Post Malone is receiving backlash for performing to a packed crowd amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Thursday night, the “White Iverson” singer carried on with his scheduled appearance at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
Getting more video from inside @pepsicenter. Thought I was seeing empty seats for @PostMalone in the middle of COVID-19 outbreak. Turns out... it’s packed. So much for social distancing. #9News pic.twitter.com/8uPbHN0lEi— Ryan Haarer (@RyanHaarer) March 13, 2020
However, social media users questioned why the gathering was not canceled, given recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to engage in “social distancing.”
“@PostMalone very irresponsible for you to not be postponing your concert in Denver tonight. 18,000 teens that risk exposure and then bringing CV to school tomorrow and exposing parents and grandparents. #dotherighthing,” one Twitter commenter wrote.
“@pepsicenter What a horribly irresponsible decision to continue to have the Post Malone concert tonight in Denver. This looks horrible for the facility, the artist, and the brand,” another exclaimed.
On Friday, it was announced that the “Rockstar” rapper has postponed the rest of his tour.
Since the outbreak, a number of states have banned large gatherings to mitigate spread of the virus.
On Thursday, California Governor Gavin Newsom banned all gatherings of 250 or more people in the Golden State through at least March.
Additionally, most entertainment and sporting events around the globe have either been canceled or postponed due to COVID-19.
Last week, the CDC revised its definition of “social distancing” to mean “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.”