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Chase Rice Gets Push-Back for Making a COVID Joke to Promote a New Song with FGL

Chase Rice performs at the 4th Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP)

The Internet is mad at Chase Rice, for posting a joke about “losing his taste and smell” while teasing the release of “Drinkin’ Beer. Talkin’ God. Amen.”  They called it “not funny,” “in bad taste,” and suggested he donate the profits to frontline workers.  


Chase Rice is catching heat for posting a COVID-19 joke Sunday on Twitter to tease the release of “Drinkin’ Beer. Talkin’ God.  Amen.”  Here’s the Tweet, “Just lost my taste and smell.  Weird.  Also, dropping a single at midnight.”

A little later he hit up Twitter again – to clarify.  Quote, “On a real note.  Don’t have Covid.  But I’m dropping a single tonight with two guys that I learned a lot from.  Respect the hell out of @Florida-Georgia-LineAnd 10 years after we started doing music together, and lived together, we’re at it again.”

The song features Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelly – who both just recovered from having COVID-19.

Here are some of the comments:

Ask healthcare workers if getting/dealing with Covid-19 is funny.  Hint:  It’s not.”

I have COVID [and] struggle to catch my breath at times to a point I feel like I’m about to pass out.  Don’t be using a pandemic to rise sales of a dang song.”

My family [has] been really sick for over a week.  No taste or smell.  With other symptoms.  This isn’t cool.”

You made a joke in poor taste.  I hope you’ll apologize and donate a portion of the sales from this single to frontline workers and PPE as a good faith gesture.”

Check out more, here:  (Pop CultureBillboard)

Back in June Rice held a concert while COVID cases rose, with attendees closely packed together without wearing masks.  Kelsea Ballerini called Rice’s actions, “selfish.”


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