NEW YORK, NY – Panned by many as a potential “super spreader” event amid the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic, CNN’s “We Love NYC: Homecoming Concert” on the Great Lawn in Central Park on Saturday, August 21st was seen as hypocritical on the network’s part after it had previously condemned other similar events, including the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally earlier this August.
The “We Love NYC” event was announced by Mayor Mayor Bill de Blasio to celebrate the re-opening of New York during a period of time when COVID-19 cases appeared to be decreasing before the Delta variant caused a new spike in infections.
The show included performances by artists such as Barry Manilow and Carlos Santana, but was eventually rained out later in the evening amid increasingly worsening weather brought about by the approaching Hurricane Henri.
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Entry to the concert – which was filled with largely mask-less attendees, another major point of criticism – was dependent on the ability to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
Many were shocked about the planning of the concert, along with other similarly-dangerous events – including Chicago’s Lollapalooza or former President Barack Obama’s 60th birthday party, originally slated to have hundreds of guests – while other events, such as the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, were widely condemned.
According to Variety Magazine, the event hosted 60,0000 attendees.