An Open Letter to Corey Taylor of Slipknot
Heavy metal’s reigning king of self-indulgent publicity has declared that 'anti-maskers' should “fuck off” and recognize that “not everything has to be a political statement”.
Here is my response.
How gloriously ironic, since you reduce all mask skepticism and defiance to a political stance, as if the only reason every single person who isn’t dogmaticallly commited to that path is that way because they are a gun-loving, abortion-hating, science-denying blasphemer who masturbates to pictures of Ivanka in between bible lessons.
Nay you reductive shitwit.
We have no idea how a rapid alteration in immune system interactions could impact us physically, nor about the social-psychological impact of covering our faces, since expressions and facial recognition play such massive roles in how we interact.
It could be the case that it makes it easy to dehumanize other people. Especially ones who do not share your views, so you reduce them all to political caricatures and tell them to fuck off.
The data is in, thanks to Slipknot. Long term mask usage can make you are real fugkn asshole.
note : I am skeptical of masks in the totalitarian way in which we have approached it. But I play along and wear it out wherever I go, so I don’t have to punch some fanatic for freaking out on me like a fugkn toddler. If only there were a magical garb to protect me from hypocrisy and performative outrage.