Masks: the accessory of choice for insufferable scolds

Masks: the accessory of choice for insufferable scolds

After reusable grocery bags were deemed germ-infested canvas petri dishes, the insufferable scolds among us, desperate to signal their virtue, have turned to masks as their accessory of choice.

It isn’t about protecting others from their germs; that’s incidental.  What matters to them is masks signal to the world just how moral and virtuous you are.

It’s why they make a big deal out of President Trump not wearing a mask — despite the fact that he has repeatedly tested negative for the Wuhan virus so a mask is pointless. To the masked scolds, whether it’s necessary is irrelevant. But it does give them one more reason to view Trump as immoral.

These insufferable scolds have created a cottage industry out of posting videos and pictures on social media of those who aren’t wearing masks.  The more vicious among them directly confront non-mask-wearers in order to give them a piece of their mind.

And they are instilling in their children the same insufferable moral preening:

JK tweet on masks

As a New York resident, I have to wear a mask in the grocery store.  Hey, I have to eat.  And in New York State, you must wear a mask while in a grocery store.  It makes my time in the store brief because I find it difficult to breathe – and more difficult to see as my glasses fog up.  As soon as I exit the store, the mask comes off.

You should see the dirty looks I get from mask-wearing patrons in the parking lot when I pull my mask off.

It’s the same dirty look I got from them when, in early March, I said something snarky to the checkout girl about New York State banning plastic grocery bags.  And the same dirty look I got when I cheered the return of plastic grocery bags after they discovered reusable bags are the Typhoid Mary of virtuous accessories.

The insufferable scolds are using masks as a way to instantly label their fellow Americans as either good and virtuous citizens or evil, selfish Grandma killers.

Insofar as masks may or may not be an effective way to minimize the spread of Wuhan virus (and there is dispute on this), protecting yourself and others from a virus is secondary to these people.  The primary purpose of masks is to virtuously signal your goodness to the rest of the world.

Well, of course Alyssa is a Mask Nazi. Did you really expect anything different from her?

One idiot on Twitter posted a video of Staten Islanders chasing a non-mask-wearing person out of a grocery store.  No, I’m not going to post it.  Angry-Mob porn isn’t my thing. But, if you want to watch, here’s the LINK.

While you’re at it, read through the replies.  The insufferably virtuous are applauding this.  They actually think the ones who got in the unmasked woman’s face and harassed her are the decent people in this scenario.

Fact is, the people confronting her violated social distancing rules when they got in that woman’s face to harass her.  Which pretty much confirms my point. They’re not concerned about health and safety.  But harassing this woman made them feel virtuous.  And by extension, those on Twitter could indulge in their own moral preening while cheering them on.

I’ve seen non-mask-wearers in my grocery store.  You know what I do?  Nothing.  I don’t take their pictures and post them on social media.  I don’t chase after them and shriek at them.  I don’t tattle on them to a store employee.  I don’t do a damn thing because I’m not an insufferable scold who believes the inconvenient mask on my face give me license to be a raging bitch.

We’ve become a nation of pliant, insufferable sheep.  Rather than pursue “herd immunity” we are fostering “herd mentality.”  But the sheep have no idea they’re sheep because they’re far too self-satisfied with their own goodness and virtue to notice.

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14 thoughts on “Masks: the accessory of choice for insufferable scolds

  • May 25, 2020 at 11:15 am
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    I live in PA. In my area of the state there was a school board member who posted on FB that she would shoot anyone without a mask because she considered them to be threatening her with death. Needless to say she resigned her position on the school board (she’s a MD). Her husband resigned his position as public defender because of the backlash of her comments. She’s a Democrat. Ran against Fred Keller and lost.

  • May 25, 2020 at 12:17 pm
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    Milano is not bright if she thinks a knitted mask woth holes will protect her.

    • May 26, 2020 at 8:32 pm
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      Or wearing one in your own car!

  • May 25, 2020 at 3:47 pm
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    It’s probably a good thing they aren’t mandatory here. I am reasonably certain anyone who got in my face yelling about a mask would get punched.

  • May 25, 2020 at 5:58 pm
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    Haven’t worn a mask yet, don’t plan on doing so. This mask thing isn’t about your health, and most of us know it. Around here roughly half the people don’t wear masks, while some still wear masks and gloves. They should probably wear a helmet, because I suspect their heads are quite soft. But cretins giving no-maskers the stink-eye are far and few between.

    • May 25, 2020 at 6:38 pm
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      I keep one in my car that I put on when I go into the grocery store, then it gets promptly removed when I exit the store. If Cuomo requires them when outside, I won’t comply. I find it really hard to breathe in the damn thing.

  • May 25, 2020 at 6:02 pm
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    Idiots in my supermarket are packaging each individual doughnut and pastry in it’s own plastic box. The sell how many of those every day? This after all the barking about plastic bags and straws, they do this.

  • May 25, 2020 at 7:11 pm
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    If you wear a mask or not it’s no skin off my arse. This attitude will pass and Alyssa Milano will still be bitching about something else.

  • May 25, 2020 at 8:04 pm
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    I have a doctor’s appt in late June and I need lab work done. I can’t. Because of the ‘rona rules and the Korona Karens who perpetuate the stupidity.
    I’m itching to file attempted murder charges on somebody right now.

    • May 25, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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      I haven’t had my kidney and liver function tests that were due in mid-April. Because tele-health may be nifty, but it can’t draw blood. So I’m right there with ya.

  • May 25, 2020 at 8:47 pm
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    If Leftists can’t ‘virtue preen’ what’s left? Uh…sobbing about racism and fairness (lack of)? How about The old stand-by Diversity (in things that don’t matter)? We want our GlobalClimateWarmingChange back. Where’s twisted little Greta? Where’s my safe space? I’m feeling very anxious.

  • May 29, 2020 at 2:04 pm
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    Not to nitpick, but it’s “virtuous” , not “virutuous”. Otherwise, thumbs up!

    • May 29, 2020 at 2:37 pm
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      Dear Lord. I didn’t even notice that. I have dutifully corrected it.

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