Chase Rice has angered quite a few people after holding a concert in Tennessee that featured attendees not wearing masks while many states across the country see dramatic spikes in coronavirus cases. The event in question, which was held on Saturday, was shared online by Rice with multiple videos coming out and the caption, "We back," on his Instagram post.
With COVID-19 cases reaching record highs in places like Florida, California and Arizona, those in the country music industry expressed their frustration with Rice's decision to host an event of that nature with all that's going on. Leading the charge in the backlash was Kelsea Ballerini, who wrote in a tweet, "Imagine being selfish enough to put thousands of people's health at risk." Social media than flooded with music fans sharing their disappointment in the "Lonely If You Are" singer for following through with a concert that didn't follow any of the safety guidelines.
Chase Rice just played a concert to an enormous crowd of unmasked fans here in Tennessee. For once, I am at a loss for words. pic.twitter.com/wB47u1EaFd— Lorie Liebig (@lorieliebig) June 28, 2020
Rice, though, wasn't the only country singer to find himself under fire. Chris Janson also held a concert at an Idaho festival, but the video he shared has since been deleted. In that case, it was unclear whether or not concert-goers were wearing masks.
Here is a look at some of the most notable comments directed at Rice in the aftermath of his Saturday concert.
Imagine risking your life in a pandemic to hear Chase Rice.— Zackary Kephart (@themusicdivide) June 28, 2020
Another photo of Chase Rice’s concert in Tennessee has surfaced pic.twitter.com/7HKoIsvLGn— jess (@prettyycry) June 28, 2020
A live performance with a crowd at this time is absolutely irresponsible and ignorant of you @ChaseRiceMusic just horrible.— Jar3d (@3FingersWhiskey) June 28, 2020
This is absolutely DISGUSTING!!! I have been on the front lines in Nashville since early March, watched COUNTLESS patients die ALONE, been using the same soiled N95 mask for weeks and this is what you are choosing to do down the street?!?!? 😡😡😡😡 @BBRMusicGroup @ChaseRiceMusic— MF121032 (@MF121032) June 28, 2020
Some artists don't care as much about public safety I guess....and neither do any of those people who chose to be in such close proximity to others. 🤷— Kristen D (@KCarib) June 28, 2020
Who in their right mind would even go out and do this? I miss live music & things to look forward to. But NOTHING is worth risking your health and others’ safety. What y’all are seeing in TN and elsewhere is what I’ve feared for months. Been there done that. #WearADamnMask— Christa B. (@CMBern) June 28, 2020
Deleting all of his music from my music library. The irresponsibility. Smh.— MK (@mbans2) June 28, 2020