Despite Record Shattering COVID-19 Numbers, TikTokers Continue to Party in Los Angeles
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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a stir of emotions between different age groups, some saying that COVID-19 is fake and some thinking it’s the end of the world.
COVID-19 has killed more that 18,000 people in California, and over 250,000 people in the U.S. alone. Each day this week the United States has shattered its previous days’ records, so the big question is why are these TikToker and social media stars still throwing massive “super-spreader” events in the Hollywood Hills?
In March of this year, Los Angeles mayor, Eric Garcetti, imposed a new set of rules and planned to “flatten” the COVID-19 death & case rates.
Unfazed by this new set of restrictions, influencers immediately began throwing massive unprotected parties, where masks and social distancing were non-existent. When Mayor Garcetti imposed the restriction on March 30, there were approximately 2,747 cases of covid-19 and 7 deaths related to the virus.
Influencers tended to publicly doubt the virus calling it “fake” or “a hoax,” even after scientists have provided evidence of how deadly COVID-19 can be.
The Hype House Party
On Tuesday, July 21, the “Hype House” creator collective threw a party for Larray Merritt which was coined as the first major “Quarantine TikTok Party.”
The party started at BOA Steakhouse, a popular Los Angeles hangout for TikTokers, where they went for dinner and ended up at “The Hype House HQ.”
In an interview with The Hollywood Fix, Thomas Petrou (22), said that there were nearly 70 people at the party that night. Including personalities such as James Charles, Tana Mongeau, Nikita Dragun, The D’Amelio sisters and many others, but that wasn’t the only problem.
In addition to the dozens of party attendees inside, there were hundreds of fans, friends and others waiting outside trying to get into the event, which posed another problem, large groups waiting for hours.
While members of “Hype House” later came out and apologized for their actions it still doesn’t change the fact that the event was a potential super spreader. How can 12 and 13-year olds look up to these “influencers” sending such a bad message?
The Wish House
It seems like Wish.com is now investing into TikTokers, because recent photos have surfaced of what fans are calling “The Wish House.”
Corporate companies have now been behind large social gatherings, where it seems very few of the pictured attendees are wearing masks.
Unsurprisingly, Top Talent “manager,” Nour Khdor, seems to be involved in this questionable event, which also involves minors in unsafe situations. Khodr has been repeatedly accused of financially and sexually exploiting minors, operating a California talent company without proper licenses and a host of other inappropriate conduct.
Khodr’s “Top Talent House” lasted less than 3-weeks before being shuttered by the controversy and ensuing investigation. According to internet chatter, Wish partnered with Not A Content House to film an alleged show, but it appeared to look like just another excuse to party in large groups.
At the “Wish House,” there have been dozens of people shown in recent social media posts who are not wearing masks, including influencers such as Joey Reed, Anna Shumate, Matt Steffania, Elliana Walmsley, Sharlize True, Cynthia Parker and more.
The Drip Crib
The “Drip Crib” has been encouraging unprotected gatherings since the very beginning of the pandemic. Actors such as Devion Young, founder of The Drip Crib, have been exposed for subjecting their neighbors to horrific situations.
Young has ignored hundreds-of-thousands of dollars in unpaid rent and destroyed high-profile neighborhoods all in the name of these “influencer events.” Young has also been accused of taking advantage of Covid-19 eviction moratoriums to squat in a multi-million dollar Encino mansion that neither he nor the dozens of influencers who have crashed there throughout this year have paid for.
Worse yet, neighbors have complained repeatedly about high-volumes of unchecked parties, drugs, and repeated reports of gunshots and violence both inside and outside the property.
1600 Vine Street
Former upscale Hollywood apartment properties like “1600 Vine Street” have been highly criticized for allowing influencers to rage out-of-control on their respective premises, unchecked and unrestricted.
Yelp reviews for 1600 Vine Street show “normal” tenants being overrun by influencers, complaints of drug use, party noise and on-property filming. These activities allegedly go on at all hours of the day and night.
According to tenants, management for the property don’t seem to care much, or address the issue.
The Sway House
“Sway House’s” Bryce Hall and Blake Grey were both criminally charged by Los Angeles prosecutors, over the summer for throwing large gatherings, despite a multitude of prior warnings.
After a host of warnings, Mayor Garcetti ordered that utilities be disconnected from the property. Hall and fellow Sway member, Jaden Hossler, were also arrested and charged with possession of marijuana earlier this year in Lee County, Texas.
Clubhouse For The Boys
“Clubhouse For The Boys,” featuring former Disney star, Isaak Presley, closed its doors for good last month due to huge parties being thrown at the mansion.
Local police confirmed their presence was repeatedly requested (more than 46-times in a 30-day period) and neighbors who bordered the property complained that drunken guests were urinating, throwing large amounts of trash into their lawns and even defecating on sidewalks.
When Will They Take Covid-19 Seriously?
Unfortunately, it does not seem like the influencer community will ever learn their lesson, and it might be simply because they just don’t care. It is a shame, because they should utilize their “influence” for good and not for encouraging large, unsafe gatherings.
With the COVID-19 pandemic raging out-of-control, especially in cities like Los Angeles, the consequences of this kind of behavior could more than likely lead to a wildfire spread of this deadly disease.
Super spreader events like this will continue to cause infections to rise, and until there are significant legal consequences for those who refuse to follow necessary rules and precautions, don’t expect them to stop any time soon.