Arnold Schwarzenegger, actor/bodybuilder, and former California Republican governor has a message for anti-mask Americans: “Screw your freedom.”
Anti-mask Americans: Screw Your Freedom!
In a YouTube video released Wednesday, Schwarzenegger sent Americans an appeal to help prevent the spread of coronavirus further. “There is a virus here. It kills people, and the only way we prevent it is to get vaccinated, get masks, do social distancing, washing your hands all the time, and not just think about, ‘Well, my freedom is being kind of disturbed here.’ No, screw your freedom,” Schwarzenegger said in a video posted Wednesday.
He also told viewers that you’re schmuck if you oppose wearing masks. Wearing one during the pandemic is not about freedom as it is about staying safe. He expounded that talking about freedom should include responsibilities.
“Because with freedom comes obligations and responsibilities,” the 74-year old Republican said. “We cannot just say, ‘I have the right to do X, Y and Z.’ When you affect other people, that is when it gets serious.”
Your Actions Affect Others
The former governor said that Americans shouldn’t think their actions don’t affect others. “A year and a half later, we are still in a mess and there are still people living in denial, there are still people that don’t believe in masks, there are still people out there who say, ‘Well, we don’t have to do social distancing,‘ and all this kind of stuff,” he said.
“I just think that people ought to be reminded over and over that the experts are saying that we have to wear masks, especially when you go indoors, the experts are saying that you should still wash your hands regularly, you should still do social distancing, especially now with this new comeback of the virus, which is the fourth round now, that we have to really go and work together,” Schwarzenegger added.
Biceps, Viruses, and Obeying Traffic Laws
Schwarzenegger said that Americans should listen to experts instead of anybody else. “Look, I am an expert on how to build a bicep…there’s no one who knows more about a bicep than I do because I studied this issue for 50 years. And the same is also with the virus.
There are people out there who are experts that studied this year after year after year…Dr. [Anthony] Fauci [has studied viruses] for his entire life, why would you not believe someone like that?”
In addition, the star of the movie ‘Terminator’ said that opposing mask mandates is similar to disregarding traffic laws. “You cannot say, ‘No one is going to tell me that I’m going to stop here, that I have to stop at this traffic light here. I’m going to go right through it.’ Then you kill someone else, and then it is your doing,” he said.
“This is the same thing with the virus. You cannot go not put the mask on because when you breathe, you can infect someone else. And you can infect someone that then gets sick and may die.”
The vocal Republican stalwart is busy promoting social distancing and addressing COVID-19 vaccine misinformation. Earlier in January, he posted a video of himself receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. This week, he told Americans to “screw your freedom” and then proceeded to ask them to work together. He said that it’s “the only way we can lick this virus.”
“Yeah, you have the freedom to wear no mask. But you know something, you’re a schmuck for not wearing a mask because you’re supposed to protect the fellow members around you,” Schwarzenegger said. “I don’t want to villainize anyone here but I just wanted to tell everyone, let’s work together and let’s stop fighting because there is a virus, and it’s better to get vaccinated [and] to wear a mask.”
Watch former California governor and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s latest YouTube video, including his message that “with freedom comes responsibility.”
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