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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.
What if I told you the biggest indicator of how long you’re going to live is your zip code? #TheColorOfCare chronicles how people of color suffer from systemically substandard healthcare in the United States and how COVID-19 exposed the tragic consequences of these inequities. pic.twitter.com/uDe64Z8HvW
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) April 30, 2022
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.
Oprah calls out bestie Gayle King for not completing her personal COVID ‘policy’ before celebration https://t.co/CjG9aDjkBs
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) December 29, 2021
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:
Wear your mask in your private plane & mansion if you’re scared.
The rest of us want to LIVE & BREATHE!! https://t.co/ankftvEqbx
— Rachel Campos-Duffy (@RCamposDuffy) May 1, 2022
Oprah bragged about staying home for 322 consecutive days and never leaving her house once during the pandemic. Yeah, sounds like a really difficult thing to do in a mansion with a whole staff of employees waiting on you hand and foot.
— Gina Bontempo (@FlorioGina) April 29, 2022
She has a private jet. Stop listening to these elites. You think she’s flying commercial when she’s a billionaire?! Don’t be a dunce and fall for her bs.
— Denize Collinz (@CollinzDenize) May 1, 2022
Sadly, since the interview with Haz and Megs when Oprah didn’t fact check anything her judgement re masks has no credibility. Perhaps she should wear a mask in the studio or all the time.
— Phil Soskin (@phil_soskin) May 1, 2022
— Adriana Stubbs (@adriana_s1970) May 1, 2022
When does Oprah travel Commercial? Doesn’t she own a private plane. If she does, I’m sure it’s cleaned prior to her arrival
— Rose (@Rose65349610) May 1, 2022
Oprah is on virtue signaling how she made sacrifices during covid to save others. She stayed home for a year suffering in her 39 room mansion. She barely had enough servants to broil her lobsters. Rich folks lecturing poor folks
— USA Trump Man 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@USATRUMPMAN1) April 30, 2022
Why is this news? A person decides they want to wear a mask indefinitely, so what? Stop trying to create controversy and division. Masks are not a political instrument.
— OG Hedgie (@OGHedged) May 1, 2022
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