Ariana Grande: 'You Need to Care' About Outbreak

Taylor Swift also asks people to stay home
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2020 6:35 PM CDT
Stars Ask Fans to Take Pandemic Seriously
Ariana Grande tweeted about the coronavirus outbreak Sunday.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Ariana Grande didn't say "thank u," but she did say "please." The singer has admonished fans to take the pandemic seriously. A tweet Sunday included an image reading: "The 'we will be fine because we're young' mindset is putting is putting people who aren't young/healthy in a lot of danger." Those who think that way sound "stupid and privileged," the message read. "You need to care." Accompanying the scolding was just "please." In a chaotic weekend, Angela Watercutter wrote in Wired, Grande emerged as a voice of reason. The star put her request another way in a tweet later: "Your hip-hop yoga class can f---ing wait, I promise."

Other big names posted messages encouraging people to stay home during the outbreak, per the Washington Post. Taylor Swift wrote on Instagram that she still sees many parties and get-togethers happening, which worries her. "This is the time to cancel plans, actually truly isolate as much as you can," she wrote, adding, "It's a really scary time but we need to make some social sacrifices right now." Arnold Schwarzenegger tweeted a request that people stay home, along with a video showing him feeding his pet donkey and pet pony and saying, "We don't go out." (More coronavirus stories.)

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