It’s a sad, sad day in the world when it turns out that Vanilla Ice is actually a lot smarter than so many people. The Chainsmokers held a drive-in concert where people were supposed to stay in or close to their cars and social distance, but well, I guess some people are so lacking of dignity that they’re okay with having to say, “Well, I did go to a Chainsmokers concert,” when they test positive for COVID-19 and are asked where they’ve been. And BuzzFeed says that the concert is now being investigated for violating coronavirus restrictions.
The Chainsmokers show was held in Southampton over the weekend. New York’s Declared State of Emergency bans non-essential gatherings of more than 50 people. Does this look like 50 people?
The Chainsmokers had a “Drive-in” concert in the Hamptons last night…looks like social distancing was strongly enforced 🤦🏻♂️….when NY gets the inevitable spike just blame these rich selfish white people
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— Icculus The Brave (@FirenzeMike) July 26, 2020
It’s estimated that 2,000 people were at the concert which had ticket packages starting at $850. Some people rented RVs for $25,000. America is being hit with a HUGE economic collapse and simultaneous viral plague and you spent $25,000 on getting infected by THE CHAINSMOKERS? I am at a loss for words. Even Iyanla couldn’t help these people. Oh but don’t worry, according to the event site, all proceeds went to charities.
In the Know Experience is one of the main organizers of this mess. They defended themselves, saying there were “dividers” and that “guests were also instructed that they would not be allowed to leave their designed spots for any reason other than to use the restroom.” A rep said:
“There were steel barricades and dividers separating each section in the front viewing area with groups of ten guests, with marked spots to stay within and security guards positioned in front to enforce that masks were being worn.”
The rep also said they “collaborated with all state and local health officials to keep everyone safe.” Which is news to New York’s Health Commissioner Howard Zucker. He sent a letter to Southampton Town Supervisor, Jay Schneiderman, and tore shit up:
“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.”
Howard wants to know if any town officials were at the concert and if “it was allowed to continue when it became clear violations were rampant.” And I think he did since People says Jay has a band and they allegedly played at the show as well as Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon who DJs under the stage name: DJ D-Sol. And Howard isn’t the only one out for blood over this, so is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo who said he was “appalled” and would be investigating:
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.pic.twitter.com/gf9kggdo8w
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) July 28, 2020
What’s even funnier is that pamphlets have circulated on social media showing this was just the first gig and that The Chainsmokers plan to hit up “other major cities.” One of them is Miami. Well if you’re target audience is “mass gathering messes”, I suppose Florida is the place for that.
Here’s more of the “social-distanced” concert: