Maskless man gets in nasty shoutout with woman on NY subway: ‘I respect freedom!’

A maskless man on a New York subway was called out by an elderly woman for not wearing a mask and got in her face for it, telling her that he respects freedom after she told him to respect his elders.

Although a number of outlets lined up to call the man a bully, others thought he was taking a principled stand against mask mandates. The man was inarguably rude, but the same can be said for the woman who said she hopes he gets fined for not wearing a mask. It should be noted that this man was not the only one on the subway that wasn’t wearing a mask.

After the woman said, “I wish the police would come and give you a $50 fine,” he aggressively leaned over her and mockingly squealed, “I’m so afraid!”

The woman said, “Please get away from me, sir.”

At that point, the man started pumping his fist and declaring “1776! 1776! 1776!” in reference to the year America was founded.

“Respect your elders!” the woman snapped back at him. He replied in turn, “I respect freedom!”

He was confronted for giving as good as he got from the woman and for disrespecting his elders. “Do you know what I respect?” the maskless man asked the person recording the video who was the one who called him on it.

“I respect freedom,” he stated again.

Then he told the recorder to “take a seat.”

“Sit down. Sit the f*** down,” he told the person while staring them down.

“That’s right,” he concludes as the video ends.

The person who took the video originally posted it on Instagram, stating, “Yo! We need to find out who this guy is. Today I witnessed him bullying and harassing an elderly woman just for wearing a mask on the #subway. After I recorded this video he literally gave me a death threat #unhinged #antimasker #fascist #antivaxxer.”

According to the Upper East Site, the man had just left an anti-vaccination march on the Upper East Side at Gracie Mansion when he took the Subway early Sunday evening.

New York requires that passengers wear masks on public transit or be fined $50 for it.

MTA Acting Chairman Janno Lieber said that individuals riding the subway need to treat each other with respect during a press conference according to the New York Post.

“This is outrageous; number one the guy’s a jerk. Every New Yorker who gets on the subway knows that one of the first principles is, you treat other people respectfully and this is an incredible egregious violation of basic human decency and respect,” he remarked. But he didn’t address the lack of respect the woman showed the man in the first place.

Lieber now intends to push for masking compliance on the transit system which implies some sort of security presence along with fines.

“We’ve had great success with mask compliance. We’re going to make sure that mask compliance happens. We’re not going to yield any ground to people who want to bring whatever political ideology or theory they have,” he asserted. “We’re going to continue to aggressively encourage and make sure people wear masks for science reasons but also out of respect for each other.”

The MTA’s most recent survey of subway mask usage, which was conducted between July 26 to Aug. 6, found that 14 percent of riders were going maskless which is up from just 2 percent in surveys conducted back in March, April, and May.

The unmasked man was the subject of intense hatred on social media. He was doxxed and threatened repeatedly:


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