John Legend called 'hypocrite' for attending Obama's 'maskless' bash after posting about Covid

John Legend was trolled for posting the tweets just a week before he gathered along with hundreds of other attendees at Barack Obama's party

                            John Legend called 'hypocrite' for attending Obama's 'maskless' bash after posting about Covid
John Legend is being slammed after he attended Barack Obama's birthday (Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Gucci, Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

A tweet posted by John Legend about safety measures to follow during the Covid-19 pandemic is being slammed after he and his wife Chrissy Teigen attended former President Barack Obama’s 60th birthday bash over the weekend. The bash was largely maskless.

On August third, the 'All Of Me' singer wrote in a series of tweets, "Public service announcement! We were so happy to announce new tour dates today! The tour moves to mostly indoor venues as we get further into fall though. Please keep in mind that the Delta variant of Covid 19 is highly transmissible and doesn’t give a shit about our fun plans!” Legend announced to his fans last week. “If you plan to be in a large group of people (like hopefully our concert!) in October, you have plenty of time to get fully vaccinated before you come. Every city and venue will have different rules, but we don’t need the mayor or governor to tell us what’s safe. Being unvaccinated and/or unmasked at a large indoor gathering is like literally begging to get COVID. Please don’t do that to yourself, your family or your neighbors."



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He added: "The only reason we could even plan this tour was because of how many of our neighbors got vaccinated. Cases, hospitalizations and deaths went down dramatically in highly vaccinated areas. But far too many areas haven’t had enough shots and the Delta variant is running rampant. We have the tools to fix this. The vaccines really work and have saved so many lives. So grateful to all the scientists who worked so hard on this! We went from peaking at several thousand deaths a day to a few hundred a day in the US. This is wonderful, but not enough. Please be safe out there. Get vaccinated for yourself and your neighbors. And let’s enjoy our concerts in safety and good health!!"



Obama's 60th birthday bash


Legend was trolled for posting the tweets just a week before he gathered along with hundreds of other attendees at Obama's milestone birthday party which was primarily held in a massive tent with no social distancing or mask-wearing of any kind. Attendees were required to show a negative Covid test, but showing vaccination certificates to prove one's inoculation status was not required at the bash. Not only during the party, but a number of guests also mingled inside and outside both before and after the festivities. Pictures and videos of guests not complying with CDC mask guidelines were leaked online, which then went viral.

“This outdoor event was planned months ago in accordance with all public health guidelines and with Covid safeguards in place. Due to the new spread of the Delta variant over the past week, the President and Mrs. Obama have decided to significantly scale back the event to include only family and close friends,” a statement read ahead of the bash. “President Obama is appreciative of others sending their birthday wishes from afar and looks forward to seeing people soon.”

'How was Obamapalooza?'


Social media users called out Legend for his series of tweets, branding him a hypocrite for not following through with his own advice. "This take is less than a week old," one user wrote while another said, "Also John Legend: I really don't understand why I and my elite pals don't have any credibility." A third commented, "Literally sung at unmasked large indoor gathering last night. But thought no one would snitch." One more quipped, "Weren't you at Obama's party with several hundred other people? Without masks?"

The next remarked, "Hope you enjoyed that @BarackObama super spreader event that was INSIDE tents... #Hypocrites." Another added, "Guys, they don’t care about hypocrisy, because they see everyone else as beneath them." A commenter tweeted, "This doesn’t age well unless you’re attending a function with an ex-president #COVID19." One more said, "How was Obamapalooza ?" A person reacted with, “Rules for thee, but not for me..”