20 Cringey And Weird Things Celebrities Did At The Beginning Of The Pandemic That Are Wild To Look Back On Now

Because sometimes it’s okay to just put your phone away and not say anything.

It seems like a completely different world because it was, but one of the weirdest parts about the early pandemic days was all the weird shit celebrities did. In the moment it was very frustrating, but two years later I find myself laughing at how out-of-touch and chaotic celebs were at the time.


Remember when Vanessa Hudgens made this video about the inevitability of people dying from Covid:

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She talks about “respecting the virus.”

And “yeah, people are gonna die.”


Sia posted this drawing that means…literally I have no idea what she was going for here.

Like, I’ve been thinking about this one for a while now.

Still, nope. Don’t get it.

But I will always appreciate it because it turned into this:


Bette Midler saluted housekeepers and, just like, national brands because it appears she has never cooked or cleaned before.

I never knew my appliances as well as I’m starting to know them. So grateful to #Kenmore and #Maytag. This is no joke. I salute housekeepers around the globe, doing your best to keep your families well, safe and alive.

10:44 PM – 31 Mar 2020

Twitter: @BetteMidler

Thank you hashtag Kenmore and hashtag Maytag!


How could you forget Gal Gadot and a bunch of famous people singing “Imagine”?

I still can’t believe she got so many people to agree to do it.

They even got Zoë Kravitz 😭

But also I’ll be eternally grateful for the memes it inspired. Like, looking back the “Imagine” video *got us through* shit.


Madonna called the coronavirus the “great equalizer” from a bathtub sprinkled with rose petals.


Everyone forgets this, but she also sang a song from her bathroom to the tune of “Vogue” about eating fried fish because there was no more pasta.

Living in Special Times…………thank GOD for imagination and fried fish! 🐠🐠🐠 #quarantine #covid_19 #staysafe #becreative

04:13 PM – 20 Mar 2020

Twitter: @Madonna

Not sure why this one isn’t on Spotify.


Jennifer Lopez kept on posting pics and vids from her gorgeous/scary house that was giving major Parasite vibes.

We can’t go out to any restaurants or anything but the service and entertainment here is pretty good…😊 #StaySafe

06:11 PM – 18 Mar 2020

I was both low-key creeped out and insanely jealous at the same time.

It was also weird because she was still dating A-Rod.


Another iconic early J Lo pandemic memory was this selfie she posted with a man seemingly screaming for help in the background:

Which, like, made this joke all that easy:


Drake showed us his “life for the next however long” which was just his private, full-size basketball court.

.@Drake documents his quarantine experience for Instagram 🏀:

“My life for the next however long”

01:26 PM – 17 Mar 2020

@drake / Via Instagram: @drake


Sam Smith documented their breakdown, like who was just sitting there taking pictures of them having a breakdown?

Sam Smith shares emotional snaps of ‘quarantine meltdown’ at £12m home


11:30 PM – 19 Mar 2020

@samsmith / Via Instagram: @samsmith


Katy Perry posted a video of Italian people singing her song “Roar” from their balconies.

Except that never really happened, some stan made it lol.


Madonna also fell for the same shenanigans. She thought they were singing her song “I Rise.”

They weren’t singing her song. That was also fake.


Remember when Jaime King made this really weird video thanking the coronavirus — like, the literal virus — for bringing people together.

It was so weird how celebs were thanking a, um, deadly pathogen.


Arnold Schwarzenegger told us to socially distance from his Jacuzzi while smoking a cigar.


Billionaire David Geffen wished us well from his private yacht.

I wasn’t jealous of a huge yacht in the Grenadines…nope, not at all while I was wiping my groceries down in a studio apartment.


Kim Kardashian tried to tell us to take social distancing seriously even though she was literally across the table from her mother.

“Social distancing is definitely the way to go,” Kim said inside her home across the table from her mother.


Jennifer Aniston posted a picture of her dog having “deep quarantine” thoughts.


And last but not least, I’ll leave you with my favorite celeb reaction, A GOOD ONE, from the one and only Vanessa Carlton.

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Overall, what a weird time to be alive! We were all so naïve, just some people had a bit more $$$ and social followings. Lessons learned all around.