgens has issued a public apology and says she hopes to learn from this moment and move on. She's ready to help stop the spread of the virus.

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Insensitive Comments

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Vanessa got herself into some hot water with fans when she commented on the coronavirus outbreak during an Instagram Live post: "Um, yeah, till July sounds like a bunch of bulls—, I'm sorry," she said in her rant. "It's a virus, I get it, I respect it, but at the same time, even if everybody gets it, like, yeah, people are going to die, which is terrible, but like… inevitable? I dunno, maybe I shouldn't be doing this right now,”.

Fan Backlash

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The backlash of Vanessa's comments was almost instant. Fans immediately began to drag the High School Musical star for her "heartless" and "selfish" words. One Twitter user retweeted the video of Hudgens and commented: "Saying 'maybe I shouldn't be saying this' is usually a sign that you shouldn't". Many were upset by her flippant dismissal of the deaths of the elderly and immunocompromised who will likely be the hardest hit by this pandemic. Many people were deeply offended by Hudgens.

Chrissy Teigen Speaks Out

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While no one defended her careless comments several spoke out in defense of Hudgens' mistake. Chrissy Teigen took to Twitter to ask commenters to back off: “Sometimes people, especially famous people, are gonna say really stupid shit. & so are you,” Teigen said, “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 [to] ruin their lives.”

Hudgens Feels Truly Sorry

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Hudgens posted the following apology to Twitter: “Hey guys. I’m so 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 our country and the world are in right now,” it read. “This has been a huge wake-up call about the significance my words have, now more than ever. I’m sending safe wishes to everyone to stay safe and healthy during this crazy time.”

Using Her Platform For Good

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After Vanessa Hudgens made her public apology for her coronavirus comments she quickly went into damage control mode. A source close to the actress told HollywoodLife that Vanessa feels horrible about her comments and now realizes the scope of her platform. The source went on to say that she now intends to use her platform to educate others on the highly contagious virus and encourage people to self-quarantine. She's even changed her Instagram bio to encourage others to stay home.

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