Zac Efron Criticized for Disrespect on 'Kelly Clarkson Show'

Efron's Recent TV Appearance Sparks Unexpected Online Debate

by Zain ul Abedin
Zac Efron Criticized for Disrespect on 'Kelly Clarkson Show'
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Hollywood star Zac Efron, aged 36, recently sparked a wave of criticism following his appearance on 'The Kelly Clarkson Show', which aired last Thursday. Known for his iconic role in 'High School Musical', Efron joined the show to discuss his latest film project, 'The Iron Claw'

His fellow cast members Harris Dickinson, Stanley Simons, and Jeremy Allen White were accompanying him. The episode, intended to be a light-hearted promotion, took an unexpected turn as the internet buzzed with reactions to Efron's demeanor.

An online clip shows the actor donning sunglasses and a red sweater, paired with brown pants, a look that some fans labeled 'rude' Clarkson, the show's affable host, contrasted Efron's attire with a classic black dress complemented by a bold red lipstick.

Efron's Sunglasses Stir Controversy

Tension seemingly arose when Clarkson brought up Efron's 'High School Musical' legacy, a topic he appeared hesitant to delve into. Clarkson jocularly remarked, "Everyone on my crew is a High School Musical fan.

And so, it's like American Idol. You're never going to get away from it." In response, Efron briefly acknowledged the show before swiftly shifting the conversation. Efron's decision to wear sunglasses indoors became a focal point of viewer comments.

While he explained it was due to an eye injury, saying, "Sorry I'm wearing shades... I hurt my eye..." this did not quell the online chatter. Viewers took to social media to express their opinions, with one commenting, "Why does he have sunglasses on? So rude." Others echoed similar sentiments, questioning the appropriateness of wearing dark glasses on a talk show and deeming it disrespectful to Clarkson.

This incident has highlighted the fine line celebrities tread in public appearances, where every gesture and choice of attire is scrutinized. Efron, a beloved figure in Hollywood, now faces the challenge of addressing this wave of criticism while continuing to promote his latest film.

The episode serves as a reminder of the ever-present public gaze on celebrities and the expectations placed upon them, even in seemingly casual settings.

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