Stanley‘s KISS bandmate Gene Simmons concurred, tweeting out a photo of him and fellow musicians wearing masks as they arrived in Dubai ahead of their New Year’s concert there. He wrote: “Wear your masks. Even if it’s only as a courtesy. If you yawn, or sneeze, you don’t think twice about covering your mouth. Do the rest of us a favor! Mask Up! ..Besides, it looks cool.”
This is not the first time Stanley has blasted people who refuse to wear a mask in public spaces to protect others from possible infection. Back in September, he took to his Twitter to share a CNN article about an Idaho pastor who was hospitalized with COVID-19 after calling himself a “no-masker” during a service and repeatedly questioning the veracity of coronavirus case reporting. Stanley added in a message: “YOU figure this one out. I can’t. A hoax and non-existent virus has put this guy in the ICU. If you’re so concerned with a loss of your freedom , Why do you stop at red lights? Don’t let the government control you!! Drive right through!!! PUT YOUR MASK ON.”
In early July, Stanley shared a photo of him and his eight-year-old daughter Emily wearing masks, and he included the following message: “Sunset at the beach with Emily. WEAR YOUR MASK! Don’t listen to conspiracy theorists or graduates of The Internet University Of Medicine. While the credible authorities and experts continue to learn more about Covid 19 they remain in agreement about safety protocols. End of story”.
Earlier this month, Simmons also criticized ongoing complaints about having to wear masks in the middle of a deadly pandemic, telling the “Jeremy White Podcast”: “Believe what you want, but don’t hang out around me. Okay? If you’re a denier, stay in the shadows. I don’t wanna be around you. ‘Cause I don’t wanna catch what you’ve got. It’s not about you. It’s not whether you believe it or not.”
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He added: “When you sneeze, you put your hand over your mouth. If your dog poops on the ground, you’ll pick it up. But you won’t pick up a mask?”
While 332,000 Americans have died so far as a result of COVID-19, a number of people have come out against COVID-19 response measures, including lockdowns, physical distancing and mandatory mask policies, saying that they violate constitutional rights.
More than 63,000 Americans died of COVID-19 in December alone. In comparison, the entire month of November saw about 36,964 deaths.
Frankly, I’ve had enough of the self-serving & politically motivated mask misinformation & BS about this pandemic. I don’t want to hear about “my freedom” & “my rights” that then infringe on so many other’s. Those “rights” & choosing to gather at Thanksgiving got us here. Wake up
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) December 25, 2020