Vanessa Hudgens Shrugs Off Coronarvirus Death Toll As 'Inevitable' In Livestream: 'Like Yeah, People Are Gonna Die'

Vanessa Hudgens appeared to shrug off the fatal impact coronavirus is having on the U.S. and globally during a social media rant. A clip of the actor and singer sparked complete outrage after she suggested death was inevitable in an Instagram Live video in response to the growing coronavirus pandemic and President Donald Trump's warning that the virus could have a deadly impact on Americans until July or August.

Hudgens has since addressed the outrage her comments sparked on Tuesday.

"Hey guys. So yesterday I did an Instagram Live and I realized today that some of my comments are being taken out of context," Hudgens said on Instagram Stories. "It's a crazy time. It's a crazy crazy time, and I am at home and I am in lockdown, and that's what I hope you guys are doing too in full quarantine and staying safe and sane. Yeah, I don't take this situation lightly by any means. I am home. So stay inside, y'all.

In the initial Instagram Live clip, the 31-year-old Hudgens said, "Til July sounds like a bunch of bulls**t. I'm sorry. But like, it's a virus. I get it. Like, I respect it, but at the same time, like, even if everybody gets it... like, yea, people are going to die, which is terrible, but like inevitable."

She wrapped up the video with a chuckle and said: "I don't know, maybe I shouldn't be doing this right now."

What a horrible and heartless message for you to share with the younger people who look up to you @VanessaHudgens

— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) March 17, 2020

Hudgens made the comment on Instagram Live on Monday. A clip of the video went viral after it was shared on Twitter on Tuesday. Hundreds of people were angered by Hudgens' perceived insensitivity.

"What a horrible and heartless message for you to share with the younger people who look up to you," New York Magazine journalist Yashar Ali tweeted of the former Disney star.

"The selfishness of these kids is infuriating. Some of us have loved ones who are extremely vulnerable," another Twitter user wrote.

The selfishness of these kids is infuriating. Some of us have loved ones who are extremely vulnerable.

— Rosie 😷❤️ (@glitter_rgsv) March 17, 2020

Some people wondered if Hudgens was under the influence and if intoxication played a role in her comments.

Is she high?!

— Naima Cochrane (@naima) March 17, 2020

As of Tuesday, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases affecting Americans surged beyond 5,130. Nearly 100 people in the country have died due to the virus. Meanwhile, on a global scale, coronavirus is to blame for more than 7,500 deaths, and the number continues to rise.

Many countries, including some U.S. states and cities, have initiated shutdowns in effort to prevent further spread of the virus. In California—the state in which Hudgens resides and where more than 470 people have been infected by coronavirus—officials announced plans to help limit human interaction by discontinuing seated-service at restaurants and bars. In New York, entire school districts have closed to help keep locals safe.

Vanessa Hudgens Shrugs Off Coronarvirus Death Toll as "Inevitable"
Vanessa Hudgens poses at the opening night of the revival of Ivo van Hove's "West Side Story"on Broadway at The Broadway Theatre on February 20, 2020, in New York City. Bruce Glikas/WireImage

In a news conference on Thursday, Trump suggested it could take months before things go back to normal in the U.S. "People are talking about July or August," Trump said when asked how long social distancing protocols would be in effect.

Representatives for Hudgens did not respond to Newsweek's request for comment at time of post.

This story was updated to reflect Hudgen's latest comment about her Instagram Live post.

She is like 31... strange. I suppose until
It hits home this is not real for many people.

— roxane gay (@rgay) March 17, 2020

what a completely dangerous and selfish message to send out to your young impressionable fans. Not cool Hudgens. Not cool and pretty fucking stupid.

— jann arden (@jannarden) March 17, 2020