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'I am an artist, not a variant:' US Rapper Omarion goes viral for New Year's message

By SAAB LARIOSA Published Jan 03, 2022 3:14 pm

US Rapper Omarion wants to make it clear: Despite their similar-sounding names, he's not the highly-transmissible COVID-19 variant.

In a satirical statement shared on his social media, the singer poked fun at the similarities by saying that he's an artist, not a variant.

“So please be aware that if you just so happen to run into me on the street, you don’t have to isolate for 5 days nor do you need to have a negative test result in order to dance to my music," he added.

The Post To Be rapper continued his viral streak with two more videos carrying a similar message. His videos have since garnered over 1 million views on TikTok.

"So please be safe, be healthy. Happy New Year."

@omarion

##omarion ##omnicron ##happynewyear

♬ original sound - Omarion

This wouldn't be the first time that the Omicron joke has tickled his funny bones, as he shared a meme on Instagram on Dec. 25 poking fun of the similarity.

"I can’t stand y’all," the rapper captioned with a screenshot of the viral meme.

The Omarion/Omicron jokes spread on social media shortly after the World Health Organization (WHO) classified the COVID-19 Omicron variant as a "variant of concern."