Did anyone else grow up watching the High School Musical movies? I remember learning the songs and dances as a kid, trying to dress like boss babe Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale) and sweet girl Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) – all while dreaming about absolute HUNKS Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) and Chad (Corbin Bleu). It’s okay, we’ve all been there.
But with many celebrities pitching their takes on the coronavirus crisis (often encouraging social distancing and, uh, basic human empathy), innocent-looking Vanessa Hudgens made it clear that she was not on board with the whole all-you-have-to-do-to-save-valuable-human-lives-is-sit-on-your-a**-for-god’s-sake thing.
“But like, it’s a virus, like, I get it; I respect it,” she said, rolling her eyes. “But at the same time, like…even if everybody gets it…like yeah, people are gonna die, which is terrible, but like….inevitable?” Yeah, about those thousands and thousands of people, like, dying horrible deaths? They’re, like, really getting in the way of Coachella right now.
In a similar Instagram video on St. Patrick’s Day, she also lamented not being able to go to the bar and celebrate. Aw, you poor baby.
Twitter and Instagram users brutalized her so badly that she made an apology video almost immediately afterwards, talking about how she was staying inside and “[we] should too.”
However, in the same breath she claimed that the comments were “taken out of context” despite her giving all of the context in the video. Even if we humor you…in what context, then, is it acceptable to care more about beer and your boho image than a pandemic? Go ahead, enlighten us.
The unfortunate and ironic conclusion we can draw here is that sweet, down-to-earth Gabriella was actually played by a narcissistic hobgoblin. At least now we can see her true colors, and there are still plenty of celebrities spreading better messages online. Just stay indoors and wait for next year’s Coachella, you selfish wangs. It will still be there when the world stops imploding on itself.