Stars Under Quarantine: They’re (Almost) Like Us!
The COVID-19 shutdown has forced the entire country to shelter inside their homes. Many people are suffering physically, economically and mentally, and celebrities want everyone to know that they're no different — except they totally are.
From hanging out in sprawling mansions that somehow feel like prison cells to suffering inconceivable boredom on fully equipped estates, the atrocities endured by the rich and famous sure make us wonder if some celebs could be any more out of touch with reality. Take a look at the hilarious ways they have tried to prove they are "just like everyone else."
Kim Kardashian's Bored Kids
Plenty of families are struggling to juggle an at-home, full-time job with kids who suddenly need to be homeschooled. Kim Kardashian, however, doesn't have too much on her plate — she has too little! She mentioned to the media just how bored she is — and how there's nothing for her kids to do.
Sam Smith's Million-Dollar Meltdown
British singer and songwriter Sam Smith attempted to connect with his fans by posting the "stages of quarantine meltdown" on his Instagram page. It consists of a series of photos featuring Smith breaking down into crocodile tears. Super relatable, right?
Gal Gadot's Short-Sighted Singalong
In late March, a slew of well-known celebrities decided to work together and create a montage of themselves singing John Lennon's "Imagine." This included people like Will Farrell, Gal Gadot, Natalie Portman and Jimmy Fallon, to name a few. Gadot preached that "we're all in this together" when posting the video, but that's not what viewers felt.
Elon Musk's Touchy Tweet
Before naming his child something that sounds like a math equation gone awry, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk posted a tweet that polarized the masses. Musk has been known to have some controversial opinions in the past, but calling the panic over a global pandemic "dumb" surpassed them all.
DJ Pauly D's Drastic Hair Growth
Pauly D is most known for his role on the hit reality series Jersey Shore, but now he's getting attention for his "quarantine beard." The star posted a picture of his new style in his pristine home gym on Twitter and received plenty of shocked comments.
Drake's Struggle to Stay Inside
Drake hasn't been shy about posting photos and videos of his enormous Toronto residence. Recently, he decided to jump on the quarantine bandwagon and show just how he's coping — and it looks like he's coping quite well.
Madonna Gets Deep
Madonna took to her Instagram during quarantine to share her thoughts about the virus. She spoke about it being "the great equalizer," noting that it "doesn't discriminate" and "doesn't care about how rich you are" or "how famous you are." The kicker? She said all of this while relaxing in a bathtub sprinkled with rose petals.
Bieber and Jenner's Faulty Facetime
Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner reflected on their privilege in a live facetime recording, but it didn't sit well with many viewers. Bieber and Jenner commented on "how blessed" they are and how "a lot of people in this time have a crappy situation."
Jaime King's Poorly Timed Prose
Actress Jaime King shared a poem on her social media accounts thanking the coronavirus. She didn't write the poem, so she can't take all the blame, but fans were nonetheless ticked off in a big way. Some of the poem's lines include "Thank you for all the fear... Thank you for the unity between all of us."
Christina Aguilera's Totally Relatable Karaoke Performance
Disney came up with a fun way for families to pass the time with its Disney Family Singalong and has already released multiple editions. The first special featured celebrities like Christina Aguilera singing a "karaoke" version of "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" from The Lion King.
Hilary Duff's At-Home Hair Makeover
Many people stuck in quarantine have succumbed to cutting their own hair. You may not actually need a haircut, either, but it seems to have caught on as something to do that doesn't involve the TV or a computer screen — and celebrities aren't immune to the urge.
David Geffen's Aquatic Isolation
When you have enough money to buy a yacht, you're probably a bit removed from the reality of the coronavirus pandemic. These days, no one wants to see outrageous wealth paired with a thoughtful caption "hoping everybody is staying safe." But that's exactly what businessman David Geffen did.
Evangeline Lilly's Take on Social Distancing
While many schools in the U.S. were closing and families were preparing to stay home for the foreseeable future, Lost actress Evangeline Lilly was just doing #businessasusual. Her Instagram post featured a teacup and a caption explaining that she'd just dropped her kids off for gymnastics camp. But don't worry! They washed their hands before going in.
Chrissy Teigen's Quarantine Cravings
Model Chrissy Teigen has a strong presence on Twitter, something her fans usually go crazy for, but this time she might have put her foot in her mouth. She tweeted that her current comfort during quarantine was ordering clam chowder from Boston. Talk about privilege!
Ellen DeGeneres' Incurable Cabin Fever
It seems that no celebrity is safe from embarrassing themselves when it comes to coronavirus. Ellen DeGeneres, while sitting in front of large windows framed by greenery, said that living in quarantine is like being in jail! Sure, Ellen, your million-dollar mansion is just like jail. It kind of makes you want to commit a few crimes, right?
Scheana Shay's Coronavirus Kickback
Bravo personality Scheana Shay revealed just how little she knew about the pandemic when she tweeted that her friends should "come join [her] for a Palm Springs quarantine!" She even said she wasn't going to "stop living" her life. Clearly, Shay wasn't grasping the concept of "quarantine."
M.I.A.'s Very Questionable Oath
Music wouldn’t be the same without innovative Sri Lankan/British rapper M.I.A., but she might have lost some fans after her tweet in late March: "If I have to choose the vaccine or chip, I'm gonna choose death." M.I.A. essentially revealed in a tweet that she doesn't believe vaccines are a good thing — during a pandemic. Good move, M.I.A.
Bette Midler's Kitchen Discoveries
Bette Midler claims she's just like everyone else in her Twitter bio, but that's not how the public sees it after her tweet about kitchen appliances. She joked about finally getting to know her appliances and then saluted "housekeepers" around the globe.
J. Lo Gets Bored at Home
Perhaps celebs should learn a lesson from Jennifer Lopez and stop posting about their glamorous lifestyles during the pandemic. Lopez posted a video to her Twitter account of her son delivering a bottle of Perrier to her on a hoverboard and then jumping off the hoverboard and into their pool.
Pharrell Williams Just Tries to Make a Difference
When millionaire celebrities encourage their followers to donate their limited money, things can get ugly. Singer Pharrell Williams posted a tweet urging people to donate to the "Frontline Responders Fund" but didn't mention whether he had donated himself.
50 Cent's “Motivational” Speech
What's worse than looking at celebrities quarantining in houses 10 times bigger than yours? Getting fat-shamed by those celebrities, that’s what. Rap’s ultimate troll 50 Cent made some unfortunate comments in a Wall Street Journal interview when he spoke about his at-home exercise routine. He said a lot of people wouldn't be doing at-home workouts and that "they're going to get fat."
Sia's Profound COVID-19 Message
Some celebrities' posts have just been plain strange. Singer Sia tried to get motivational (we think?) in an image she published to her Twitter account that showed the word "VIRUS" with the V-I-R crossed out. That left the "US" with a period next to it.
Arnold Schwarzenegger's Solidarity with the Masses
Arnold Schwarzenegger came under fire after posting a video to Twitter of him smoking a stogie in his jacuzzi. He talks about his morning bike ride and workout and then tells spring-breakers they need to stay home. His point seems to be that if he can stay home, you can too.
Gisele Bundchen Fixes Everything with Meditation
When you're struggling to pay your rent, can't get your hands on toilet paper and fear for your family's health, the last thing you want to see is a celebrity telling you to chill out and get zen with them. Regardless, model Gisele Bundchen wants you to focus on peaceful energies.
Rob Kardashian's Modified Merchandise
Possibly the worst thing a celebrity can do during the COVID-19 crisis is attempt to make a profit off of it. Alas, Rob Kardashian didn't get the memo. (He’s a Kardashian, after all.) Instead, he advertised $30 face masks sporting his brand "Halfway Dead" across the front. Does it really have to be said that this is not a great phrase to market during a pandemic?
Vanessa Hudgens' Unending Empathy
In an unfortunate Instagram live stream, actress Vanessa Hudgens appeared to brush off the thousands that have and will die from coronavirus. She gushes that a lockdown until July "sounds like a bunch of bullsh-t," and "yeah, people are gonna die, which is terrible, but like, inevitable?"
Priyanka Chopra Claps for No One
In a post that immediately got attention for being awkward and a bit strange, actress Priyanka Chopra stood on her balcony and clapped — for no one. It looks like she was staring off into the distance in what appears to be an isolated area, clapping all by herself for some unknown reason that simply had to be shared.
Gwyneth Paltrow Hopes You'll Just Keep Shopping
Gwyneth Paltrow certainly won’t let a global pandemic tamper her ambition for higher sales for her brand. In fact, she posted a selfie to her business account that encouraged viewers to swipe up to purchase what she was wearing — and those clothes weren't cheap!
Lionel Richie Wants to Get Charitable
While many celebrities might have their hearts in the right places, they don't always know how to read their audience. Lionel Richie proposed recreating the "We Are the World" song for coronavirus support. If anyone remembers this 80's fundraiser for a starving Africa, it received its own criticism at the time, and Richie's idea for a remake didn't inspire the public.
Jennifer Aniston's Quarantine Quips
If you haven’t caught on yet, there isn't much a celebrity can post during this time that's going to win them brownie points with their followers. More often than not, they simply prove they are way out of touch with the real life-destroying problems of the "regular" people who support them.