American actress and fashion model Denise Richards decided to post a maskless selfie onboard a recent flight. That’s common enough. But the way she justified not wearing a mask on an airplane…astonishing.
Model Citizen: Denise Richards Offers A Novel Reason For Avoiding Masks On Airplane
The 50-year-old actress posted the picture on Instagram with the caption:
“Anyone that is upset I [am] not wearing a mask I’m hiding under a hoody [and] a huge winter coat.”
The post costs a backlash of outrage on social media, with many condemning the actress for her cavalier attitude and astonishing justification for not wearing a mask.
To be clear, putting a hoody and winter coat around you face (not over it) does not protect against COVID-19 unless Richards is privied to scientific studies the rest of us have never read.
Running damage control on behalf of Richards, several unnamed friends later told People Magazine that the actress takes masking very seriously and regrets her “joke” on the airplane.
“Denise realized it wasn’t the right thing to do to post the picture. In reality, she wore her mask the entire time except when she was taking sips of water. She believes in masks, and she really does follow the rules.”
Another friends said:
“Denise is not one of those people who is anti-masks. The way she handled it was strange, posting the photo. She’s ready to admit she was an idiot to post the photo!”
I happen to think it is okay to remove masks briefly to take pictures on airplanes, but boating about having greater protection with wearing a winter coat is a bit odd, if not the sort of thing anti-mask zealots might try to argue to justify not covering up onboard.
Masking often crosses into virtual signaling and Denise Richards has a host of other pictures on Instagram to demonstrate what a “model” citizen she is. Here, however, the problem was not so much lowering her mask to take a picture, but trying to justify it on the absurdest of grounds. If that was meant to be a joke, Richards should stick to modeling…