/  01.02.2022

Omarion is setting the record straight. He is an artist, not a variant. The “Touch” singer showed up during “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” celebration on ABC to wish everyone a happy new year and poke a little fun at the highly-contagious COVID-19 Omicron variant that many have jokingly decided to call the “Omarion.”

“New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, its Omarion. Now, I know that there has been a lot of confusion online recently, so my lawyers asked me to read this: ‘I, Omarion am a musician and an entertainer — not a variant,” Omarion said in the clip. The last time I had to do this was in 2000 when everyone confused Y2K with B2K. That ain’t how it’s supposed to be. No, but seriously I want to wish you all a happy and safe New Year. Peace”

REVOLT previously reported in November 2021 when Black Twitter decided to call the Omicron variant the “Omarion.” At the time, the World Health Organization (WHO) had just named the newest strain of the deadly virus the Omicron variant. No cases had been reported in the U.S. but WHO labeled it as a “variant of concern,” instead of a “variant of interest” due to its amount of mutations. The Omicron variant of the coronavirus has since spread faster than the Delta variant and has caused infections in people already vaccinated and those who have recovered from the COVID-19 disease, the head of the WHO recently announced.

Perhaps, Omarion’s PSA was indirectly in response to actor Lakeith Stanfield, who shared a snapshot of a DM he sent the “O” singer. “You ruining Christmas for everybody smh,” Stanfield said in the message on Instagram. “I’m weak i wonder if he’s gunna respond,” he captioned the post. 

Watch Omarion wish everyone a happy new year in the video below:

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