A CBS News video segment showing a number of young spring breakers in Miami, Fla. downplaying government warnings about the COVID-19 outbreak has sparked viral criticism online.
In the video, college students visiting South Florida during their spring break vacation share their frustrations over the way the outbreak has inconvenienced their ability to hit the bars and the beach.
“It’s really messing up with my spring break. What is there to do here other than go to the bars or the beach?” student Brianna Leeder told the news network. “And they’re closing all of it.
“I think they’re blowing it way out of proportion. I think it’s doing way too much,” she added.
“What they’re doing is bad. We need a refund,” Atlantis Walker said. “This virus ain’t that serious. There’s more serious things out there like hunger and poverty and we need to address that.”
“If I get corona, I get corona. At the end of the day, I’m not gonna let it stop me from partying”: Spring breakers are still flocking to Miami, despite coronavirus warnings. https://t.co/KoYKI8zNDH pic.twitter.com/rfPfea1LrC
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 18, 2020
Brady Sluder told CBS News “whatever happens, happens.”
“If I get corona, I get corona. At the end of the day, I’m not going to let it stop me from partying,” he said. “I’ve been waiting, we’ve been waiting for Miami spring break for a while, about two months we’ve had this trip planned. Two, three months, and we’re just out here to having a good time.”
Shelby Cordell, who told the network she just celebrated her 21st birthday, also said she wouldn’t let the deadly pandemic stop her from enjoying herself in Florida.
“Yeah, I mean, we planned this trip a long time ago and it was kind of up in the air if we would still go. But like, we’re here. I just turned 21 this year, so I’m here to party, so it’s kind of disappointing, but we’re just making the most of it,” she said.
“We met these other people in our little Airbnb spot,” she said before gesturing to others off-camera, “so we’re just hanging out with them and trying to get drunk before everything closes.”
“We’re just trying to roll with it,” Bryson Taylor told CBS News. “We’re just living for the moment. We’re just going to do what happens, when it happens when stuff closes, we’re going to do it when it closes.
“But besides that, we’re just trying to have the best trip we can,” he added.
The video has sparked online outrage from social media users amid concerns over the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
These kids are going to watch these clips of themselves in 10 years and cringe the way I do when I see a Facebook status from 2005-2010
— BushelAndAPeck (@mfriel25) March 18, 2020
Our grandparents were asked to go to war we asked these assholes to stay home on the couch and they can’t even do that.
— Chris Nilan (@KnucklesNilan30) March 18, 2020
The “It’s ALL About Me” Generation
— The Resistor Sister ♥️🇺🇸🦅 (@the_resistor) March 18, 2020
If bugs can do it, we can do it. pic.twitter.com/qx1cXnZlXS
— Nicolàs Aguirre (@naguirre) March 18, 2020