Reality television show star Mike Rowe gave an epic answer to a question on Facebook where he made it clear that he regretted ever supporting the call for lockdowns during the pandemic early on.
[W]hat are you waiting for? As you surely know, Delta is raging. The sooner we’re all vaccinated, the sooner we can get back to normal!” Steve Manchin asked Rowe on Facebook.
“The short answer is no – I have not publicly encouraged anyone to get vaccinated,” the former “Dirty Jobs” host answered.
“In fact, I have recently declined to participate in several PSA’s designed to persuade people to get the jab,” he informed Manchin. “That’s not because I’m opposed to vaccines, obviously. Vaccines have saved more lives than any other advancement in the long history of medicine, and to your point, I got the shots the minute I was eligible. But I’m not a doctor, Steve, and even though I occasionally play one on TV, I’m not inclined to dispense medical advice to the people on this page.”
“I did appear in a few PSA’s early on, back when they assured us that locking down was essential to keeping our hospitals from being overrun. ‘Two weeks to flatten the curve!’ Remember that one?” Rowe asked.
“That of course, turned out to be untrue, and I regret my role in helping perpetuate that particular falsehood. I also regret what I said during the first Zoom show to air in primetime. It was an episode of After the Catch, where I discussed the lockdowns with a few crab-boat captains. At one point, I looked into the camera lens on my computer and said, with uncharacteristic earnestness, ‘For the first time in a long time, it appears we’re all in the same boat,'” he recalled.
“Well, I was wrong about that, too. We were not in the same boat, not then or now. We were in the same storm, but our boats were very different. Some prospered during the lockdowns and rode out the gale in yachts and pleasure crafts. Others floundered and weathered the storm in rowboats and dinghies. Some had no boat at all and hung on for dear life to whatever flotsam and jetsam they could find,” Rowe posited.
“Point is, I said some things I regret back then, and spoke too broadly to too many. Thus, the only thing I’ll say now regarding the vaccine, is that there is risk in everything we do, and there is risk in everything we don’t do. Thus, there is risk in getting vaccinated, and there is risk in not getting vaccinated. Obviously, I made my decision, but again, I’m not a doctor. Thus, I am not equipped to answer questions like, ‘But Mike, if the vaccine is so safe, why hasn’t the FDA approved it?’ Or, ‘But Mike, if the vaccine is so effective, why is the government now treating us all as if we’re unvaccinated?'” he remarked.
Rowe went on to criticize California’s resurrected mask mandate by citing statistics. He was wholly unimpressed.
“According to the CDC, just one 1 in 27,000 vaccinated people have contracted it,” he declared. “That means if you’re vaccinated, you’re more likely to get struck by lightning than contract COVID. And yet, people are once again calling for more lockdowns, more restrictions, and more compliance from those who already got their shots.”
Rowe also tore into the media, politicians, and some medical experts over the whole pandemic mess.
“They’re always certain, usually wrong, incapable of shame, and utterly void of humility. Is it any wonder millions find them unpersuasive?” he pointed out.
Rowe concluded by demanding that the government provide a “steady flow of verifiable data that definitively proves that the vast, undeniable, overwhelming majority of people who get this disease are unvaccinated.”
“In other words, give us the facts, admit your mistakes, try on a bit of humility, and stop treating the unvaccinated like the enemy,” Rowe stated.
It should be noted that Rowe has always felt that long-term lockdowns were doomed to backfire and fail. He just regrets ever supporting lockdowns in the first place.
Rowe found a lot of support for his opinion and mea culpa on social media:
Takes courage and humility to admit when you were wrong, especially as far too many are doubling down.
— Bryan Ziegler (@OnOffSwtch) August 6, 2021
Mike Rowe: common sense defined.
— Marybeth McLaughlin (@marybeth5025) August 6, 2021
I love Mike Rowe. Just such a good, good, solid person. https://t.co/Ziy7KDJaSS
— RocknRollMom6 🇺🇸 (@RockNRollMom6) August 5, 2021
@mikeroweworks speaks what a lot of people are thinking when it comes to the jab. We need trust. This is well thought out.https://t.co/oVTwXv3sY3
— Gina Lockhart (@GinaLockhart) August 6, 2021
Love me some Mike Rowe! He's a bad mf'er (in a good way). https://t.co/9NxnUi7WNt
— Daniel (@DimebagFerrel) August 5, 2021
I love Mike Rowe, and wish I could like this post 1,000 times. https://t.co/qNJkKwuZ1c
— Happily Small Town Chloe (@ChloeChloeChl19) August 5, 2021
Love Mike Rowe. If there’s such a thing as too much common sense, he’s it. https://t.co/nmRt52s52T
— Kelly (@kellyi1107) August 5, 2021
Mike Rowe is a national treasure.
— Katie Ann (@OKatie_Ann) August 6, 2021
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