Speaking on ABC’s “The View,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg attacked HBO host Bill Maher for mocking what he called the “mask-paranoid world.” Goldberg snapped, “This is not something we’re doing because it’s sexually gratifying.” Co-host Sara Haines chimed in, “I think there’s a prudence we’ve learned with the mask,” adding, “I may never ride a subway again without a mask.”
Goldberg introduced a clip of Maher from his show saying, “Over the weekend Bill Maher made a case for people who are vaccinated, boosted, and had been following the rules since all of this started.”
The clip showed Maher asserting, “I don’t want to live in your paranoid world anymore, your mask-paranoid world. You know, you go out, it’s silly now. You mask; you have to have a card; you have to have a booster; they scan your head like you’re a cashier and I’m a bunch of bananas. I’m not bananas; you are.”
Goldberg ranted, “That’s not really funny to people who’ve lost their kids to this vaccine or people who have lost family members … listen, nobody on the planet really wants to go through this. This is not something we’re doing because it’s sexually gratifying. This is what we’re doing to protect our families. And you don’t have to do it, but stay away from everybody, because if you are the one who’s not paying attention and you’re coughing and sneezing, then stay out of the public, man. Nobody wants this. I don’t want it. And I think he’s forgetting people are still at risk who cannot get vaccinated, little kids under the age of five or people with health conditions. How dare you be so flippant, man?”
“I think there’s a prudence we’ve learned with the mask, with the hand sanitizing, that, kind of 9/11 with flying, is always going to be here now,” Haines opined. “There’s a new normal. In the beginning, at post 9/11, people didn’t want to fly, and the security measures felt like, ‘Uhhh … how do we do this?’ And now it’s the norm. I think some of the things we’ve learned in this pandemic are going to stay the same. I may never ride a subway again without a mask. I may never go indoors to big crowds and ever feel comfortable without a mask. And that’s up to me to do that.”
“What I think is changing, though, are some of the things that are happening in treating this virus as it is right now, as we did in 2020 and 2021, because this Omicron variant, one interesting statistic is: if you’re vaccinated and boosted, the deaths are now equal to the people dying of the flu each year,” Haines acknowledged. “So people who are vaccinated and boosted and are being prudent, we need to learn how to coexist with this lesser variant. Highly transmissible but much less severe.”
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