MSNBC Reporter Heckled by Hostile Arizona Trump Supporters About the ‘COVID-1984 Bullsh*t’ — WATCH


MSNBC’s Vaughn Hillyard attempted to interview some Trump supporters camped out for the president’s rally at a Phoenix megachurch about why they did not want to wear masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic which is now hitting Arizona particularly hard. It didn’t go well.

Said one woman: “It’s not about the mask. It’s about the hypocrisy that it’s okay for tens of thousands of people to go and riot, to go and protest, but you cannot have a group of a group of a thousand or I don’t know how many people are here, this is not okay?”

Another Trump supporter leaned in: “Why don’t you cover the protesters and ask why they aren’t wearing a mask? … Why isn’t the liberal news media focusing on them not wearing a mask?”

When Hillyard asked the woman if she had heard about a special air ionization system the megachurch said it had developed and installed that it claimed would kill 99.9 percent of the coronavirus, another man interjected, “You talkin’ about that COVID-1984 bullsh*t?”

Hillyard then cut back to the news desk.

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Gay Crowd Outside NYC Hell’s Kitchen Hotspot Slammed for Not Distancing or Wearing Masks on Eve of Phase 1 COVID-19 Reopening

A photo of a crowd packed together outside bars in the NYC gayborhood of Hell’s Kitchen went viral on Sunday as few patrons were seen wearing masks or implementing proper distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. New York City began its phase 1 reopening on Monday.

Wrote Stephen James Markey, a nurse case manager, on Facebook, who shared a photo: “It’s called a mask gays … They ain’t asking you to wear a condom 🤦🏼‍♂️ Slap in the face to all healthcare workers and defiance of law. Reason why you won’t progress to Phase 2 right here.”

Other Facebook commenters, some of whom said they witnessed the scene, expressed their anger.

“I’ve been to or walked by that intersection 3 times in the last month and it is EXACTLY what you see in this photo. I felt like the only person in a mask,” said one commenter.

Wrote another commenter: “I live near it too. I go for a walk daily and usually not many people are around. Today was this! I was so f**king annoyed with everyone. I was literally the nutbag screaming “WHERE ARE YOUR F**KING MASKS?!” to people. Everyone was looking at me like I was the crazy one.”

Another commenter, wrote, “This disgusts me.”

Another added: “Why have I been sitting alone in my apartment for three months, only seeing a friend or two like once a week out in the park, if these guys are just going to blow it in the end?”

“Walked by this on Saturday too. Exactly what it looks like. Went from a protest where like 95% of people were wearing masks to this HK ‘block party’ where maybe 5% of people were wearing masks. Have to push through masses of maskless gays like it’s Times Sq,” said another.

Matthew Neff published a video of the same area, writing, “What the f**k is wrong with these people in Hells Kitchen? This stupidity happened on 9th avenue today. Was the end of the pandemic announced? Did the vaccine arrive and I didn’t get the iPhone alert? Governor Andrew Cuomo’s mask order says that anyone who is out in public New York and is unable to maintain social distance must wear a mask or a face covering over their mouth and nose. I dont see masks. I even see people meeting and shaking hands.”

“Many of us (including myself) don’t get to go back to work until Phase 4 of reopening,” Neff added. “If we let people act this carelessly without repercussions we aren’t going to go back to work for a long long long time.”

Longtime activist David Mixner, who lives in the area, shared the photo and expressed his rage in all caps: “THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS! EVEN IF THEY DON’T CARE FOR THEIR OWN HEALTH, I WISH THEY CARED FOR MINE.”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told New Yorkers on Monday that they needed to “stay smart” as the reopening begins. He pointed out that California, Florida, Texas and Arizona have all seen spikes in COVID-19 infection rates.

Said Cuomo: “Look at the reopening date and look at when what happened after they reopened. That is the cautionary tale, my friends. You have to stay smart after the opening because if you don’t, you can see a spike. That is the last thing that we want to see.”

The NYT reports: “Though the virus remains a threat, new infections have fallen to about 500 a day, or roughly half the number from just weeks ago. City and state officials have significantly expanded testing, and hope that newly hired contact tracers — who have been charged with tracking the disease’s spread from person to person — can isolate the virus before it can resurge.”

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Two Weeks After Residents Flooded Bars, Wisconsin Sees Record Number of COVID-19 Cases, Deaths


Two weeks after the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ stay-at-home order, the state saw a record number of COVID-19 deaths and new cases on Wednesday.

The court’s May 13 decision prompted residents to flood bars — with many not wearing masks or social distancing — after the Tavern League of Wisconsin instructed members to feel free to “OPEN IMMEDIATELY!” 

“We’re going to have more cases, we’re going to have more deaths, and it’s a sad occasion for the state,” Evers told MSNBC in response to the court’s decision.  “We’re the Wild West. There are no rules, no regulations.”

Yahoo News reports: The state reported 599 new known COVID-19 cases on Wednesday with 22 known deaths, according to Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services, the highest recorded daily rise since the pandemic began there. … The previous record in new coronavirus cases was 528 the week prior. … Some local officials, including those in Milwaukee and Madison, have since instituted their own regulations.

More from ABC 9: State health officials said it was not clear if the stay home order being overturned on May 13 caused the spike in cases. Gov. Tony Evers said Wednesday he cannot issue a mandate, but he can issue a plea: “One of the most important things you can do to help others is to wear a mask or other face covering in public. Wearing a mask shouldn’t be a political statement. It isn’t controversial, and it’s not hard to do,” he said.

NBC 15 notes that the trend continued with the release of Thursday’s data.

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Beachgoing Alabamans on Ignoring COVID-19 Guidance: ‘I Don’t Wanna Die But if That’s What God Has in Store Then That’s Okay’ — WATCH


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CNN’s Gary Tuchman hit the beach towns of Alabama to ask holiday sunbathers, none of whom were wearing masks or practicing social distancing, their thoughts about the COVID-19 crisis.

“I’m just here just to have fun and meet everybody and be cool,” said one young man. “When it’s my time to go, it’s just my time to go.”

“Everybody’s gotta [die] somehow. I don’t wanna die but if that’s what God has in store for my life then that’s okay,” said a 21-year-old woman.

Said another young man: “My family has the same mindset as me. We kind of just agreed that if we get it we get it. We’re gonna handle it as a family and just get over it because that’s what a family does.”

“Just like the flu, right,” said one woman. “People die from the flu also.”

“We’re all gonna get sick from something eventually,” said one man on his decision to forgo a mask.

“If [Trump’s] not wearing a mask, I’m not gonna wear a mask,” another man told Tuchman. “If he’s not worried, I’m not worried.”

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‘Schitt’s Creek’ Star Dan Levy: Think of Mask Wearing as ‘the Simplest, Easiest Act of Kindness You Can Do in a Day’ — WATCH


Schitt’s Creek actor and creator Dan Levy shared a recent Instagram video in which he expressed weariness at seeing people hostile about wearing masks because they see it as a clamp on their freedom.

“I’ve been seeing a lot of viral videos about people who are actively not wearing masks because they perceive it to be an infringement on their freedom,” Levy began. “And I suppose, in a way I can understand the frustration of being told what to do, which is why I would like to propose a re-contextualization of this whole thing.”

“Imagine seeing it not as an infringement on your freedom, but rather the simplest, easiest act of kindness that you can do in a day,” Levy suggested. “Not just for yourself, but for other people who might have autoimmune issues. People who, if they were to contract COVID with those issues might have some devastating repercussions.”

“If you have the freedom to leave your house, if you have the good health to leave your house, why not put on a mask, make it your good deed for the day and do something nice for yourself and other people,” he added.

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Faith No More’s Roddy Bottum and Boyfriend Joey Holman Debut New Single ‘Daddy’, a Celebration of Gay Love in Isolation — WATCH


Earlier this week, we reported that Faith No More keyboardist Roddy Bottum and his partner Joey Holman announced a new music project produced in isolation. Their musical duo, dubbed MAN ON MAN (“They’re gay lovers making gay music.”), has now released the first single, “Daddy”.

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Bottum told Rolling Stone: “We’re setting out ultimately to document this odd time in the history of the world and to address the importance of creativity and togetherness. The statement of the song and video for ‘Daddy’ maybe is a celebration of love in isolation and is a love letter to the not-so-distant past of a place and time where we communed physically together with our queer community.”

Bottum and Holman are quarantining in Oxnard, California, an hour north of L.A. They told Rolling Stone that they recorded everything in the house they’re staying in, and wore tights-whities in the clip to “represent a faction of our culture that isn’t squeaky and manicured.”

Bottum said the video came from a place of “positivity, productivity and optimism” in the face of the virus.

Bottum made headlines back in 1993 when he came out in an interview with the late Lance Loud in The Advocate, becoming one of the first out rock musicians.

Holman was in an alt-Christian band called Cool Hand Luke more than five years ago but quit it because “ultimately I was hiding a very important part of who I was, and that was painful … there was no room to be honest about who I was, because I knew speaking up for myself would mean the end of my career.”

Faith No More announced in November 2019 that they would be reuniting in 2020 for a European tour but that has been obviously postponed due to the pandemic.

Bottum gave an interview to Kerrang earlier this year in which he talked about the band reuniting: “I think the world needs a little provocation right now. It’s a kind of dark, dark place out there, and I think that bringing our craft and our musical exploration to the planet can only be a good thing. … It’s kind of been a long time in the making, honestly. I think all of us were at the point collectively where we felt like what we had done five years ago in reforming, and the subsequent recording and touring of that recording [the Sol Invictus album], was an unfinished task. There were places that we didn’t go, things we didn’t do, and ways that we would have liked to perform but hadn’t. The option to do it again was still there, but it kind of took us a while to get our head around how we wanted to do it, and what the impetus for going forward was.”

He also talked about coming out in ’93: “I certainly did feel that the rock community was a tolerant place when I came out. But the rock community was not why I made that gesture – in fact, it was the least of my worries. It was more important for me to make that statement and make that gesture for the gay community and for the unrecognised people of that time. Back then, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford wasn’t even out of the closet. My statement was a provocative statement for the straight world in general, but more important to me was the fact that it needed to be said for the gay community, for my community. It needed to be said, and to be heard as a way of signifying gratitude and compassion for my people.”

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Grindr, Tinder May Add ‘Digital Health Passports’ Saying Users are Coronavirus-Free


Grindr and Tinder are among dating apps that could soon add “digital health passports” allowing users in the UK to show they are coronavirus-free.

The Daily Mail reports: Manchester-based cyber firm VST Enterprises (VSTE), is pioneering technology which it says can be used to safeguard daters when coronavirus restrictions are eased. The company says it has been approached for its digital health passports by several leading dating app companies. … The technology would enable a doctor or nurse to upload the results of a government-approved Covid-19 test to the digital health passport. The digital health passport would then be linked to the user’s dating profile. The digital health passport would also feature a countdown ‘traffic light’ timer to highlight when the dater needs another test.

In addition to dating apps, the digital health passport technology could be used in a variety of other settings, including air travel and sports stadiums. The technology, known as Covi-pass, will initially be distributed to 15 countries, including the U.S.

The Verdict reports: These countries will include Italy, Portugal, France, Panama, India, the US, Canada, Sweden, Spain, South Africa, Mexico, United Arab Emirates and The Netherlands, with the goal of supplying 50 million digital health passports. The first passports will begin shipping from next week. … However, a significant shortage of coronavirus test kits could make testing a challenge. Nevertheless, VST believes the technology could be key to ending the lockdown. “We firmly believe that the digital health passport alongside government-approved testing kits is the key to removing the lockdown restrictions in a gradual and controlled way. The current technology being trialed using bluetooth and proximity apps is fundamentally flawed because of its privacy issues of real time tracking, the security and data breaches which we are already seeing and being reported and the reticence for citizens to uptake and download the tracing app,” said Louis-James Davis, CEO of VST Enterprises.

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Gay Adult Performer Under Fire After Attending Packed NYC Dance Party in Violation of COVID-19 Guidelines and Posting It on Instagram


A gay adult performer is being blasted on social media after photos and videos he had posted to his Instagram stories of a packed NYC dance party went viral. The party took place late Monday night into early Tuesday morning.

The NY Post reports: “Adult performer Ian Frost appeared to have deactivated his Instagram account as of Tuesday, but not before others shared footage they say he posted showing more than a dozen people crammed into an apartment for a raucous bash. The footage shared on social media showed a mostly shirtless crowd dancing together under strobe lights.”

Journalist Yashar Ali posted to Twitter: “In the middle of a pandemic, @IanFrostok thought it would be a good idea to post 51 Instagram stories (yes, 51) of a house party he went to last night and early this morning in NYC. So reckless. The DJ, DJ Alec Brian, has deactivated his Instagram. … This is how the party’s DJ, DJ Alec Brian, responded to a friend of mine. He says he had to take the paying gig to pay his rent (what about the rest of NYC and who paid him?) He added ‘by no means do I condon [Sic] or support social gatherings of this nature.’ This story keeps getting better and better! @IanFrostok did an interview about living in isolation! He certainly wasn’t living in isolation last night and early this morning!”

The DJ at the party, Alec Brian, wrote that he had done the party to pay his bills.

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In early April, Brian had advised people to stay home and have a “dance party for one.”

One Instagram user who had posted videos of the event to his story to scold the participants, commented, “the guy coughing on his HAND and then touching the guy he’s dancing with is the cherry on the corona cake. … a shitty recreation of the opening scene in The Normal Heart.”

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The NY Post adds: “The Big Apple remains under strict lockdown orders with gatherings of any size banned. Residents in New York must also remain six feet apart while in public — and any violations can come up with fines of up to $1,000.”

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‘People Are F*cking Dying!’ Twitter Slams NYC “Rona Rave” As Pandemic Rages Outside




Instagram videos showing what appears to be a group of several dozens New York City men throwing a private circuit-party-like house rave has gone viral on social media.

Twitter users dragged the “rona rave” attendees for potentially spreading the coronavirus to each other as city hospitals continue to battle the deadly pandemic.

“People are f*cking dying left and right and the gays are having full on house parties on a Monday night in NYC. JAIL,” wrote Twitter user Phillip Henry, who shared several clips from the party.



“I’m petty, so while they have deleted the entire story, trust and believe in a year I will bring this video right back up via ‘memories’ and tag everyone to remind them why things still haven’t fully recovered. I set a reminder through Siri,” Henry wrote in a subsequent tweet.

According to NYC Public Health’s lastest update on May 5, there were 171,723 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 43,383 hospitalizations and 13,724 confirmed deaths.

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