Rugged Individualist Evangeline Lilly Is Refusing to Quarantine

Today in bad celebrity takes on coronavirus, Evangeline Lilly is refusing to self-quarantine because she values her “freedom.”

“#businessasusual” the 40-year-old actress hashtagged a post on Monday. “Just dropped my kids off at gymnastics camp. They all washed their hands before going in. They are playing and laughing.”

Evangeline Lilly on Instagram: “#morningtea ☕️ Just dropped my kids off at gymnastics camp. They all washed their hands before going in. They are playing and laughing.…”

Oh shit! Did Kate from Lost just call us suckers? I think she did. She definitely did when responding to fans inquiring why the hell her kids are rolling around on sweaty mats with other irresponsibly non-quarantined children.

“I am also immune compromised at the moment,” Lilly wrote. “…Some people value their lives over freedom, some people value freedom over their lives. We all make our choices.”

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We certainly do all make choices. Just as we do live in a society. The actress, more recently known for playing The Wasp in the Ant-Man franchise, is explicitly refusing to limit her or her two kids’ contact with others, despite the fact that she’s living with her father who has stage four leukemia, putting him at high risk for COVID-19. In fact, she seems to think her high-risk home situation gives her authority on how to take precautions against the virus.

She went full “wake up sheeple” explaining that she considers coronavirus simply a “respiratory flu,” that global governments are using to justify a power grab.

“Where we are right now feels a lot too close to Marshall Law [sic] for my comfort already, all in the name of a respiratory flu,” she responded to another comment. “It’s unnerving… Let’s be vigilant right now. And kind. Watchful and gracious — keeping a close eye on our leaders, making sure they don’t abuse this moment to steal away more freedoms and grab more power.”

Based on the link in her bio for a petition to stop the use of facial recognition technology on college campuses, and recent post on the topic referencing 1984, Lilly is very concerned about fascism and the surveillance state, and perhaps a bit prone to conspiracy theories. “There’s ‘something’ every election year,” she wrote.

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Look Evangeline… I get it. I’m also tired of getting sponsored Instagram ads for Morning Star patties and almond milk every time I futilely wonder aloud about going vegan. But this simply isn’t a “don’t let the bastards get you down”-type situation.

Scientists and citizens are currently pushing governments like the US to move faster and take more extreme measures to slow the spread of the virus. “President Trump recommended strict new guidelines, but they fell short of what experts wanted” says the New York Times, reporting on France and San Francisco’s shelter-in-place policies. Self-isolating isn’t a matter of valuing freedom, it’s about consideration for people more vulnerable than yourself, like (aside from the sick or those who’ve lost loved ones) the thousands currently being laid off or living in cities where hospitals are close to capacity.

Lilly’s take on the pandemic makes Vanessa Hudgens seem well-informed, but we’ll surely see more competitors in this race to the bottom. It’s unclear where the Canadian-born actress is currently living: all the more reason to stay home.

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Chrissy Teigen Defends Vanessa Hudgens

“Sometimes people, especially famous people, are gonna say really stupid shit.”

Chrissy Teigen is pushing back against the backlash over Vanessa Hudgens‘ ill-advised corona-comments on Instagram Live. On Monday, Hudgens had angered a lot of people with cavalier remarks like, “It’s a virus, I get it. I respect it. But at the same time, like, even if everybody gets it… like, yeah, people are gonna die, which is terrible. But, like, inevitable?” for which she later apologized yesterday in a tweet, saying in another Instagram story that her comments were “taken out of context.”

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And now Teigen, resident Queen of Twitter, has sprung to Hudgens’ defense, telling her followers in a series of tweets that while they can acknowledge the ignorance within the actress’ comments, they shouldn’t be actively trying to cancel her and they “don’t have to ruin anyone’s life.”

The model and television personality responded to several of her followers in other threads, explaining that celebrities will be criticized whether they apologize or not, and how they choose to do it:

Teigen’s main message? Inciting hate online will only make matters worse, whether it’s directed towards someone famous or anyone else.

Many people felt Hudgens’ remarks were particularly inappropriate since the celebrity’s status and wealth could protect her from a virus that less fortunate people could encounter and/or die from. While Teigen agreed that Hudgens’s comments were “insensitive,” she reminded her followers that she, too, had made insensitive comments in the past and “learned” from them. She encouraged followers to let Hudgens learn from her mistakes now.

Guess it’s up to Twitter to decide what happens next.

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