LL COOL J found himself at the mercy of Twitter after he fired off a controversial tweet on Monday night (November 16). The “Rock The Bells” mastermind had a simple question for all those people unwilling to wear a mask despite COVID-19 cases exploding in record numbers over the past couple of weeks.
“How can you be pro life but unwilling to wear a mask??” he asked.
How can you be pro life but unwilling to wear a mask ??
— LLCOOLJ (@llcoolj) November 17, 2020
Following the tweet, LL faced a cascade of polarizing comments including an answer to his question, “Cause we can’t breathe and we’re going to die wearing that mask” to which he said, “Well stay home and live.”
But some people were furious the Def Jam legend made the comparison at all with one Twitter user writing, “How do you compare deliberately killing a tiny human being to wearing a mask?”
LL’s tweet arrived after the Centers For Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) confirmed over 11 million positive coronavirus cases in the United States alone. According to NBC News, a record number of people have been hospitalized with the coronavirus and the U.S. could see 20 million cases by Christmas if the virus keeps infecting people at the current rate.
“The number of new cases for the three-week period ending Monday nearly doubled to 1.9 million from the previous 21-day tally of 1.07 million,” an NBC News analysis of the latest figures showed. “By November 30, if this trend continues, the U.S. could have 13.6 million cases and by December 21, that number at the current rate could climb to 19.9 million.”
Some people think LL has a point, but others aren’t so sure. Check out some of the reactions below.
Because they're really "pro-birth."
But yes, I ask that same question every damn day…whether it's masks, healthcare, the environment, education, housing, civil rights, the growing wealth gap…
That party is so selfish and hypocritical.
— Rae Anne (@RaeAnne8) November 17, 2020
They consider it a sign of disloyalty to Rev. Jim Loans pic.twitter.com/rspcH5kaUD
— Brown Eyed Susan (@smc429) November 17, 2020
According to several Doctors, scientists and others…if it is a 3 ply mask, the surgical type mask you can buy everywhere now, it is better than nothing!!
I don't like them either but if it will help some, I am willing to do my part and wear one.
— BitchyMom (@MiMiC_to1) November 17, 2020
My b ot wearing a mask, has to fo with the fake fear being used to program humanity into lock step tyranny. Nothing stops disease and death from happening. No human legislation can remove death from the human experience.
— Helen Thomas (@hgthomas1) November 17, 2020
You normally unite people with your great personality and leadership. We get enough divisiveness from our politicians man. You’re better than this. Just my $.02 pic.twitter.com/PwyWmNl6ZD
— Josh Thomson (@THEREALPUNK) November 17, 2020
People can get obsessed with causes without critically thinking about why – often just because of a need for a sense of belonging to a group. Cults form from needy people like that. They are typical examples of cognitive dissonance and no amount of reasoning will penetrate that.
— Cynthia (@LoveMyCymba) November 17, 2020
I wear a mask but be real. This piece of cloth over my face is not stopping a virus. It will stop my spit from flying into someone else’s face. We often see doctors wearing bandanas around their face to protect themselves. Please.
— Joey Habs (@joeyhaberman) November 17, 2020
it sure aint, which makes you wonder whats really going on, because in a pandemic bodies drop everywhere but I live in nyc and I ain't seeing none of that, this shit has a 99% survival rate so why global lockdown. pic.twitter.com/6E6nzg15FN
— TruthWarrior (@TruthWarrior115) November 17, 2020
"I am a pro-life man, but not that pro-life that I would inconvenience myself even slightly by wearing an extra piece of cloth. My pro-life beliefs are about what women should do with their bodies my body, my freedumb!"
— Antifascist Persister (@pavancharvaka) November 17, 2020
Hypocrites are capable of anything.
Pro-lifers also get sexually aroused over the prospects of blowing using their guns if they feel threatened.
— Rob (@drivewpb) November 17, 2020