Granted, there were only a few places in the world where it was truly dangerous to be in due to the coronavirus that included China, Italy, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Japan. But it was on that fateful day of March 11th where it solidified the magnitude of it becoming a global issue.
The first news story was Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson announcing they tested positive for COVID-19 while on a shoot in Australia. Then an hour later, the NBA suspended the regular season indefinitely after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was also diagnosed.
And now these two ultra-famous people are the latest to contract the coronavirus.
Celebrities have never been less entertaining than they are now. The 92nd Academy Awards is the perfect example of just how far Hollywood has sunk. On February 9th, the Dolby Theater on Hollywood Boulevard featured a who’s who of celebrities like Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Charlize Theron and many more.
The Oscars hadn’t been this star-studded in decades. You would think this would likely be the highest-rated Academy Awards in history given the star power, but you’d be dead wrong. In fact, it was the lowest-rated Oscars in its 92-year history. Hollywood is slowly deteriorating before our very eyes.
And then you may have seen the now-infamous clip of stars singing John Lennon’s “Imagine” on social media.
“Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot rang up a few of her Hollywood friends to cover the song including Natalie Portman, Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, Jamie Dornan, and Pedro Pascal. If you saw it then you know it was absolutely horrendous.
It’s incredible that all of the celebrities didn’t realize how it was literally and figuratively tone-deaf. They’re clueless. It’s not necessary to pander to us during these trying times when people are out of work and wondering how they’re going to pay the bills, while these rich elitists couldn’t possibly fathom that struggle.
And that goes for them contracting the coronavirus too when we all know they’ll get the best healthcare because of their cultural status like A-list actor Idris Elba and All-Star NBA player Kevin Durant, who have both tested positive in the last several days.
British actor Idris Elba – known for his hit television series “Luther,” “American Gangster” and “Hobbs and Shaw” – announced he tested positive for COVID-19. He wrote on social media, “This morning I tested positive for COVID-19. I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus. Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing No panic.”
The most dangerous part of his statement is the revelation that he was largely asymptomatic – confessing later that he “had a headache and body aches on the day I tested but that’s been it.” That means there are thousands more contagious people out there that have no idea they keep spreading the virus to others.
We already knew that Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and All-Star Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell both tested positive for the virus, but by the far the most famous basketball player to be diagnosed now is two-time NBA Champion and two-time Finals MVP Kevin Durant, who is currently recovering from a torn Achilles injury.
We don’t know much else about Durant’s symptoms or how he contracted it other than the Brooklyn Nets formal statement regarding the star forward’s diagnosis.
But last week, NBA spokesperson Mike Bass issued a statement saying, “Public health authorities and team doctors have been concerned that, given NBA players’ direct contact with each other and close interactions with the general public, in addition to their frequent travel, they could accelerate the spread of the virus. Following two players testing positive last week, others were tested and five additional players tested positive. Hopefully, by these players choosing to make their rest results public, they have drawn attention to the critical need for young people to follow CDC recommendations in order to protect others, particularly those with underlying health conditions and the elderly.”
Rumors spread quickly that Elba was in critical condition following his coronavirus test, but the actor put that to bed quickly when he simply wrote, “Not true.”
Someone even made one of those deep fake videos where it’s Elba saying he’s in critical condition, but he responded, “This is fake. I’m fine for now. Thanks for showing me.”
We keep seeing more and more celebrities contracting the coronavirus, but it’s just leading to apathy because the media portrays it as if they’re more important than the rest of us. How many stories have you seen of the regular average Joe testing positive? The answer to that is zero.