Some public figures are doing poorly at modeling mask-wearing in public.
Kerri Walsh Jennings, a three-time Olympic volleyball gold medalist, became the latest person to receive backlash after she claimed that she was "woken up" to the lies of mask use.
In an Instagram post, Jennings detailed a "little exercise in being brave," where she went grocery shopping without a mask on.
She justified her actions in the post:
"I read a quote the other day that shook me - - THIS HAS NOT BEEN ENFORCED, IT'S BEEN CONSENTED TO."
"This statement woke me up & the truth of it has had me obsessing on the matter of how I can mindfully & compassionately stand up for my rights & for the freedoms our constitution has granted us all WITHOUT being reckless or putting anyone else in danger."
@CNN She needs to live a life unencumbered by endorsements. If she’s so brave, I think we need to see to it that s… https://t.co/CmUByHckwg— Midlife Crisis Actor (@Midlife Crisis Actor) 1599654336.0
@CNN Lmao and when she gets sick I don’t want to see a video of her crying telling everyone to wear masks and not m… https://t.co/ZeeEa69I91— Recyclops (@Recyclops) 1599590737.0
@CNN It’s actually socially irresponsible. That’s like driving home from the bar and calling yourself “brave”.— kara (@kara) 1599590874.0
@CNN Give her medal for ignorance and lack of concern for others. I thought volley ball was a team sport.— JAILBIRD JACK (@JAILBIRD JACK) 1599590909.0
@CNN an exercise in stupidity is more like it.— Lesley Abravanel🆘 (@Lesley Abravanel🆘) 1599591146.0
"We are all endlessly complaining about the restrictive & arbitrarily selective rules that we are being strongly 'suggested' to follow & yet we are all consenting; Not much of a fight, just a lot of complaining & strongly disagreeing with this manipulation, but we keep consenting."
"It's maddening. It has crushed our society, people's livelihoods, our children's spirits, & the fabric of our world."
@CNN The brave ones are the healthcare professionals who will be risking their lives because some a..h... things sh… https://t.co/2baUhpccjw— tove christoffersen (@tove christoffersen) 1599591147.0
@CNN Putting other people at risk is the opposite of brave.— Seth Masket (@Seth Masket) 1599591764.0
@CNN If she wants to be brave she can do some laundry for people with Covid.— Patricia Arquette (@Patricia Arquette) 1599600500.0
@CNN Putting others at risk isn't brave. Licking a doorknob is brave.— jeffrey lee campbell (@jeffrey lee campbell) 1599607462.0
@CNN https://t.co/h2ZopcGoPr— Dino Ge Avocado (@Dino Ge Avocado) 1599591034.0
"We have become a country & a world estranged from each other & it is more deeply unhealthy than any virus could ever be."
"I know people are getting sick & many have gone to Heaven. I have lived through a lot of loss in my family, in my life."
"I cherish life. I would never downplay the impact of a single loss of life.
"That is it's own conversation & my heart goes out to all those suffering poor health, the loss of a loved one and the fear that the reaction to & media coverage of [the pandemic] has created in your days."
Many feel the concern she claimed to feel is negated by her lack of mask.
@CNN We HAVE to do a better job getting it through people's thick skulls that the mask isn't for YOU. It isn't "bra… https://t.co/4D2jmXCWBA— HammHawk (@HammHawk) 1599595540.0
@CNN How is it bravery to put other people at risk?— Sean Gray (@Sean Gray) 1599591926.0
@CNN Why don’t people understand the mask is mostly to protect others not yourself? This isn’t brave. It’s a lack o… https://t.co/lSSMDIfuN6— Cynthia Hudson (@Cynthia Hudson) 1599665017.0
@CNN It's too bad she conflates "freedom" and "bravery" with ignoring science and other people's safety. Yes, she… https://t.co/pIRxeRcAcz— Shiva Suresh (@Shiva Suresh) 1599614111.0
@CNN Bravery? How about selfishness when supposed u have the virus and asymptomatic u can spread to others!!! It’s… https://t.co/Mz9LJCbLMh— Evabeth Shullai (@Evabeth Shullai) 1599615588.0
Jennings quickly followed up with an apology.
"To those I've upset so deeply, I am sorry."
"I am not advocating for people to stop wearing masks. I wear a mask most often."
"I don't believe in their efficacy unless it's of a certain caliber, yet I wear them. I am advocating critical thinking and civility."
Jennings' apology may go amiss, though, as outbreaks continue across the country.