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She is making light of the situationShe is treating it as though it is not important or serious, whereas in fact it is very serious and matters a lot. She is playing down the significance of the situation trying to make people believe that it is not as important as it is.
opposite: play up
Can you play up your strengths and play down your weaknesses?
Have you ever hurt anyone's feelings by making light of what seemed to be of utmost importance to them?
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