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Shawn Mendes criticized for NYC wildfire smoke imagery used to promote new song

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Shawn Mendes has been accused of attempting to profit off the wildfire smoke engulfing New York City with the release of his new song.

Mendes surprise dropped his song "WHAT THE H--- ARE WE DYING FOR?" on Friday at midnight.The promotional material for the song used a photo of the New York City skyline.

New York City has been hit with an orange haze as more than 100 wildfires burned in Quebec on Tuesday.The city is experiencing the worst air quality in recorded history due to the Canadian wildfires, per FOX Weather’s analysis of EPA historical data. "Stared writing this song yesterday morning with my friends in upstate New York & finished it only a few hours ago...felt important to me to share with you guys in real time." "Also donating to Canadian Red Cross, head to the link in my bio to learn more or donate if you can," Mendes added.

View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Shawn Mendes (@shawnmendes) Fans shared their criticism of his single cover in the comments of the song announcement. "Why are you trying to profit off a natural disaster," one user wrote. "ppl are dying in wildfires n getting sick by the poor air quality n u rlly decided to make it ur aesthetic?" another added. "lmao ain't no way people are using our city for clout," one wrote.

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