The coronavirus pandemic is a test for celebrities. Some of them are failing.
“That’s been the story of life,” President Trump said on Wednesday, responding to a question about whether the rich, famous and otherwise well-connected were jumping the queue to get tested for covid-19. Trump’s offhand observation offered a stark reflection of the preexisting — and as Trump seems to believe, immutable — inequalities exposed by the pandemic.But that attitude is wrong. We don’t need to take these divisions for granted. And the people who have benefited most have a role to play in ending this profound unfairness. Stars who have cut the line to get coronavirus testing should be honest about how they managed to get screened. They should use their considerable cultural power to advocate expanding access to testing and treatment for their less-privileged fans.There are reasonable arguments for having certain famous people tested early for covid-19, even if they aren’t seriously ill. As National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver argued in response to criticism from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, his league’s players are “young people who are working in close proximity to each other. They are traveling at great frequency. They are regularly in large groups, including the public. And the young cohort in particular, a