Have you ever heard of a faux mask? The ‘Summertime Sadness’ queen herself, Lana Del Rey, was caught pulling a Karen this past weekend while wearing one. She was spotted wearing, quite possibly, the most pointless mask known to man–something out of the “How To Karen” book. Del Rey was at a book signing event in Los Angeles when she decided to sport a rather fashionable but irresponsible mask made of netting and mesh. The simple, sparkling champagne mask was a sight to behold, and stay 6-feet away from. Her decision caused a lot of controversy and the internet was upset. Twitter was quick to call out the irresponsible nature of the mask and hold Lana Del Rey as an example to other celebrities. People are worried this is more than a fashion mistake, but Lana Del Rey presenting herself as an…’Anti-Masker,’ and they are not ready to let go of their favorite singer yet.
Twitter obviously jumped on the news immediately and was quick to eat it up. Fans were feeling mixed emotions that were met with memes, song references, and sadness.
Lana Del Rey wearing a net mask during the Covid-19 pandemic because according to her: We were born to die. pic.twitter.com/zKczPVA1v2
— LDR FANPAGE (@lanasmysoulmate) October 3, 2020
Lana Del Rey is really wearing this mask at Barnes & Nobles during a pandemic & none of y’all want to criticize her?? pic.twitter.com/MIA10OZVWg
— … em … (@EmsBrainHurts) October 2, 2020
Lana del rey gonna be next door in that hospital with tr*mp if she keeps wearing that Cinderella costume mask
— R ｡◕ ✧☆ (@xxoorita) October 3, 2020
The coronavirus memes flooded the internet as well. How is a netted mask supposed to keep anything from spreading? Basic science here.
covid coming out of lana del rey’s mask: https://t.co/RyGF6TbEFR
— -adèle- (@biscreaming) October 3, 2020
covid running through Lana del Rey’s mask pic.twitter.com/vGai3lCZJ6
— limit era (@nickiluvsari) October 2, 2020
lana del rey shopping at the effective mask store pic.twitter.com/DDTGhS6Jpw
— nico 🍒 (@fkanico) October 3, 2020
COVID-19 entering lana del rey’s respiratory tract after she wore a mesh maskpic.twitter.com/0fMNSw4gDi
— M I A N G E L O ᵏᵖ⁵ (@doublemantra13) October 5, 2020
It is bad enough to expose yourself to COVID-19, but going as far as to expose your fans? That’s just cruel. People from all over Southern California, traveled and waited to see Lana Del Rey at the book signing only to be met by exposing themselves to the virus. Fans were not aware she was going to be sporting this mask, and after driving hours to see her, most were still going to get their pictures taken with the singer–This is not fair to anyone.
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) October 3, 2020
Apparently, the book signing got shut down by the health department when there were too many people in the store, and no one was staying six feet apart. Where were her and the store’s managers when this was all going down?
lana del rey drawing a crowd during a pandemic, with a book signing, and she's only wearing a fishnet mask… i cannot
— ✰ austin (@imaustinryan) October 2, 2020
The recklessness shown is astounding and people are disappointed, but not everyone.
On the other side of the argument is that fans knew the meet and greet was probably going to be filled with a large crowd, and they still chose to put themselves in danger.
Let me tell y’all something about Lana Del Rey mask and “keeping the people around her safe”. Fans went to a damn meet and greet full of people in the middle of a damn pandemic, I don’t think they even cared about their safety to begin with.
— Dearie (@thefandomistwo) October 6, 2020
Some Fans Threw Caution Out the Window
Some people just did not care all that much and were willing to expose themselves for the sake of meeting Lana. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for many to meet their favorite singer. Would you have gone?
YES lana del rey is wearing a mesh mask and YES i am still ubering 30 minutes to attempt to meet her pic.twitter.com/HX60H7LFmi
— ☆ fitz ☆ (@fitzofthefuture) October 2, 2020
Anyways, point is that the stars aligned for me and my friends that day. A random day for us being in LA trying to eat at 3 pm, our first meal of the day since the night before. And we got the opportunity to meet Lana Del Rey, we took the chance and ALMOST met her.
— uli (@longhaired_) October 5, 2020
Is She a Karen?
They were quick to compare the Lana Del Rey to the ‘Karens’ who go ignorant lengths to defy mask orders. The ‘Ultraviolence’ singer’s photos prove to be a little too close to the Karen pictures, as seen below:
Lana Del Rey wearing a face mask // a random Karen wearing a face mask pic.twitter.com/2qNeoPbBSw
— LG⁹¹¹ 〄 (@EnigmaticGaga) October 2, 2020
The next Lana del rey mask likepic.twitter.com/O8nngIDZgo
— ' (@legendaryadkins) October 3, 2020
QUICK GAME: Is this Lana Del Rey or an anti-mask Karen? pic.twitter.com/68jcnT8JTY
— Dennis Feitosa (@gowithdennis) October 3, 2020
✨normalize being a lana del rey stan during her karen era✨
— JJ (@meilinoee) October 7, 2020
someone come get karen del rey this is embarrassing https://t.co/kA7T0tv0CP
— ghost-cowbabey (@Hexvvitch) October 7, 2020
While some fans were disappointed by her choice, and the nature of the event, some fans were just disappointed they did not get to meet Lana Del Rey when the Health Department shut everything down.
Lead By Example
While you should not follow Lana’s lead, other celebrities have been great examples of how you should wear a mask, and they were pretty stylish too.
Look how cute Mindy Kaling looks in hers: I mean… “Fashion Show! Fashion Show!”
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My friend @toryburch said it best: #WearaDamnMask So many things right now can feel scary at times and out of our control. One thing I can control is to #WearaDamnMask whenever we are in public. Why do you #WearaDamnMask? I challenge @maitreyiramakrishnan @jarenlewison @darrenbarnet @poornagraphy_ @richamoorjani @leerodriguezz @ramonabishyoung to join me in getting this message out by posting a masked selfie and tagging others to do the same. And I invite every single one of you to help spread the word. Post a masked selfie with #WearADamnMask and then tag as many people as you can 💛
Would you look at that… over the nose!
EVEN THE QUEEN OF STICKING HER TONGUE OUT IS WEARING A MASK:
In conclusion, it really is not that hard to wear a mask and respect others during this pandemic. The quicker you cooperate, the sooner you don’t ever have to look at a mask again.
This should act a reminder that Coronavirus is a real and dangerous reality that we live in. According to the CDC, to avoid COVID-19, we should wash our hands regularly, wear masks, and stay 6-feet apart from one another. Avoid crowded environments, work from home when you can, and do not associate with those you do not regularly live with. For mask to be effective, it should be made out of a “tightly woven fabric” and worn over your mouth AND nose. This chic design that Lana wore was definitely not CDC recommended.
While you may not have symptoms of Coronavirus, you could spread the disease to others who could experience much worse symptoms leading to death. It is irresponsible to expose yourself and others for the sake of a picture. Be smart and do the right thing.