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Celebrities Facing Backlash for Insensitive Coronavirus Comments

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Gwyneth Paltrow (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 18 March 2020 10:30 AM

Many have called for compassion amid the coronavirus outbreak but the appeal for kindness fell short for some celebrities, who have been slammed for posting insensitive remarks on social media, as highlighted by Fox News.

1. Gwyneth Paltrow

The Goop founder came under fire on Friday after sharing a now-deleted photo to the lifestyle company's Instagram of herself posing in a $450 skirt and a $425 pair of sneakers. Followers were not impressed with her sales pitch, which comes at a time when millions are battling with the coronavirus.

2. Chrissy Teigen

The model and author drew negative attention after tweeting about ordering clam chowder.

"This is not an ad but if you're holed up at home, ordering America's best food from Goldbelly is the way to go right now!" Teigen wrote. "Currently shipping clam chowder from Boston to myself."

Many were upset over her "tone-deaf" and "insensitive" post.

"I dont think it was intentionally meant to be insensitive Chrissy, but @ a time like this it came across that way and was definitely tone deaf. Not everyone has money like you. Most people like me live check 2 check & missing a check means bills not paid & no food on the table," one follower said.

"Showing privilege by paying exorbitant prices for clam chowder shipped from Boston (when people are panic hoarding cans), while putting delivery drivers who generally have no sick pay options at risk is reprehensible," tweeted another user.

Teigen addressed the backlash by stating she had not intended to sound uncaring.

"it was tweeted quite innocently, perhaps tone deaf but I like soup and if you can support these businesses, then that seemed cool but yeah if you can't, then that is also fine, I am not shaming you," she wrote.

3. Scheana Shay

The "Vanderpump Rules" star had to backtrack on comments made about quarantining herself in Palm Springs, California.

"Any of my friends working from home this week should come join me for a Palm Springs quarantine!" Shay tweeted over the weekend. "I will continue to live my life in Palm Springs or MDR w my friends and not live it in complete isolation or fear. Simple as that. Call me 'ignorant' but I'm not gonna stop living!"

Shay later admitted she had been insensitive.

"Legit did not realize the severity of this all til I got home, tried to get groceries, researched & spoke to several people today," she wrote in response to the criticism. "I am not a person who regularly watches the news. I do not go on social media to read the news. It's all just so negative."

4. Michelle Collins

The former "View" co-host caused some people to be upset after tweeting about placing bets on which celebrity would contract the coronavirus first.

"Place your bets on who will be the first famous person to get Corona," Collins wrote. "Jameela doesn't count," she added in a separate tweet.

Jameela Jamil defended herself in a heated reply to Collins' post.

"May you never suffer from chronic illness. May you never wake up in pain and swollen every f****** day of your life. May you never struggle with an invisible disability. May you never be laughed at over it by people who have never met you. @michcoll To the bad place you go," she wrote.

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