Another celebrity not following CDC guidelines in the middle of the pandemic? Yep, this time it is the beloved Cardi B. The WAP rapper rang in her 28th birthday in Las Vegas. The party was nothing short of lavish, and over-the-top, just like Cardi B herself. The only issue? No masks and there were a LOT of people. Just look at the photo Cardi posted on her Instagram:
We are in the middle of a pandemic, in case anyone forgot. People are dying at an alarming rate, while college students are still partying and anti-maskers are throwing tantrums to get into stores. The last thing we need is ANOTHER celebrity hosting a party sans masks and common sense.
Fans are tired after being let down time and time again by people they look up to in Hollywood. Why do celebrities feel exempt from participating in social distancing, and mask wearing?
As always people are voicing their opinions about the Vegas blowout on Twitter:
Sorry guys I think the title should say… Cardi B celebrate her 28th birthday with a massive party despite the pandemic and no one was wearing a mask. That's the title … I'm just saying. https://t.co/7Vbk8qPFF7
— ????Ele Medina Fraíz- G???? (@eleonoramfg) October 11, 2020
Not @iamcardib throwing a party during a pandemic when our numbers are spiking out of control again. I just… these celebrities really don’t care about anyone but themselves huh. pic.twitter.com/Tf1mJ6Vm12
— ysd (titsahhh!) (@dojacatsnose) October 11, 2020
Maybe by chance, the hundreds of people were tested pre-party to keep everyone safe, but until we know that, this just looks incredibly unsafe.
The Wrong Focus
While there is a conversation buzzing around the ridiculousness of the party, many outlets and fans were more concerned with her and Offset’s relationship. The couple recently announced they were getting a divorce and their relationship was “irreconcilable” with no chance of getting back together. That did not seem to be the case at the party, where Offset surprised Cardi B with a Rolls Royce. But we are missing the bigger picture here of why there was a party to begin with.
Yes, their relationship is interesting, but possibly infecting thousands of people because of poor decisions is what needs to be talked about.
This Twitter user felt like fans needed to focus back in on what was really important.
So people care more about Cardi B’s relationship status rather than the fact that she threw a birthday party in a club in the middle of a pandemic? Ok
— Lizz (@bossasslizz) October 11, 2020
Celebrities are not immune
Cardi B is not the first, and unfortunately, she will probably not be the last. Her birthday comes after a Summer filled with celebrities pretending Covid-19 was not around.
In late July, the hype house, filled with all of TikTok’s biggest stars, threw themselves a huge party which included influencers and Youtubers like James Charles, Nikita Dragun, and Tana Mongeau in attendance.
Tyler Oakley called out Hype House TikToker Larray for throwing a massive birthday party despite the pandemic. James Charles, Nikita Dragun, Charli D'Amelio, and more attended the party. Check out this article to learn more👇: https://t.co/60M7QJw7hi
— What's Trending (@WhatsTrending) July 23, 2020
Just last week, Lana Del Rey held an overcrowded book signing in Los Angeles wear she wore a mesh face mask. The event got closed down because the bookstore had no social distancing efforts in place and Lana’s mask was pointless.
It is not a celebrity’s role to be a role model, but it is important to remember that their fanbase is made up of primarily pre-teens and teens who want to be just like them. Celebs making simple ethical decisions is integral in our world, especially in a pandemic.
To date, over 215,000 people have died from Coronavirus in the United States. Now is the time to get serious about your actions and realize how they could affect other people.
In Case You Forget
Do not be a Lana Del Rey and wear a mesh mask. The CDC recommends wearing a mask made of a tightly woven cotton material is best. Remember that it should go over your mouth AND nose (we are looking at you, Karen).
Wash your hands several times a day with soap and water. It is recommended that you scrub your hands for 20 seconds. Since you probably are not going to count for 20 seconds, just sing the ‘Happy Birthday’ song to yourself twice.
Most importantly, please social distance. At the store, keep a solid 6 feet between you and the person in front of/around you to avoid any unwanted contamination. Do not attend parties where masks and social distancing will not be in place. Opt for a cute Zoom movie night or have a happy hour in the comfort of your pajamas on FaceTime.
Moral of the story: be a good person and respect others. Make the ethical decision to wear a mask and not party with hundreds of people.