Many people are CHOOSING to wear a face mask and it has NOTHING to do with the coronavirus.
Tony Sky (the author) is an unofficial legal observer and news reporter of London events and protests.
"Why are you wearing a facemask?". "Do you not realise how stupid you look?", "take off your f*****g facemask". And, if looks could kill, I'd be dead!
Those were the questions and comments (abuse) I received by protesters at an anti-mask / anti-lockdown protest in London, UK, where thousands of protesters without facemasks had rallied to oppose the government's guideline of 'locking down' and the 'mandatory wearing of facemasks' calling it all a 'PLAN/SCAMdemic' — created to enforce 'Marshall Law' and 'control' society.
My replies... "the coronavirus is NOT the reason why I'm wearing a mask." And, "If you were in MY shoes, I would NOT be harassing YOU for choosing to wear YOUR mask for whatever reasons YOU choose to wear it for".
Also, the protesters kept shouting at everyone through megaphones saying, "take off your mask" and "don't you know how harmful facemasks are" (while puffing on cigarettes), but I don't tell them to stop smoking, or how stupid they are for doing so! My mask also protects me from all the smoke flares you set off at every protest. (as shown in the image below)
And, one second they were telling me to remove my facemask, the next second they were telling the police without facemasks to "put on your mask", not knowing or asking if they were exempt, or an undercover (secret) anti-masker!
Plus, what is the point of these protesters chanting "freedom, freedom, freedom" if I'm not allowed the freedom to wear my facemask!
And, while I'm on my soapbox, if any anti-masker happens to catch Covid-19, it's probably unlikely you caught it from someone wearing a facemask!
Since 2020, when the world came under attack from the coronavirus (Covid-19), we all went under lockdown, and life dramatically changed for us all. Some have come to terms with it and accepted the government's guidelines, rules, and restrictions to help combat the virus and reduce lives by following their advice. Including the wearing of facemasks.
Others, the 'anti-maskers' and 'coronavirus sceptic's' are quite happy to wear a mask depicting the image of 'Guy Fawkes' as seen in the 2005 film 'V for Vendetta' — a symbol of anti-government resistance which has become widespread among groups protesting against the government and financial institution, as well as the coronavirus sceptics who think the government's and scientists are exaggerating the severity of the virus for their own agenda.
The anti-vaxxers believe that the plan is to implant trackable microchips when injected with the Coronavirus vaccine, and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is behind it.
More about the microchip here-> Coronavirus Sceptics: Why Are They so Anti-This and Anti-That? (Anti-vaxxers)
Unfortunately, they are taking it out on all the people who have chosen to wear their facemask. People choosing to follow scientists' and governments' guidelines to keep people safe.
Face mask wearers don't know about, or have the chance to believe, or disbelieve the conspiracies because they are not on social media, nor the Internet. They trust the government and the "mainstream" media — and still petrified of catching Covid-19, even though they have been 'double vaccinated'. The others who are privvy to all the conspiracies, do not believe them — what's so wrong with that!
This is OUR Protest. Dear Anti-Maskers...
Why we choose to wear face masks
Aside from people respecting the scientists' and governments' advice and rules to wear a facemask, the following comments are the other reasons why people are choosing to wear a facemask... along the lines of...
NOTE: All the below quotes were from talk radio, online message boards/forums), social media, and personal conversations with facemask wearers. And eavesdropping..
- "I only wear a facemask, because it's compulsory in shops and on public transport".
- "It only helps to hide some wrinkles I hate. A silver lining in every cloud."
- "I wear my mask when I cannot be bothered to put on my lipstick or be assed to remove my upper lip, and chin hair".
- "I always wear my mask... until I'm out of sight of my parents who expect me to wear them".
- "I used my wife's facemask when I pop to the shops, to hide the bits of tissues stuck on my face from shaving cuts."
- "I bought a pack of masks, just to keep my face warm in winter, and to stop my nose from going red"
- "Let's just say, I no longer have big lips!."
- I always catch a cold every year, but not since I have been wearing a mask".
The Centre's for Disease Control and Prevention said, we can "save 100,000 lives in the next 100 days" (in the U.S. alone), if everyone wears a mask in public.
- "Okay, so the Coronavirus may be a hoax, but I am not going to trust my life on a maybe."
- "Trust me, I look MORE attractive with my mask on."
- "It makes me feel mysterious."
- "Air pollution kills thousands every year, so why would I not want to wear a facemask in public".
- "I have noticed people don't stare at me as much". (said by my attractive friend).
- I work in a shop selling second-hand items, which can be quite dusty and I have always wanted to wear a face mask, and now I can without anyone laughing or staring at me."
The human body sheds millions of dust particles every hour. From dead skin cells to fabric dust particles from the natural deterioration of clothing (and the dust 'stuff' on people's clothing). ripped jeans are the biggest culprit! — Not forgetting the millions of droplets released from people's noses and mouths every time they speak, cough, sneeze, scratch themselves or rubs their nose. I would not be happy to constantly inhale these particles!
- "I am fully vaccinated, but I chose to wear a mask, outdoors, in a crowded location because people are gross. They sneeze, cough, smear their dirty little nose-picking fingers on buttons, handles and so on. Honestly, it really is disgusting. So i will wear a mask and disinfect my hands regularly and avoid touching stuff in public".
- "Many famous people are using facemasks to remain annoymous in public, which makes it much harder for the public and paparazzi to spot them".
- "Some people's mugs (faces) are so ugly, the wearing of facemasks should be mandatory." Said by an ugly mug!
- "Why do I wear my mask? My dog loves seeing us both muzzled, it's as simple as that"
- "The main reason I chose to wear a mask is that I knew other people were genuinely afraid of catching Covid, so wearing a mask was my way of showing them compassion".
- "I am exempt from wearing a facemask, but I started to wear it again with my nose sticking out to breathe, to stop the evil eyes and comments I was getting from people in public."
- "When I wear my mask, I often find myself feeling like the bad guy in a film or on a robbing spree."
- "My dear wife's asymptomatic, and will die from the common cold, let alone the Coronavirus if she catches it, that's why she chooses to wear her mask."
- "This is one way of dealing with the police's facial recognition CCTV."
- "At least nobody can tell I'm mumbling to myself while I'm at work".
- "I have to, and will continue to wear a facemask in all public toilets"
Studies have suggested that flushing a toilet can spray viral particles around a room. A person could then be exposed to SARS-CoV-2 by breathing in floating faecal matter, or by ingesting the virus after touching contaminated surfaces. Breathing in these particles can also cause other medical problems.
- "Lets just say, shoplifting is much smarter with my face covered!"
- "I still don't know why, but I got along with strangers more, when I was wearing a facemask. I just hope I can continueto wear it, purely for social reasons, and yes, I'm aware of the potential dangers from wearing a mask, a risk I'm willing to take".
- "for the past 18 months of mask-wearing I haven’t had any allergies, and I don’t give a rat’s patootie about what anything thinks about me wearing a mask".
- "I’m gonna be honest, I don’t really like interacting with people, and the mask makes it much easier to avoid that".
- "I hate wearing a mask, but I wear it out of respect for people around me"
- "I don't personally feel in any danger, but I feel socially obligated to wear a mask. I feel that's the right thing to do".
- "Mines to protect me from my wife's farts which have got worse since she had a curry the other night."
- "I wear a mask because my teeth are probably my biggest insecurity".
- "So what if someone wants to wear a mask while alone In their car, that's none of my business".
- "You've probably heard of body dysmorphia that clothes can conceal, welcome to face dysmorphia".
- Let's just say, I used to be camera shy," they said with a wink!
- "A disposable facemask was a lot cheaper than paying for expensive dental implants. However, I still can't chew my nuts"!.
- "Perhaps if my wife wore a facemask, she might still be alive".
- "For personal reasons, I'd wear my mask forever if I could"
Please stop picking on us for wearing a facemask
To combat this virus, no matter how deadly or not it is, the easiest thing to do is wear a facemask or face visor.
And, when the pandemic is over, and the government decides it's time to stop wearing face coverings, people should be allowed the freedom to wear them, without being judged, ridiculed or humiliated. Because we now know why many people are choosing to wear them.
A big 'THANK YOU' to everyone who was honest, open and brave enough to share their reasons.
© 2020 Tony Sky
Comments - Discussion
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 03, 2020:
Nicely done. I wear a mask because my wife won't let me back in our home unless I do ;-) It seems to me that many people, for whatever reason, just don't use their judgment on such matters so a straight up rule is helpful.