“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,” Kelsea, 26, wrote on Twitter while sharing a video from the “Eyes On You” artist’s latest show in Tennessee. “[Chase Rice], we all want (and need) to tour. We just care about our fans and their families enough to wait.”
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
“We back,” Chase, 34, wrote with a smiling face with sunglasses emoji of the show in a now-expired video on his Instagram Story. The outdoor concert, which was held at Historic Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary in the city of Petros, took place on June 27.
“Wait. Is this real? I’m so confused as to how this many people got approved by a venue to gather during a pandemic. WTF?” the Voice winner Cassadee Pope responded. “An absolute selfish act. Shame on him,” singer Mickey Guyton added.
While some agreed with the “Homecoming Queen?” songstress, she also received a bit of backlash for airing her opinion about Chase’s concert. Some users compared it to the crowds gathering on the streets across the country to protest following George Floyd’s death.
“What a day. Thank you and goodnight,” Kelsea wrote after sharing a tweet that read, “To people mentioning the protests: Almost all protesters were wearing masks and protests took place OUTDOORS both of which mitigate the risks and neither of which is happening in this video.”
Dancing With the Stars alum Bobby Bones also refuted protest comparisons. “A concert where people are buying tickets to a centrally organized for profit event is nothing like a protest for social reform where each is acting alone w no commerce. Maybe one of the dumber things I’ve seen tweeted today,” he noted on Kelsea’s post.
Chase has not spoken out directly about his most recent concert besides posting videos on his Instagram Live while it was happening. As far as social distancing measures, he posted, “Quarantine can eat it,” on June 17 while hiking and fishing with a handful of friends.
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