CORONAVIRUS

Chase Rice Slammed For 'Disgusting' Joke About Having COVID-19

The country singer quipped on Twitter that he lost his "taste and smell" in a misguided effort to tout his new single with Florida Georgia Line.

Chase Rice was lambasted on Twitter this weekend after making a “disgusting” joke about possibly having COVID-19.

The 35-year-old country singer tweeted on Saturday ahead of the release of his new song with Florida Georgia Line, “Drinkin’ Beer. Talkin’ God. Amen,” and claimed he’d lost his “taste and smell,” symptoms associated with contracting the virus.

He followed up the tweet by saying that he doesn’t have COVID-19, but is “dropping a single.”

People on Twitter took Rice to task on his tweet and for joking about a pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S.

HuffPost has reached out to Rice for comment on his tweets.

This isn’t the first time Rice has come under fire for something he’s said or done in connection with the ongoing pandemic. Earlier this year, he was roasted on social media after posting video of a crowd at a concert at Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary in Tennessee.

Rice shared the video on his Instagram Story with the caption: “We back.” It appeared all over social media until it was quietly removed after widespread criticism.

In addition to Twitter users calling the event everything from “dumb” to “mass murder,” fellow country star Kelsea Ballerini also went after Rice for holding the concert, calling him “selfish.”


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