Late last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new recommendations calling on even Americans who are vaccinated for COVID-19 to resume wearing masks when in areas of “substantial or high transmission” of the disease.
While the mainstream media has been quick to demonize those who refuse to comply with this guidance, it seems the condemnation is selective: Little was said about video clips showing hundreds of people going unmasked at former President Barack Obama’s recent birthday party.
“It was epic”
According to Fox News, those in attendance included musicians Jay-Z and Beyoncé, actors Bradley Cooper and Tom Hanks, and comedian Steven Colbert.
Also there were rapper Trap Beckham and his manager TJ Chapman, both of whom posted images of the event to social media before being told to take them down.
“Had to delete everything due to the rules,” Beckham said later, according to the Post. “It was epic for sure. If any videos surface it’s going viral. He danced the whole time. Nobody ever seen Obama like this before.”
The pictures revealed a large crowd congregating under a tent — and no one appeared to be wearing a mask. Singer Erykah Badu also posted since-deleted video footage of herself dancing near the former president, with both individuals appearing unmasked.
Media stays silent
According to Fox, the apparent masklessness came despite the CDC having “designated several areas in Massachusetts, including Martha’s Vineyard, as an area with ‘high’ community transmission for COVID-19.”
Fox also noted in its report:
Although these photos emerged early Sunday morning, the image of the former president dancing maskless in a crowded tent was ignored by Sunday morning news programs and drew no outrage from major media pundits.
But while mainstream pundits may be staying silent, conservatives on Twitter didn’t hold back.
“You said goodbye to your dying mom over a Zoom call for the virus these people told you to worry about,” radio host Jesse Kelly wrote in a tweet that featured Badu’s video, as Fox reported.
You said goodbye to your dying mom over a Zoom call for the virus these people told you to worry about. https://t.co/LaG6gfFlBf
— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) August 8, 2021