As New York City grapples with the effects of the ongoing Canadian wildfires, celebrities, and politicians are taking to social media to share their concerns and well-wishes. The city’s air quality has been labeled “code red” and deemed the worst in the world, thanks to a thick haze that has blanketed the metro area.
Among those affected by the deteriorating air quality is Jodie Comer, the star of the hit series Killing Eve.
During a performance of her Broadway play Prima Facie, Comer was forced to leave the stage just ten minutes into the show due to difficulty breathing caused by the poor air quality.
Speaking to the audience, Comer expressed her struggle, saying, “I can’t breathe in this air.”
The performance resumed with understudy Dani Arlington stepping into Comer’s role.
Celebrities, including Bravo honcho Andy Cohen, have also voiced their concerns about the wildfires’ impact on air quality. Cohen took to Instagram, comparing the situation to “the end of the world,” stating,
“Look, you can’t even see midtown back there.”
He sent his prayers to those affected by the fires and expressed gratitude to the firefighters working tirelessly to combat the blazes.
Other Celebrities who have taken to social media to raise concern and awareness are Eileen Kelly, Heléne Yorke, Pieper James, Serena Pitt, Claudia Conway, and others.
The deteriorating air quality has prompted precautions in New York City, with the Writers Guild picket lines being put on hold, and residents advised to stay indoors and limit outdoor activities. The MLB even rescheduled a game in Philadelphia due to the poor air quality in the area.
The bad air quality in New York City is a direct result of the smoke from the Canadian wildfires. The haze and heavy smoke have created an orange-tinted sky, leading to health advisories and school closures. The air quality index reached a record-breaking high, and officials warn that such events may become more frequent due to climate change.
The impact of the wildfires on the city’s air quality has been significant, affecting various aspects of daily life, including the performing arts. Jodie Comer’s interruption during the Broadway performance underscores the severity of the situation and the need for immediate action to address the environmental crisis.
As the city grapples with this ongoing issue, it is essential to extend sympathy to the residents and acknowledge the efforts of celebrities, politicians, and first responders in raising awareness and supporting those affected.
Social media has become a platform for sharing photos, videos, and well-wishes, providing a means to connect and offer support during these challenging times. The resilience of New Yorkers shines through as they navigate this environmental crisis together.
will this air quality affect bonnie if i let her outside ?? asking for a friend
— Claudia Conway (@claudiamconwayy) June 7, 2023