Ah, the wonderful kind of people who believe that complying with laws and regulations is basically an infringement of their rights. They might support the need for "law and order" in other cases, but not when it comes to masks! They're dangerous, unnecessary, and basically just another way to control you, you mindless sheep!
All jokes (that aren't that funny anymore) aside, it probably won't come as a surprise to learn that anti-maskers have found a new way to anti-mask. Some people who previously refused to wear facial coverings are apparently resorting to wearing "breathable" masks, or, in other words—masks that offer no actual protection from the virus.
"While there are counties requiring masks in public; NO law requires a specific type or particulate rating of mask," one Twitter user wrote on their social media account. "The general public are making their own masks including open mesh. No fines have been issued while wearing them in public. This is about compliance, not safety," the person boasted about finding the loophole.
The "breathable" masks, which are made from mesh, tulle, or other porous materials, are being sold on websites such as Etsy. For this reason, many people were angered about such designs being sold by businesses. "Etsy is just blatantly allowing people to sell mesh face masks," one woman tweeted. "Spread the word, this [crap] shouldn't be allowed and they are just letting it happen," they continued. However, despite the public viral tweets and posts, the mesh masks are still available to buy on the website. In a statement sent to the news outlet Insider, an Etsy representative said that the company is trying to "actively review and remove items that violate" its policies.
Nonetheless, customers who actually bought the ineffective masks seem to love them! "Love it! No mask shame wearing these," one buyer reviewed the product upon sharing a selfie with a see-through face mask made from tulle. Scroll down below to see more of these specimens and tell us what you think about them in the comment section!
"This mask was designed with the idea to help children with special needs such as autism be able to breathe while complying with mask requirements. This mask also helps women with trauma from rape and violence be able to comply without having an anxiety attack," the Etsy store NoveltyFaceMask explains the concept behind their product design. Luckily, they add that "there are no claims that these face masks protect against the transmissions of disease, virus, or bacteria. Wear at your own risk."
The seller of mesh masks SHOEHANDY kindly informs: "The mesh masks without lining should be worn over a solid fabric or disposable mask for protection out in public." However, it seems as if the majority of people did not get the memo, as they're proudly posting selfies with their new, colorful masks.
An Etsy shop named ProcraftinatingCassy openly explains who their target audience is: "Face covering is not intended to prevent a virus of any kind, it is for those with a sense of humor, those who don't agree with the mask order, and our fellow rebels at heart. If this listing offends you, don't purchase anything... duh."
In a now-viral tweet, Twitter user Emma hypothetically asks "how are Americans this embarrassing" upon sharing 4 screenshots of reviews of "breathable" face masks. The tweet has now amassed more than 340k likes and over 65k retweets in just a couple of days.
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