Let’s just address the elephant in the room: the whole world seems to be in agreement that holding the CMA Awards in the midst of the second wave of a pandemic probably isn’t the best idea (via Vulture). Even though everyone at the show keeps trying to convince all of us sitting at home of how safe they’re being, there are many blatantly obvious signs that this might not be the case.
Well thanks to cameras, it’s no secret that there is not a mask in sight at tonight’s award ceremony. Co-hosts Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker are very clearly not six feet apart; people are hugging and dancing; there are about 20 tables with four people at each table, which would put about 80 people in this enclosed indoor space (via Vulture). These are some pretty risky behaviors that are most certainly capable of spreading coronavirus. Not a great look. We’re starting to think that maybe Lady A had the right idea not showing up tonight.
During an allegedly Covid-safe evening, Reba McEntire coughed on national television
The icing on the cake of this entire potential COVID-hotspot of an evening? While Reba McEntire was announcing the next performer, she coughed into the microphone. She stopped, and looked around the deadly silent room. “Excuse me,” she said. “Not a good time to do that, is it?” The crowd laughed half-heartedly. “Sorry,” she sheepishly says. It was as if all the air in the room had disappeared.
While a seemingly small mistake, McEntire’s cough really served as a reminder of the frivolity of large gatherings during this global pandemic. We applaud the CMA Awards for making attempts at being safe; tables were spaced out, attendees were discouraged from mingling during breaks, and everyone was tested for coronavirus before the evening (via Yahoo). Fair enough. But unfortunately, these precautions simply might not be enough to prevent the spread of the disease. So at this point, all we can do is hope that everyone stays healthy, and that McEntire stops coughing into microphones.
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