Covid-Denying Celebrities We Are Very Disappointed With

Please do not listen to the medical advice of Doja Cat

Doja Cat at the MTV Video Music Awards. Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for RCA

This morning I received some crushing news: Van Morrison, the 75-year-old singer behind such classics as “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Moondance,” is an anti-lockdown idiot.

Morrison announced three new songs on Friday — “Born to Be Free,” “As I Walked Out,” and (in case you weren’t getting the message) “No More Lockdowns.” In an accompanying press release, Morrison snarkily said he was “not telling people what to do or think. The government is doing a great job of that already.”

But Van isn’t the only one. Here’s an arbitrary ranking of five celebrities who have let me down during the pandemic.

1. Usain Bolt

The fastest human on Earth didn’t let a global pandemic slow down his plans for an epic birthday celebration. Bolt threw a huge house party in August where — spoiler! — there was no evidence of social distancing. A few days later he tested positive for the virus.

2. Novak Djokovic

The world’s top-ranked tennis player said in April that he was skeptical about a Covid vaccine and that he “wouldn’t want to be forced by someone to take a vaccine in order to be able to travel.” Two months later, after organizing a series of exhibition matches in Serbia and Croatia with no social distancing, he tested positive for the virus.

3. Kerri Walsh Jennings

In an Instagram post earlier this month, the beach volleyball great described herself as “brave” for going shopping without a mask. “We have to stay mindful of the FACT that our freedoms have slowly been taken from us with our consent,” wrote the three-time Olympic gold medalist and zero-time Nobel Prize winner.

4. Gina Carano

The former MMA fighter who now stars in The Mandalorian complained this month that churches and businesses still weren’t allowed to open. “Working is a right you, as an American have,” she tweeted.

5. Doja Cat

In another case of cruel irony, the rapper and singer contracted the coronavirus in July, a few months after telling her 7.3 million Instagram followers that Covid-19 was really no big deal: “You just take some Mucinex (a cold and flu medication) and drink water and tea and sleep,” she wrote in March. “That’s all you gotta do.” Please don’t heed this advice.

Senior Editor, GEN by Medium. Previously: Pacific Standard, Wired

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