Oprah to keep covering face after year-long isolation in $40M mansion, opposes ending mask mandate

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Oprah Winfrey, who is rich enough to fly private whenever and wherever she wants, claims that it is premature to end the mask mandate for plane travel.

The talk show host and media mogul, 68, who voluntarily isolated herself for almost a year during the pandemic told the Los Angeles Times in an article published on Friday that she will continue to mask up even when on the ground.

“I just heard today that masks are being taken off the planes and people cheering. Well, that will not be me. I personally think it’s too soon to be removing masks from planes. But that’s what people choose to do. And if I were on a commercial plane, I would be one of the people who would still be wearing my mask,” she explained.

“And I would be one of the people still wearing my masks in an enclosed building with people who I didn’t know if they were or were not vaccinated. But that is just me. And I certainly accept that there are other people who disagree. I’m OK with that as long as I can wear mine. And so people who look at me cross-eyed when I do, OK,” Winfrey added.

Trump-appointed, Tampa-based U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle struck down the CDC-imposed mask mandate on planes and for other forms of public transportation back on April 18 (so Oprah Winfrey may not have been keeping up all the news), ruling that the agency, as a matter of administrative law, exceeded its authority. The Biden administration plans to appeal.

People who prefer to go mask-free, moreover, don’t interfere with those who decide to continue to wear facial coverings.

As its executive producer, Winfrey is currently promoting a new documentary called “The Color of Care,” which chronicles alleged racial inequities in the healthcare delivery system, especially during COVID.

Winfrey, who as an estimated net worth of $3.5 billion, reportedly hunkered down in her $40 million Santa Barbara, Calif. mansion during the coronavirus surge.

“I’ve been so careful with myself that my own friends make fun of me. I didn’t leave home for 322 days — literally did not leave the house. So it has not been for me personally a heavy burden to bear,” she admitted.

The A-list luminary also admitted that she personally benefits from privilege via her celebrity status.

You get the doctor’s appointment. You don’t have to wait in line. You don’t have to deal with a lot of excess delays that other people have. And so I have lived this life of privilege and advantage, and then been exposed to the best of healthcare. I don’t normally get headaches, but if I get a headache I immediately think I have brain cancer. And so I’m now getting an MRI to get it checked out. And I can always get the MRI. Being exposed to what that kind of celebrity does when it comes to having access to what you need, I have a particularly strong empathy for people who can’t get it and don’t have it…I feel completely responsible for having created the life that I have and also equally grateful and blessed for it. But I understand that it is a very blessed and privileged life that gives you access to healthcare, access to whatever you need, in a way that many people do not.

Twitter is reacting to Oprah’s mask adherence. Here is a sample:


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