BILLIONAIRE record producer David Geffen has been slammed for posting a picture of himself "self-isolating" during the coronavirus outbreak while on his $590 million superyacht in the Carribean.
As millions of Americans self-quarantine inside cramped apartments, or risk their own health to provide vital services, the well-heeled pensioner appeared to be living the dream during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Geffen, worth a staggering $7.7 billion according to Forbes, sent a virtual postcard to his 84,000 Instagram followers on Saturday morning, to let them know he too was feeling the hardships of self-isolating.
"Sunset last night," Geffen wrote in an Instagram post on Saturday morning, accompanied by a picture of his $590 million superyacht Rising Sun.
"Isolated in the Grenadines avoiding the virus — I hope everybody is staying safe."
Isolated in the Grenadines avoiding the virus — I hope everybody is staying safe
Social media users were quick to leap on the tone-deaf post in response to the Covid-19 crisis, which has killed more than 2,000 in the United States.
"David Geffen makes me wish I knew someone with a fully armed F-18," tweeted one person.
"Brave of David Geffen to do social isolation on a cruise ship," wrote Aaron Levie, the CEO of business software company Box.
"Ironic that David Geffen is tone-deaf," another person tweeted, referring to Geffen's career as a music producer.
Others suggested that Geffen, 77, could be doing more to help during the pandemic.
"David Geffen is out of touch," the Twitter user wrote.
"Maybe if he made a large donation for medical protective gear for our overworked nurses, doctors and medical staff, he wouldn't come off as an elitist jerk."
New York Times columnist Wajahat Ali also affirmed: "David Geffen could have donated that yacht to NYC to be used as a makeshift hospital."
In a desperate bid to slow the spread of coronavirus, soldiers have been seen stopping cars and knocking on doors in coastal communities to identify people who have been to New York state.
The outbreak in the country — where there are now more known cases than in China or Italy — looks vastly different than it did a month ago.
As of Sunday morning, at least 123,617 people across every state have tested positive for the virus and at least 2,133 patients with the virus have died.
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