Despite the fact that coronavirus cases around the nation continue to surge to terrifying new heights, there are many Americans who are simply refusing to wear a facial covering to prevent the spread of the illness.
This choice to abstain from masks is not so much about the medical efficacy of keeping your respiratory droplets in your mouth as it is about making statement; a statement about who can and cannot tell anyone what to do with their bodies.
Of course, there are plenty of comparisons to be made here, with the “no shirts, no shoes, no service” cultural norm coming to mind first…but I digress.
Some have chosen to liken this mask-wearing pressure to “tyranny” or “fascism”, which seems a little far-fetched at times.
But then there are these folks…
A couple who wore Nazi flag face coverings to a Walmart in Marshall, Minnesota have been told not to return.
Police say the couple has been issued trespass notices. Officials said they are banned from visiting any Walmart facility for at least a year.
Video posted on social media showed the couple going through a checkout lane on Saturday with the masks that featured the Nazi swastika flag. Onlookers appeared shocked by the masks and demanded the couple to remove them.
The reason for the Nazi symbolism?
The woman seen wearing the mask argued she wasn’t a Nazi and indicated she was wearing the flag as a protest against socialism in America.
The ridiculous comparison between the Nazis and coronavirus prevention may just be peak 2020.