Country singer Chase Rice faces criticism after joking that he has COVID-19 symptoms: 'Really in bad taste'

Raechal Shewfelt
·Editor, Yahoo Entertainment
·3 min read

Country singer Chase Rice has again upset people amid the coronavirus pandemic.

He tweeted Sunday that he had lost his sense of taste and smell — a symptom that many COVID-19 patients have experienced — in the same tweet that he teased the release of a new song. Twelve minutes later, Rice said that on “a real note,” he didn’t have the virus that’s raging across the country and much of the world. But he was actually dropping a new track, a collaboration with Florida Georgia Line, called “Drinkin’ Beer. Talkin’ God. Amen.”

(Photo: Twitter)
(Photo: Twitter)
(Photo: Twitter)
(Photo: Twitter)

Some people commented that Rice’s attempt at a joke wasn’t funny, especially when more than 267,000 had died from it as of Monday afternoon. They also noted that one of the members of Florida Georgia Line, Tyler Hubbard, tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month. It’s why Hubbard canceled his scheduled appearance at the 2020 Country Music Association Awards at the last minute. They also suggested that Rice donate proceeds from the song to those suffering from the virus or treating people with it.

Chase Rice performs in 2019. (Photo: Mickey Bernal/Getty Images)
Chase Rice performs in 2019. (Photo: Mickey Bernal/Getty Images)

Yahoo Entertainment reached out to Rice’s record label for comment.

Rice was criticized in June after he shared footage of his first in-person concert in months, which showed a packed crowd, seemingly with no masks or social distancing, in Tennessee. There was enough backlash that he addressed it, saying, “You guys are everything to me so your safety is a huge, huge priority.” He then made his next show a drive-in event.

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