Paul Rudd made a PSA asking ‘fellow millennials’ and young people to wear a mask. Many people responded to the video calling Rudd ‘hilarious’.
After watching the video, I think we can all agree.
Actor, Paul Rudd, tried to appeal to young people by explaining to them the importance of wearing a mask in a way that they would understand. He used language that is known to be frequently used with the younger generation.
He starts by saying, “Yo what up dogs Paul Rudd here actor and certified young person. A few days ago, I was talking on the iPhone with my homie Governor Cuomo and he’s just going off about how us millennials need to wear masks because get this apparently a lot of COVID is transferred from us millennials.”
The CDC recommends that people wear masks not only to protect themselves but others as well. Specifically, it is suggested that anyone two years or older should wear a mask. Although it varies, many states have mandated the use of masks. And even a state has not mandated masks to be worn, places of business have taken it upon themselves to require masks.
Rudd continued, “Yas queens like ourselves we want to go to bars, we want to drink, hook up, do our TikToks. I get it. I’m not gonna preach at you like some celebrity, blehh. This is a convo where I talk and you shut up and wear your mask.”
Celebrities quickly shared the video applauding Rudd for his message.
Real talk: listen to this Regular-Sized Man. Paul Rudd is right about continuing on wearing masks. Vibe check your friends and family if they aren’t 😷 pic.twitter.com/L4Gigfp1qZ
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) September 15, 2020
I hope Paul Rudd never dies https://t.co/R6MpKumPoD
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) September 15, 2020
— Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) September 15, 2020
Paul Rudd was right about Super Nintendo and he's never led me astray since. pic.twitter.com/HK1LnfbH6C
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) September 15, 2020
Rudd’s PSA did receive some backlash for the way it presents the younger generation. This user particularly felt annoyed with the video.
I can't find the Paul Rudd mask video charming, when it's based on the premise young people are being irresponsible, and not facing financial security that forces them into riskier environments due to work. How is every ostensibly fun thing now, in fact, profoundly irritating
— reddit front page jerk (@rajandelman) September 15, 2020
But overall, most people found it to be quite entertaining.
Paul Rudd saying the words “what about a save grandma challenge?” While simultaneously doing an imaginary tik tok dance is my new favorite 2020 moment. The bar is really low, but still.
— Aidan Marion (@MarionAidan) September 14, 2020
Governor Cuomo stated, “This nation is still battling the Covid-19 pandemic and young people are not immune from it.” Cuomo continued by stressing the importance of the message. “We all need to do our part and wear a mask. Thanks to Paul Rudd for helping us spread this crucial message and reach young people like him.”
Mask Up America has come out with many ads for the mask campaign. Another one featured celebrities like Robert De Niro.
Rudd finishes the video telling viewers that he shouldn’t have to make it fun for people to understand. “Just wear a mask. It’s easy. It’s simple, please. It’s not hard people are dying. Hundreds of thousands of people are dying and it’s preventable. It’s preventable! Just wear a mask. I shouldn’t have to make it fun. It’s science.”
The Mask Debate
There are many reasons why people choose whether or not to wear a mask. People have involved things like politics and religion for reasons as to why they will not wear one. Other reasons like discomfort or the belief that it does not do anything to protect you has also been used.
‘Karens’ are often the ones posted to social media for refusing to put on a mask to do things like enter a store. A video was posted to Reddit on Tuesday showing a group of anti-maskers storming through a Target in South Florida.
The group had no masks and yelled at other shoppers to take theirs off. They came in the store chanting, “Take it off, take off your mask.”
Florida had a major spike in cases over the summer with over 10,000 deaths. The sunshine state does not currently have any travel restrictions in place. Although, health officials do advise people to wear masks.
They shouted throughout the entire store saying, “We’re not gonna take it anymore.” Many people on Reddit were not surprised that this took place in Florida. Some comments pointing out that many of the protestors were wearing ‘Make America Great Again’ clothing.
The video made some users uncomfortable. Pointing out this incident as one reasons why they don’t want to leave their house.
These people are the reason I can't go anywhere. I have an autoimmune disease, so I have to be extra careful through this pandemic. Because of others' ignorance, the way I live my life has been completely altered for the foreseeable future.
— Kristie B. (@GraphixChic) September 16, 2020
Another person shared a picture of the travel bans placed this summer.
This is why we can't have nice things. This is why most of the world's countries have banned travel from this country. pic.twitter.com/rnnt4TPCRT
— Lisa Lee (@ldcl35) September 16, 2020
This user asked his followers which side they are on. Mask or no mask? He explained what each side meant in his eyes.
Yes, America is divided…on masks of all things. Which one are you?
Team NO MASK: me me me American (ie. Trump, Karens & Kens, conspiracies, super spreaders)
Team MASK: we the people American (ie. law abiding, orderly, ‘for all,’ science data driven) #TrumpVirus
— CK14 (@palazzo214) September 16, 2020
Another anti-mask incident was caught on video the following day. The video showed a couple not wearing a mask in Walmart. Two people were recording the couple not wearing masks which made the couple angry. The woman called out for security, while the husband told them to go away. He said, “We’re from Washington. We don’t have COVID.”
It was Target yesterday.
It’s Walmart today…pic.twitter.com/ie7s2Ztnev
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) September 16, 2020
One user was questioning Walmart’s policy about wearing masks.
I thought it was Walmart's policy that all must wear a mask in their stores. Why was the clerk letting the bullies stay and be abusive but want the woman in a mask to move somewhere else? The clerk is rewarding the bullies while punishing the person following the rules. Why?
— 🌈💜Debbie / Doe💜🌈 (@SeriousMommaDoe) September 16, 2020
This woman feels ashamed to say she’s an American.
I am so ashamed to say that I am an American.
— Snitty Shainzona (@coyotecreek158) September 17, 2020
The video caused debate amongst users about the usage of masks when people have medical conditions that may prevent them from wearing them.
Yes but there are some people who can't because of medical conditions, so that automatically opens you to a potential lawsuit over not complying with the ADA These people don't seem to have medical issues though
— Faux George McCaskey (@FauxMcCaskey) September 17, 2020
If you have a med condition that you can’t wear a mask then you use curbside pickup option!
When I shop at Target they announce it many times.
Target reminds guests they must be wearing a face covering the whole time & if you can’t they invite you to use free curbside pickup.
— YouAreTooFunny (@everbodyBlocksU) September 17, 2020
There is no medical condition that doesn’t allow you to wear a mask unless you are on oxygen…if you have a medical condition the safe place for you is NOT in Target, Walmart, Oublix, etc
— Tiredofthedrama (@annedirn) September 17, 2020
‘Karens’ not wearing masks frequently show up on social media and they all share similar points of views on the subject. Many of these videos show people getting very angry and aggressive when asked to wear a mask or to wear one properly.
An essential worker in Palm Beach even went as far as to tell Palm Beach commissioners she hasn’t worn a mask since the pandemic started.
What do you think? Do you think Paul Rudd’s PSA will help the younger generations wear a mask?