Post Malone and Billie Eilish Criticized for Playing Arena Shows Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

“We didn’t suspend every major sport to have Post Malone screw this up for us.”

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Days before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an advisory against gatherings of 50 or more people in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Post Malone played a sold-out show for more than 18,000 people. 

Both the genre-bending rapper and the venue’s staff were criticized on social media for not canceling the gig, which took place at the Pepsi Center in Denver on March 12. Malone’s fans evidently didn’t partake in the “social distancing” lockdown measures recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). 

Others noted that nearly all professional sports organizations, including the NBA, Major League Baseball, NHL and Major League Soccer, have suspended play indefinitely.

“We didn’t suspend every major sport to have Post Malone screw this up for us,” tweeted Tommy Veitor, a former spokesperson for the National Security Council. “Get your shit together, Colorado.” 

As Billboard notes, Billie Eilish also faced backlash for not postponing or canceling her 20,000-person show in Raleigh, North Carolina on March 12.

“So you’re not gonna postpone the one in Raleigh, North Carolina Everything else in NC is being cancelled…even on campus college classes,” one Twitter user noted. Many universities across the state and country have extended spring breaks and switched to online classes only. 

All tours promoted by Live Nation and AEG—including Malone’s and Eilish’s—have since been canceled.

For more information on the coronavirus, visit the WHO’s website