As the coronavirus crisis continues to evolve, a peculiar thing has happened: This medical issue has turned political. In fact, it’s fairly easy to tell which side of the aisle you align with just by your willingness to wear a preventative face mask.
Those on the far right have taken a strong, almost libertarian stance on the subject, refusing to wear masks in public and becoming downright irate when confronted about it.
On the left, the modus operandi seems to be shaming those who abstain from mask-wearing, which has kicked off more than a few ugly moments spreading via social media.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Castaway actor Tom Hanks found himself on the offensive when the subject was broached.
Hanks said, “I don’t get it. I simply do not get it. It is literally the least you can do. And if anybody wants to build up an argument about doing the least you can do, I wouldn’t trust them with a driver’s license. I mean when you drive a car you have to obey speed limits, you got to use your turn signals, you have to avoid hitting pedestrians. If you can’t do those three things, then I get it. You shouldn’t be driving a car. If you can’t wear a mask and wash your hands and social distance, I got no respect for you, man. I don’t buy your argument.”
Hanks has firsthand knowledge on the subject as well, having come down with COVID-19 some months ago.