Chase Rice has come under fire over his promotion of his new single “Drinkin’ Beer. Talkin’ God. Amen.”
Just hours before the song dropped on Nov. 29, the 35-year-old singer took to Twitter to tease the release. “Just lost my taste and smell. Weird,” he wrote, seemingly poking fun a coronavirus symptoms. “Also, dropping a single at midnight.”
While some followers expressed concern over Rice’s wellbeing, others questioned whether the artist’s tweet was just part of a publicity stunt.
“Damn, I really like your music. This is just in very poor taste….legit, no pun intended,” one follower wrote. “Not a joke, don’t make it one.” Added another, “Ask healthcare workers if getting/dealing with Covid-19 is funny. Hint: it’s not.”
Rice later confirmed he did not have COVID-19 but proceeded to tout the song, which he recorded with Florida Georgia Line. “On a real note. Don’t have covid,” Rice tweeted. “But I’m dropping a single tonight. With 2 guys that I learned a lot from. Respect the hell out of @FLAGALine. And 10 years after we started doing music together and lived together, we’re at it again. Drinkin beer. Talkin God. Amen.”