As COVID-19 spreads around the world, everyone in the public eye has been taking a moment to greet their followers online and offer a positive message to help them through these hard times.
Actress Vanessa Hudgens took a different tack with a video she hosted on Instagram, however.
In an Instagram Live video, Hudgens spoke about how social distancing may be unnecessary because people are going to die anyway, saying:
"Yeah ... til July. Sounds like a bunch of bullshit, but, like, it's a virus ― I get it. 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 being doing this right now."
It seems Hudgens was right...she really shouldn't have been doing that.
Twitter was quick to jump on Hudgens, letting her know how heartless her message was.
The backlash was so fierce that Hudgens was driven to post an apology less than a day later.
Hudgens' apology did little to blunt the onslaught of critiques, however.
People wondered how Hudgens' High School Musical costars were reacting.
Many Twitter users tried to show Hudgens why her words were so harmful.
On the positive side, at least Hudgens generated a boatload of new memes.
With any luck, the backlash against Hudgens will help her realize the seriousness of COVID-19 for her many fans around the globe.