Celebrities Spring to Virtual Alternatives


Ingrid Vanegas, Reporter

As of late March 2020, several states began undergoing quarantine in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. The quarantine has affected a variety of people as most businesses have been shut down. Celebrities have also been affected, but they have found alternatives to interact with their fans via social media.

Television shows, such as the Late Show starring Stephen Colbert, returned with an at-home replacement to keep viewers up to date with new content. 

“The at-home home replacements are being made in a way to promote social distancing,” junior Paige Muñiz said.

NBC News, an American broadcast television network, stated that more than 1 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported as the virus spreads across Europe, North America and Africa. The U.S. has reported nearly 400,000 cases. These substitute shows are being produced to protect the population from a quickly-growing virus.

“These changes are a huge first step to helping this pandemic,” Muñiz said. “It helps protect both the host and audience because the spread of COVID is rapid and dangerous.”

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 we have to clean our hands often, avoid close contact, clean and disinfect our homes and cover our mouths when coughing or sneezing. 

“The ideal goal in fighting a pandemic is to completely stop the spread. But slowing it is critical,” Muñiz said. “This reduces the number of cases at any given time, which in turn allows doctors, hospitals, police, schools and vaccine-manufacturers time to prepare/respond, without becoming overwhelmed.” 

Similarly, singer John Legend performed a virtual concert to over 10,000 fans on Instagram to raise awareness for Coronavirus relief. He included information on food banks and other organizations that people could help and reminded people to focus on their mental health. He also focused on promoting safety precautions the public should follow.

“It helps keep fans connected to the artists as we have more opportunities to communicate with them, ” junior Eric Pacheco said. “They can then support their fans from home.” 

Legend mentioned he wanted to put his large platform to good use. Pacheco feels Legend is an example of how celebrities can use their power for good.

“Because of their great influence on others and mostly their supporters, celebrities can publicly speak on social media about the importance of quarantine and safety precautions, such as wearing masks and gloves,” Pacheco said.

Pacheco believes these alternatives have a positive impact on fans.

“Hosting virtual concerts not only keeps John Legend himself safe, but his fans as well,” Pacheco said. “They are reducing the times that they are coming into contact with others so that the chances of them contracting the virus is greatly diminished.”

Regardless, viewers, such as Muñiz, realize the benefits these abrupt changes bring. 

“They almost never make changes this huge to shows like these, but it also proves we can change for the better in hopes of protecting others,” Muñiz said.