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Times are hard right now for most rappers -- including washed up rappers like Chad "Bow Wow" Moss, who desperately need club bookings to make ends meet.
Bow Wow responded to criticism after a video went viral of him performing at a crowded club in Houston, Texas, on Friday night amid the
The footage showed the rapper performing at Cle Houston without a mask, and the majority of the audience was also mask-free -- despite the fact that the club's website states that masks are required inside the venue.
This is not unusual: Georgia and other states
that are not Democrat-controlled are wide open and many residents don't wear masks.
Democrat-controlled states are about to turn up now that the election is over.
"Scrubs" star Zach Braff is among those who are waiting for the corporate news media to tell them it's safe to go outside without masks on.
Braff shared a video, writing alongside it: "I thought about it and have decided I'm not willing to die for Bow Wow."
Responding to the backlash on Saturday in a series of since-deleted tweets, Bow Wow said he followed Covid-19 protocols until the moment he stepped onstage.
"Man i been hosting parties all last year. I wore my mask in the club. I cant host with that thing on [sic]," he wrote. "I promise my mask i wore in the club up until i got on the mic. That simple. Keep sanitizer on me at all times." Bow Wow also claimed he was tested for Covid-19 "twice" ahead of the gig.
He added that the rules -- which changed constantly during the outbreak -- differ depending on which state you are in: "Man Texas is open. Atl (Atlanta) is open. I cant help I live in a city where we been open since last spring [sic]."
When one of his followers griped that people are getting "tired of this Covid bullsh*t... and wanna get out of the house", Bow Wow replied: "Agreed".
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Bruce Willis says not wearing a face mask in an L.A. pharmacy was "an error in judgment".
The macho "Die Hard" actor was spotted without a face covering in a Rite Aid pharmacy in Los Angeles, California on Monday, Jan. 11, when an employee asked him to wear a face covering.
According to reports, Bruce was asked to leave the pharmacy when other customers became upset that he wasn't wearing a mask.
Willis, 65, wore a bandanna loosely around his neck as a fashion statement. But rather than pull the bandana up, Willis was photographed walking out of the store without making a purchase.
Social media users ripped Willis for putting other lives in danger by not wearing a mask. One social media user said celebrities and politicians who don't wear masks believe they are invincible.
Willis has now responded to backlash over the incident, saying "It was an error in judgment. Be safe out there everyone and let's continue to mask up," he told People magazine in a statement.
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The Brooklyn Nets and the NBA league are investigating a video that shows Kyrie Irving partying maskless at his sister's birthday bash.
General manager Sean Marks says the front office is reviewing video footage that shows Irving at a birthday party after he took a leave of absence from the team.
Irving has not played in the last three games after taking a leave of absence for "personal reasons."
Late Monday night, a video of Irving partying maskless with his sister, Asia, in a packed club began trending on social media.
Typically, young Black adults do not wear face masks while partying in nightclubs, because their Covid-19 survival rate is 99.98% and nightclubs have not been proven to be "super spreader" events.
On Tuesday, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Malika Andrews reported that the league began an investigation into the viral video even though Irving was off the clock and on leave.
It's possible that Irving will have to quarantine, which could extend his absence from the team for another full week.
Houston Rockets superstar James Harden also learned he was NBA chattel when he was fined $50,000 for partying off the clock while not wearing a mask.
The league announced that Harden violated the NBA's COVID-19 protocols by not wearing a mask when he attended an indoor party late last year.
Bruce Willis was asked to leave an L.A. area pharmacy after he refused an employee's request to wear a mask.
The macho "Die Hard" star was shopping inside a Los Angeles Rite Aid pharmacy on Monday when he was asked to put on a face mask and he refused.
A source told Page Six that other shoppers became upset that Willis, 65, wasn't wearing a mask -- despite having a bandana tied loosely around his neck as a fashion statement.
Rather than pull up the bandana, Willis was photographed walking out of the store without making a purchase.
According to Page Six, Willis has spent much of 2020 quarantining with his ex-wife Demi Moore and their grown children, Scout, Rumer and Tallulah, at the family's compound in Idaho.
Speculation swirled that Willis' marriage to wife Emma Heming was on the rocks because she chose to stay behind at the couple's home in Los Angeles with their minor children, Mabel and Evelyn.
But Scout disputed the rumor, saying her half-sibling stepped on a hypodermic needle and required tests.
"My stepmom had to be in LA waiting to get the results from taking her to the doctor," Scout said. "So, my dad came up here and then travel got crazy so my stepmom stayed in LA with my little sisters.
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A 32-year-old Arizona woman was arrested and charged with assault after she beat her three children for not wearing face masks.
Police were called to Michelle Boone's Wickenberg home Saturday night. Officers were told that she punched one child in the face, kicked a second child and picked up a minor child by the neck for not wearing masks despite all three children testing positive for the virus.
Charging documents obtained by AZ Central show Boone is facing three counts of child abuse, three counts of assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Boone fled the home before police arrived but officers found hr walking down the street and arrested her, according to the documents.
Police say refused their command to stop and then fought them like a man when they tried to arrest her. She stopped resisting after an officer tased her with a stun gun.
She was transported to the Maricopa County jail and released on $5,000 bond.
Boone is seen smiling in her mugshot photo with a blue face mask tucked under her chin.
Court documents show Boone is no stranger to law enforcement. She was arrested for three previous incidents of domestic violence.
Studies have shown face masks do not stop the transmission of the coronavirus. A recent CDC report showed 74% of people who always wear masks still tested positive for Covid-19.
A St. Louis police officer is recovering from a concussion after she was beaten with her own baton for telling a female customer to wear a face mask.
Police are still searching for the woman who beat the sheriff's deputy at a Shell station on North Tucker in downtown St. Louis on Christmas Day.
The altercation took place after the woman walked into the gas station with face mask in hand.
The 59-year-old deputy who was moonlighting as security asked the customer to put her mask on. Police say the woman became belligerent, fought with the deputy then beat the law enforcement officer about the head with her own baton.
Bystanders rushed over to help the wounded officer, who then used her baton to pummel the woman in her car before she managed to drive off.
Sheriff Vernon Betts said the deputy "performed admirably while injured and under duress. This incident points to the dangers law enforcement officers face every day."
Some states have mask mandates making it illegal to be in public without face masks or face coverings.
The Houston Rockets fined NBA star James Harden $50,000 after a video surfaced of him allegedly partying in a strip club without a mask.
The 31-year-old star player, who attended the party on Monday, Dec. 21, was in violation of the NBA’s health protocols, which forbids players from going into bars and nightclubs, or gathering in groups of more than 15 people.
The NBA canceled the Rocket's home opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder, after Harden's health code violation and several players tested positive, leaving the Rockets without the league-mandated eight players to play in a game.
Harden tested negative for Covid-19, meaning he will be eligible to play on Saturday.
Harden responded to the misunderstanding on his Instagram page.
"One thing after another. I went to show love to my homegirl at her event (not a strip club) because she is becoming a boss and putting her people in position of success and now it's a problem.
"Everyday it's something different. No matter how many times people try to drag my name under you can't. The real always end up on top [sic]."
The mayor of a small town in Kansas resigned her position after receiving death threats following a city commission vote forcing residents to wear masks.
Dodge City Mayor Joyce Warshaw resigned Tuesday, citing concerns for her safety. Her resignation is effective immediately, Yahoo News reports.
Warshaw was one of the city commission members who voted to force a mask mandate on the town. But town residents didn't take the news sitting down.
"I understand people are under a lot of pressure from various things that are happening around society like the pandemic," Warshaw said in her resignation letter. "I think it's best for me and the city that I love to remove myself from the commission at this time and from the mayorship so that the city can move forward and be the best that it can be because I believe in the city."
Warshaw tendered her resignation following the Dec. 11 publication of a USA TODAY article in which she tried to shed a positive light on the mask mandate.
"We just felt like we had to do something so everybody was aware of how important it was for everybody to be responsible for each other’s health and well-being," said Warshaw in the USA TODAY story.
After the article was published, the mayor received a flood of hate emails and phone calls from residents, some making threats on her life. The threatening emails were turned over to police.
In an interview with the Dodge City Daily Globe, Warshaw broke down in tears as she explained her reason for resigning.
"This is harder for me than people realize. I really love this city with all my heart. I still believe in this city and I believe in their ability to not harm one another."
Unlike blue states where the Corona "cases" are surging despite forced mandates, corona deaths remain low in Georgia and Florida where there are no mask mandates or lockdowns.
Dave Chappelle flipped out on a fan who approached his table at a hotel restaurant without a mask on.
Cellphone footage released by Dailymail.com shows the comedian, who requires masks at his comedy shows, chastising a female fan who approached him and a group of friends at the Four Seasons hotel in Austin, Texas.
Chappelle was in town doing "socially-distant" live shows on November 16, 17, and 18.
The video was taken by part-time actor Chad Laboy, who says a friend approached Chappelle without wearing a mask. Laboy stated, "My friend didn't have her mask on when she walked over to his table and rightly so, they chastised her for it."
He continued, "She apologized and offered to put her mask on, but continued to get berated. No one at their table was wearing a mask, but the group was extremely rude, saying things like, 'we don't know you', 'get the f**k away', and began calling her names."
Laboy pointed out that Chappelle and his crew weren't wearing masks either. Laboy added that Chappelle was trying to deescalate the situation, which was shown in the video, but he says that Chappelle's friends continued to be aggressive, including one man who shoved him and tried to snatch his phone.
Laboy says Chappelle and his group of friends later confronted them at their table and Chappelle told him, "You a bi**h a** n****a." The Austin PD arrived, and after hearing Laboy's side of the story, they gave them all a "trespass warning for a full year and we could not return to the hotel during that time or we would be arrested."
California's authoritarian governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday issued another stay-at-home order affecting 94% of the state starting on Saturday, Nov. 21.
Gatherings and nonessential work are prohibited between 10 pm and 5 am in 41 out of 58 counties until December 21.
Sheriff's offices in Orange County, El Dorado County, and Sacramento say they will not enforce Newsom's latest lockdown order.
OC Sheriff Don Barnes released a statement Thursday evening saying his office has better things to do than respond to calls about face masks and social gatherings.
Californians are sick and tired of Newsom's orders -- which he and his do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do Democratic colleagues willfully ignore.
Newsom was spotted dining out with 11 of his friends at a Napa County restaurant on Nov. 6, with nary a mask in sight. The group did not follow any of his Covid-19 safety measures, including social distancing and face masks between bites.
The public backlash to the leaked photos of Newsom and his maskless friends was so intense that Newsom issued an apology and claimed he and his guests were dining "outside."
Top pathologist Dr. Roger Hodkinson said the pandemic is "the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting public."
"There is utterly unfounded public hysteria driven by the media and politicians, it's outrageous, this is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting public," said Hodkinson during a Zoom call with Alberta government officials this week.
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