BBC viewers slam Global Citizen Live over crowds not wearing masks ‘I’m concerned’

Elton John performs at Global Citizen Live in Paris

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BBC hosts Emma Willis and Ade Adepitan introduced the live coverage of the worldwide concert which aimed to unite people in tackling poverty and climate change. Hugh Jackman, Roman Kemp and Clara Amfo were also backstage in London, New York and Paris where they introduced a number of artists including Kylie Minogue and Elton John. However, some viewers were left unimpressed as some of the audience members were not wearing face coverings.

The current government guidelines in the UK state that people must wear a face-covering in crowded and enclosed spaces “where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet”.

However, in France, according to France24, people are no longer required to wear a face covering.

During a number of the gigs, while some festival-goers were wearing face masks, others chose not to, which angered some viewers.

Taking to social media, Kris raged: “Please tell Global Citizen that fully vaccinated people still catch and transmit Covid – without distancing and masks we aren’t going anywhere.”

K quizzed: “How are you gonna hold an event to encourage vaccination and talk about the pandemic but have live audience attending live without masks?” (sic)

While Misha pointed out: “Talking about the pandemic crisis while having an audience with no masks?? I am so confused.”

She later added: “Why is no one wearing masks in the audience??? #GlobalCitizenLive I am concerned!! I know they’re outside but still, they are all very close together and should be wearing masks… I don’t want this to be a super spreader event.”

“Why is the Paris crowd not wearing their masks?” Rochelle asked. “They’re standing so close together. Kinda defeats the purpose of this event, no?” (sic)


Laura commented: “I get chills when I see such a large crowd of people without wearing masks. Uff.” (sic)

Some viewers even claimed to “switch off” from the programme.

Diana penned: “I’m sure it’s a very noble idea…but it’s a no from me. Too much virtue signalling from a bunch of celebrities…again.” (sic)

Badge said: “There’s a boy band dance routine I’ve not seen before…Time (to) turn over.” (sic)

Darren added: “As much as I love Kylie, I’m not sure how much of this I can sit through…”

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Introducing the programme, Ade began: “Hello, and welcome to Global Citizen Live.

“An extraordinary global concept featuring some of the biggest music artists in the world.

“All coming together to inspire world leaders who will soon be gathering at the G20 to take the actions they say are needed to tackle extreme poverty and climate change.”

Emma continued: “And tonight we will be giving you ring-side seats to some of the world’s most spectacular venues where all of those incredible artists will be performing.”


Ade went on to introduce Clara Amo, who was hosting the event from Paris.

“Yes, Ade here I am,” Clara began. “Right in front of the iconic Eiffel Tower.

“There are 15,000 super excited fans who are waiting to see Elton John who is going to be on stage shortly.”

She went on to add the other acts joining Sir Elton were the Black Eyed Peas and Elton John.

Global Citizen Live is available to watch on the BBC iPlayer.

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