It's still a medical issue, [Laughs] like we... But our response has been for sure political. And the anti-maskers versus the maskers is shocking, that this is the way we're rolling here. And no one has an open mind to hear the views of the other. It's like -- I'm really not interested in hearing how masks are going to kill me, because I'm going to breathe my own carbon dioxide and kill myself. I'm just, I'm not interested in hearing that, 'cause I don't feel like it's based in fact.
When my daughter works at the Irvin tour boat, she takes people on this freighter. And when she sees masks that say, "This mask is as useless as my governor." You know, you're just like, "Well, clearly, you're not open to the science behind how this can protect you." She's also just this very nice 19-year-old young woman and asked someone to actually wear their mask over their face and mouth, not just on their chin, and was called a Nazi. And I'm just so taken aback by that, but this is, in my head, this is a child. [Laughs]
For some people, it seems to embolden whatever behavior they want to do (be it being masked or being unmasked out in the world) -- to be unkind to people in the service industry. But I do think, for me, that I definitely feel like I would be mortified to go out without a mask. Not just from a germ point of view, but also this is what we need to do, our little herd of people. We need to do that, and I definitely feel that pressure from my political-leaning and social circle. [Laughs]
I honestly was trying to get someone to not be so close to me the other day, and I said like, "Oh, we should give each other some more space, I wouldn't want to disappoint Governor Walz." [Laughs] Like somehow that could be a reason. Humor kind of helps those things.
— Lucie Amundsen
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