“I wanna go out too, we all wanna go out, but we can’t when you’re spreading coronavirus like a wildfire,” Loren, 18, said in her TikTok video. “Please, for us, for you, stay at home. Read a book. Tell your family that you love them. Your 19th birthday can wait.”
Social media stars have been coming under major fire from fans for hosting and attending parties during the ongoing pandemic. Sway House members Bryce Hall and Blake Gray were charged by Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer on August 28 for violating the Safer Los Angeles Health Order and the City’s Party House Ordinance twice following “a couple” house parties held at their home in the Hollywood Hills. The influencers face up to one year in jail and up to $2,000 in fines.
“With hundreds of people attending, loud music all night long and cars blocking access for emergency vehicles, party houses are really out of control nightclubs, and they’ve hijacked the quality of life of neighbors nearby. As if that weren’t enough, the hosts are incredibly irresponsible, with COVID-19 spreading and parties banned because of it. We’ve got to put a stop to it,” Mike said during a press conference announcing the charges. “If you have a combined 19-million followers on TikTok during this health crisis, you should be modeling good behavior — not brazenly violating the law and posting videos about it, as we allege.”
After one of the parties, Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcett, announced via Twitter on August 19 that he had authorized the city to “disconnect utility service” at Bryce and Blake’s Hollywood Hills home. Bryce, 21, has since talked with paparazzi and admitted that he “regretted” throwing the party.
“Was not expecting that many people to come, it happened, our power got shut off,” he said on August 22. “I deserved it, and now I’m just facing the consequences.”
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