Country singer Chase Rice is yet again under fire for joking about the coronavirus.
On Sunday night, The 35-year-old took to Twitter to promote his new single with Florida Georgia Line, “Drinkin’ Beer. Talkin’ God. Amen.”
Rice wrote, “Just lost my taste and smell. Weird. Also, dropping a single at midnight.”
While it wasn’t clear if Rice was serious about contracting the virus, fans were quick to call him out.
One follower who is currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms was not pleased with Rice’s tweet.
“Don’t be joking around about this crap cause I’m struggling to catch my breath at times to a point I feel like I’m about to pass out, Don’t be using a pandemic to rise sales of a dang song!”
Other users replied to the tweet offering Rice well-wishes after assuming the singer was sick.
Chase Clears the Air
To clarify, Rice sent out another tweet to let his followers know that he hadn’t contracted the virus.
“On a real note. Don’t have covid. But I’m dropping a single tonight. With 2 guys that I learned a lot from. Respect the hell out of @FLAGALine,” he wrote online. “And 10 years after we started doing music together and lived together, we’re at it again. Drinkin beer. Talkin God. Amen.”
The additional tweet may have added fuel to the fire for Rice. One user replied, “I’ve lost all my respect for you this year. Congrats, I’ll be turning off the radio every time it comes on.”
“I’m legitimately glad you’re ok but it’s NOT funny joking about having Covid. Especially to promote music. People are literally dying from it,” another wrote. “And Tyler [Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line] might not find your joke funny either since he’s actually HAD Covid.”
This isn’t the first time Rice has come under fire for his behavior regarding the virus. This year, he made headlines after photos and videos were released after he held a packed concert with little to no face masks or social distancing.