Dennis Quaid and gospel singer CeCe Winans have each taken to social media to clarify the non-political intent of participating in interviews related to COVID-19 and the ongoing pandemic.
According to a report from Politico on Friday, an ad was ordered by President Trump and conceived partly by former Department of Health and Human Services official Michael Caputo with the purpose of defeating “despair” caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The outlet reported that it will feature a number of recorded video interviews with stars, including Quaid and Winans, and administration officials discussing the Trump administration’s response to the virus.
Following Politico’s story, Winans posted a message to her Instagram account on Friday, clarifying that that the intent of her involvement was “not political at all.”
The singer said in a video message, “I was asked a couple of weeks ago to do an interview with the surgeon general, Jerome Adams, about the coronavirus. And this interview stresses how important it is for everyone to wear a mask, and it also gives us other instructions on how to get on the other side of this pandemic.”
She goes on to say, “It was not political at all. We have lost so many lives because of COVID-19, let’s all do everything we can so we won’t lose any more. God bless you.”
Quaid on Saturday recorded his own video message via Instagram, where he clarified that he was simply involved in an interview with Dr. Fauci and that he was not endorsing Trump in any way.
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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter, Trilby Beresford