But not even a goddamn pandemic could inject some sense into the head of Chase Rice, a person that a quick Wikipedia search claims is a "country singer" in some form. In the spirit of accuracy, this article will refrain from using the descriptor of "country star" when discussing Rice.
Rice played a show in east Tennessee over the weekend, with footage showing the crowd was very much not engaged in the practice of social distancing. Additionally, you'd be hard-pressed to spot a mask in the sea of presumably annoying faces.
The show in question had reduced its maximum venue capacity from 10,000 to 4,000, per NBC News, with "less than 1,000" actually attending the display of Trump-level stupidity.
This is a Chase Rice concert last night in TN. No masks visible. No social distancing. Just a crowd of people w/ a “freedom over fear” mentality. As an entertainer, as someone with social influence, you have a responsibility to your fans. This isn’t political, it’s life & death. pic.twitter.com/er75kajSzk— Melissa G (@MelissaGoBlue) June 28, 2020
And while temperature checks were reportedly given at the entrance, with free hand sanitizer also made available, even the VP of the group that hosted the event conceded that the crowd—shown in footage behaving as if it were 2019 or some shit—was reluctant to "voluntarily follow" social distancing guidelines aimed at preventing continued spread of COVID-19.
In addition to the Rice fuckery, another singer of the tepid variety—Chris Janson—pulled a similar stunt over the weekend in Idaho.
Other artists (and general music appreciators) were thankfully quick to condemn this potentially dangerous rush to return to the live performance methods of yore, with many pointing out the obvious anti-science selfishness of such a thing:
Boy y’all really throwing the term “country star” around today. It’s like the adult film industry, they aren’t all “stars.” Hell, some are so broke they’ve decided to do shows this weekend regardless of what might happen to their non-isolated, maskless audience!— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) June 28, 2020
Imagine being selfish enough to put thousands of people’s health at risk, not to mention the potential ripple effect, and play a NORMAL country concert right now. @ChaseRiceMusic, We all want (and need) to tour. We just care about our fans and their families enough to wait. 🤷🏼♀️ https://t.co/eJaLnGu28k— Kelsea Ballerini (@KelseaBallerini) June 28, 2020
It makes sense that the same people who love Chase Rice would also risk their lives to see him. When you listen to music without any emotional depth, it crumbles your soul.— Caleb Caudle (@caleb_caudle) June 29, 2020
Coronavirus attending the Chase Rice concert like... pic.twitter.com/tPBPg6kzPR— Kal MacDonald (@kal_macd) June 29, 2020
When 4,000 people risk their lives to see Chase Rice in concert pic.twitter.com/gQUqkP9xcO— Allison the Disney diva (@Daviesallison1A) June 29, 2020
For the “why is it ok for people to protest but it’s not ok for me to shotgun Natty Ice at a Chase Rice concert” crowd: because they wore masks you dinks. https://t.co/os1iMO6DQU— Lance Conzett (@LanceCo) June 28, 2020
and you're out here trying to tell us that "Chase Rice" is a real person— Brian Hiatt (@hiattb) June 29, 2020
Imagine having to go to the doctor to tell them you contracted Covid at a Chase Rice concert. 😂🤣😂— Casey Coon (@CaseyLCoon) June 29, 2020
OF ALL THE PEOPLE- YOU RISKED YOUR LIFE TO SEE CHASE RICE PERFORM??? #ChaseRice pic.twitter.com/WUXFE7XLFn
the people in this audience, along with the presenters of this show, are assuring that conscientious musicians won't be able to work their jobs for a while, and that conscientious audiences won't be able to see shows for the foreseeable, and to be blunt, that fucking sucks. https://t.co/QwB85m0Phv— The Mountain Goats (@mountain_goats) June 28, 2020
I did not know who Chase Rice was before I saw the video of him playing a show to thousands of unmasked people in Tennessee. Now I know he’s a big dumb idiot.— The Ballroom Thieves (@BallroomThieves) June 29, 2020
Chase Rice doing his part to make sure thousands of people like myself remain out of work for longer. Wonderful. https://t.co/u1igA95RBX— Ethan Luck (@ethanluck) June 29, 2020
chase rice sounds like the name of a dude who would be beat me up for POGS in 1994. making a damn mockery of a lockdown while pandering to an all white fan base. fuck that dude— eric slick (@ericslickmusic) June 29, 2020
I don't know who the hell Chase Rice is.. but fuck this guy. pic.twitter.com/4hWzqQrEG7— Wookiees Quarantined U should 2❤ (@Wookiees4Pete) June 29, 2020
There are now more than 2.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, as well as more than 125,000 deaths, in the U.S. alone. For the general good of you and everyone around you, it's still best to avoid gatherings of this nature, particularly when masklessness is prevalent. It's simple: Wear a fucking mask and do not—under any circumstance—poison your ears with Chase Rice.
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