Outlander star Sam Heughan is handling the COVID-19 pandemic a little bit differently than most, and the critics are calling him out for it. Heughan revealed over the weekend that he is on vacation in Hawaii while millions around the world self-quarantine, and he clapped back at those who criticized his choice.
During a live Twitter Q'A, the Scottish actor said that he was on holiday in Hawaii due to a scheduled appearance that was canceled. Heughan was supposed to appear at PaleyFest to promote his new project Bloodshot, but he went to Hawaii anyway to enjoy some rest and relaxation.
Thanks to all the fans for supporting #Bloodshot 🔴 I want everyone to stay safe while get a chance to see the movie I’m so proud of. You can pre-order @Bloodshot 🔴 now on digital and watch it next Tuesday 3/24 and internationally starting 3/27! https://t.co/kLTZCXLBBH pic.twitter.com/PQaJ14JK3Y— Sam Heughan (@SamHeughan) March 23, 2020
This response didn’t sit well with some fans who called out Heughan for choosing to travel to Hawaii despite the fact that the state’s Governor, David Ige, announced on March 17th that all visitors to the state should postpone their vacations for at least 30 days to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
Some called Heughan “irresponsible” and slammed him for possibly putting an extra burden on the state’s health care system. Still, Sam Heughan wouldn’t back down and he wrote that his critics were “rude or completely disillusional [sic].” The actor made it clear that even though he wasn’t at home, he was still self-isolating and taking care of himself while on holiday.
New episodes of Outlander air Sunday nights on Starz.