#PopVultures Ep 23: Celebrity missteps, reactions as coronavirus paralyses Hollywood and Asia
Synopsis: A podcast by The Straits Times that examines all the ins and outs of pop culture, be it Asian entertainment or Hollywood.
This week, the #PopVultures delve once again into the global Covid-19 pandemic that has paralysed entertainment in Hollywood and Asia.
With the coronavirus now ravaging North America and Europe, celebrities in the West are reacting but unfortunately, some of them have become mired in controversy for their thoughtless comments and ignorant behaviour such as High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens and NBA player Rudy Gobert.
Some celebrities like Tom Hanks and Idris Elba have also tested positive for Covid-19, though that is causing controversy. Many of them managed to get tested without showing symptoms, even as frontline healthcare workers have been denied testing.
Jan Lee and Yeo Sam Jo dissect why the public are so riled up with celebrity missteps in the time of coronavirus, why celebrities like Chris Martin and Hilary Duff deserve praise, and contemplate how the entertainment industry at large will be affected by the virus.
Finally, they offer some entertainment recommendations for those staying home and practising social distancing.
Produced by: Jan Lee & Yeo Sam Jo
Edited by: Penelope Lee
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