The Chainsmokers are getting slammed for their not-so-socially-distant “drive-in” concert!
Fans unleashed their fury on the electronic duo after video footage of their concert in the Hamptons on Saturday, July 25, showed an estimated 2,000 (!!!) fans standing in close proximity to one another — even though the event was supposed to be a drive-in gig, and there’s currently a ban on non-essential gatherings of more than 50 people in the state of New York.
The concert — which was presented by a tequila brand the duo are stakeholders of — was supposed to raise money for a number of charities, including the Children’s Medical Fund of New York. But it also raised the risk of COVID-19 contractions, as the video, which was seemingly taken by the group, showed the crowd in all its maskless glory.
The Chainsmokers had a “Drive-in” concert in the Hamptons last night…looks like social distancing was strongly enforced 🤦🏻♂️….when NY gets the inevitable spike just blame these rich selfish white people
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— Icculus The Brave (@FirenzeMike) July 26, 2020
For what it’s worth, event organizers did their best to put safety measures into place. Guests were required to fill an online coronavirus questionnaire, wear the mask they were given upon arrival, and have their temperatures taken by staff; also, on-site restrooms were also cleaned every 10 minutes. But, of course, that didn’t stop attendees from acting like it was just a regular, pandemic-free night.
Naturally, social media was not having it. Many critics called out The Chainsmokers for their lack of tact and forethought amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Journalist Suzie Hunter tweeted:
“Lmao y’all are out there risking it all for The Chainsmokers?”
Musician Jake Marquis tweeted:
“The chainsmokers paving the way for 3,000 new hospitalisations. This is straight up irresponsible.”
Meanwhile, comedy producer and host Ellory Smith commented:
“I haven’t done a single thing all f**king summer and now because of these bozos I might not even be able to go home for Christmas. I haven’t seen my family in a year!!! Keep guantanamo open and send The Chainsmokers there.”
Read some more heated responses (below):
“Exile the Chainsmokers in the Atlantic Ocean”
“What’s worse? Getting coronavirus or going to a chainsmokers concert? Now you can have both! Coming soon to a city near you.”
“This irresponsibility of the chainsmokers having any sort of event in the current climate is absolutely appalling. I am not ok with you risking everyone’s lives just so they can watch you press a space bar all night.”
“DJs have cancelled all their gigs and basically forfeited their entire livelihoods to ensure the safety of others during this pandemic only for the chainsmokers to say fuck it and throw a huge party with tickets that started at $1250. Talk about a huge slap in the face.”
But social media sirens aren’t the only ones angry at the group. A spokesperson for Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s office confirmed to Gothamist the state of New York itself is opening an investigation into the event.