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Reality TV star Gia Gunn, noted for her appearances on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and similar programs, said the COVID-19 pandemic is nothing but “a hoax.”
“I think the whole mask thing is f**king ridiculous,” the 30-year old reality star, whose full name is Gia Keitaro Ichikawa, said in an Instagram clip. “I honestly think this whole COVID-19 thing is a hoax.”
Here’s Gia Gunn on IG Live sharing that she thinks “this whole COVID-19 thing is a hoax.”
— Ξvan Ross Katz (@evanrosskatz) June 26, 2020
“I think everybody who is, you know, taking precautions is cute and it’s definitely the thing to do, but I also think a lot of people are brainwashed,” Gunn continued.
“I think the more and more that we look around and see each other with masks on, the more influenced we are going to be to also put our masks on, which then to me, insinuates that everything is not okay,” the reality star said.
“I’m here to tell you guys that I think things are more okay than the government is allowing you to think,” Gunn noted further.
Gunn found notoriety after competing during Season 6 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Season 2 of “The Switch Drag Race,” and Season 4 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars,” Page Six noted.
As of this writing, there have been more than 2.55 million documented cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 in the United States alone, resulting nearly 128,000 deaths, though the official death rate has been thrown into doubt by a questionable Centers for Disease Control and Prevention policy regarding how to determine them.
In May, sources within the Trump administration reported that Dr. Deborah Birx, a ranking member of the White House’s coronavirus task force, said, “There is nothing from the CDC that I can trust.”
In any event, it appears obvious is that the disease is real, which led to Gunn’s claims being widely panned on social media and in traditional media.
“‘Drag Race’ Star Gia Gunn Calls COVID-19 A Hoax, Because Stupidity Is Apparently Contagious,” said a headline at the entertainment news site Pedestrian.
“This is classic Gia Gunn obliviousness, and would probably be funny were it not for the fact that COVID-19 has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, nearly a quarter of them in the US,” the site observed.
Fellow drag queen contestants also called her out.
“please @GiaGunn put on your stupid mask and let it be a reminder to not open your mouth when trying to influence your followers to practice the same unsafe actions you feel entitled to. people are still dying. be grateful its not you or I right now,” Aquaria — the Season 10 winner of RuPaul’s show — wrote.
— Victor Rolim (@victorrolim_) June 26, 2020
Out Magazine added:
“I think the more and more and more that we look around and see each other with masks on, the more influenced that we are going to be to also put our masks on,” Gunn continued in the clip. ” Which then, to me, insinuates to me that things are not okay.”
Well yes, that’s how social cues work; the group does a thing and that encourages others within the group to follow suit. Not sure if that’s a bad idea when we’re all just trying to save lives.
The outlet also blasted President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for not wearing masks and for advocating on behalf of reopening the country sooner.
“But you know, if that’s the side you want to be on … have at it!” the magazine noted.
Gunn eventually got the message and apologized for her post.
“There are no excuses, it’s time for us to do better and myself included,” the reality star wrote on Twitter with an accompanying mea culpa video.
— Gia Gunn (@GiaGunn) June 26, 2020
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