Academy Award-winning actress Tilda Swinton became the latest Hollywood celebrity to denounce COVID protocols, declaring herself “very healthy” after more than one bout with the virus most now agree escaped from a Chinese lab — in Jan. 2022, Swinton spoke with W Magazine about her struggles with long COVID and how she was having trouble remembering lines.
Swinton was speaking at South by Southwest in Austin, ahead of the premiere of her new film “Problemista,” when she took note that no one in the audience was wearing a mask and how odd that would have been not too long ago, according to Variety.
“Look at you, I bet you none of you are wearing masks, as well. I mean, who knew that was gonna be possible,” she asked. “I mean, in Texas did people wear masks? I have to ask.”
“I’m actually just about to start shooting a picture in Ireland. And I was told, full disclosure, and I’m sure this is being recorded – people in Ireland might hear it – to wear a mask at all times,” Swinton added. “And I’m not wearing a mask because I’m super healthy and I’ve had COVID so many times and I’m so full of antibodies … and I have faith.”
Actor Woody Harrelson really got things rolling when it comes to doing away with COVID protocols in Hollywood when he mocked vaccines during his “Saturday Night Live” monologue.
He would later double down on his stance during an interview with The New York Times.
“I don’t think that anybody should have the right to demand that you’re forced to do the testing, forced to wear the mask and forced to get vaccinated three years on. I’m just like, let’s be done with this nonsense,” he said. “It’s not fair to the crews. I don’t have to wear the mask. Why should they? Why should they have to be vaccinated? How’s that not up to the individual?”
Harrelson got a major boost when another A-list actor, Tim Robbins, of “Shawshank Redemption” fame, tweeted, “Woody is right. Time to end this charade.”
In a December interview with Russel Brand, Robbins charged that “Orwellian” COVID protocols were based on politics, not science.
‘Time to end this charade’: Actor Tim Robbins comes out in support of Woody Harrelson https://t.co/1HIEAFS6QD pic.twitter.com/lYlmWoZCPZ
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 4, 2023
“We became aware of the idea that the vaccinated could spread [the virus] and catch it like the unvaccinated … to continue the policy of lockdowns or mandates after that didn’t seem to be following the science,” he said. “It was following a political agenda. That’s where I really started to have problems with it.”
SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher applauded Disney back in November for lifting vaccine mandates for a dozen of its television productions, according to The Wrap.
“To think that every human on the planet can take one vaccine is ludicrous and to make that one vaccine the criteria for who is allowed work, travel, dine go to theater, etc. is an infringement on the Disabilities Act, the Freedom of Religion Act and body sovereignty,” Drescher said at the time.
Here are but a few responses to the story from Twitter:
Tilda Swinton: I’m perfectly healthy after multiple COVID infections & refuse to wear a mask on set
Also Tilda Swinton: I have long COVID & can’t remember my lines (or apparently, anything else) pic.twitter.com/BhzHr0bk0e
— Dr. Genevieve Eastabrook MD FRCSC (she/her) (@placentadoc) March 14, 2023
Tilda Swinton opened her appearance at SXSW saying she was glad audience members didn’t have to wear masks anymore. Later she said, “I’m about to shoot a picture in Ireland. I was told to wear a mask at all times, and I’m not.” Didn’t realize Swinton had any medical credentials.
— Marjorie Morningstar (@hopelikehell) March 13, 2023
Tilda Swinton is probably saying this because she’s been wearing a mask AND she’s had Covid over and over. Tilda has realized that masks don’t work.
— Marly Varela (@marlygirly) March 14, 2023
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