Governor Andrew Cuomo Launches Investigation Into the Massively Irresponsible Chainsmokers Concert

Shannon Barbour
Photo credit: Kevin Mazur - Getty Images
Photo credit: Kevin Mazur - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

  • The Chainsmokers held a massive concert in the Hamptons on Saturday night.

  • It was supposed to be a "drive-in music experience" for charity, but concertgoers crowded the stage and didn't stay socially distant.

  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the state's health department will now conduct an investigation.

On Saturday, The Chainsmokers performed at the Safe & Sound mini festival in the Hamptons, and of course, it was literally anything but. It was supposed to be a "drive-in music experience" in which concertgoers (who shelled out up to $25,000 for a ticket) could watch the stage from spaced out areas near their cars, but it ended up looking more like a regular concert.

Soon after the show, clips of fans crowding the stage—clearly not social distancing—made their way around social media. Predictably, people were extremely upset by the organizers, the fans, and The Chainsmokers' total disregard for public safety. Lest anyone forget, we're still in the middle of a freaking pandemic! And even though the profits from Safe & Sound are supposed to go to charity, this show may have done more harm than good.

One Twitter user even said that when the state inevitably sees a spike in coronavirus cases, everyone will know who to blame. Here's a quick snippet of the show:

Uh, yeah, risking death for The Chainsmokers is certainly a choice.

Eventually, Governor Andrew Cuomo caught wind of the dangerously irresponsible gathering and said, "Videos from a concert held in Southampton on Saturday show egregious social distancing violations. I am appalled. The Department of Health will conduct an investigation. We have no tolerance for the illegal & reckless endangerment of public health."

And in a letter to Jay Schneiderman, the supervisor of the Southampton town, New York’s health commissioner, Howard A. Zucker, said, "I am at a loss as to how the Town of Southampton could have issued a permit for such an event, how they believed it was legal and not an obvious public health threat."

Schneiderman hasn't responded. In an email to the New York Times, the event organizers, In The Know Experiences and Invisible Noise, maintained that they adhered to "all proper and current protocols" and didn't respond when asked if they knew people were breaking the rules during the event.

Ugh, if everyone could stop being so selfish so this pandemic could end...that would be great.

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