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Pls Enjoy These Truly Cooked Excuses For Not Wearing A COVID-19 Mask

"I don’t wear a mask for the same reason I don’t wear underwear."

With over 9.6 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, and almost 500,000 deaths due to the virus across the globe, following rules around health and safety right now are paramount. However, when it comes to wearing a COVID-19 face mask, some members of the public are having none of it – and the excuses are absolutely priceless.  

A fiery debate erupted at a public meeting held by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners this week after talks of an emergency order to require face masks in an attempt  to slow the spread of coronavirus. 

Before the board ultimately decided to approve the emergency order, community member Sylvia Ball argued, “they want to throw God’s wonderful breathing system out the door.”

“If we have a second wave, it will be due to masking healthy citizens,” one woman claimed. “I will not tolerate putting a muzzle on my mouth to keep me from speaking to people, to keep them from seeing my smile,” another said.

“It literally is killing people,” community member Cristina alleged. “We the people are waking up, and we know what citizen’s arrest is, because citizen’s arrests are already happening. Every single one of you that are obeying the Devil’s laws are going to be arrested.”

A concerned community member asked, if everyone has to wear masks, “how will young children be able to know who the dangerous deviants are, like pedophiles and humans in the sex trafficking?” Not sure if children have the ability to decipher that based on seeing someone’s mouth and chin, but sure.

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Another said, “I am also the daughter of someone who lived through Germany. You’re forced to wear masks, they were forced to wear a star.”

The cherry on top of an already truly bizarre cake has to be the woman who exclaimed, “I don’t wear a mask for the same reason I don’t wear underwear – things gotta breathe!”

In one final flourish, a Trump supporter took the stand and said, “I say Trump 2020, and I hope every one of you gets voted out who votes for a mask.”

It’s a lot to process. 

According to the Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach County recorded 5,808 new COVID-19 cases this week and has already seen 495 deaths as a result of the virus. 

Research, funded by the World Health Organisation, has found that face masks are an effective method for containing the spread of the virus – along with other social distancing measures. If it helps flatten the curve and save lives, shielding your ‘smile’ is a small sacrifice to make.

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Mia Khalifa Speaks Out, Shining A Troubling Light On The Porn Industry

"I was made to feel as though I couldn't tell my story."

The debate around Internet porn – its benefits, and negative impacts – has been raging for decades. However, much of the conversation is around people consuming porn, rather the people starring in it – like Mia Khalifa, who recently shared her regrets about working in the porn industry. 

In a recent TikTok video, Khalifa – who is now a sports commentator, but worked as a high profile porn actress from 2014-2015 – revealed some of the traumatic experiences she had while working in adult entertainment.

“That hourly dissociative attack from remembering hundreds of millions of people’s only impression of you is solely based on the lowest, most toxic, most uncharacteristic 3 months of your life when you were 21,” Khalifa captioned the video. 

It’s been less than a week since Khalifa posted the TikTok video but it has already racked up over 330,000 likes and over 5,000 comments. The video also sparked a heated debate on Twitter with some followers sharing their support for Khalifa, and others criticising her for speaking out against the porn industry.

To clarify her video, Khalifa tweeted that she’s not against sex work and didn’t want to tell people what to do with their bodies, “but I am telling you to never let anyone have ownership of your content. Ethical porn exists, support those sites, not the big production conglomerates.”

When another Twitter user expressed their support for Khalifa but mentioned the “harm she caused” by wearing a hijab in porn videos, Khalifa was quick to explain in a series of tweets. 

She said that after porn videos of her wearing a hijab went viral, BangBros porn executive Jordan Sibbs convinced her to appear in a ‘Vogue’ photoshoot wearing the hijab and posing with guns. Khalifa said it was a lie and “weeks later, those photos ended up being used on the website BangBros created under my name.”

After porn star Abella Danger tweeted “I will never stop defending the porn industry,” and implored people to “stop trashing us for pity and clout,” Khalifa responded, “I feel bad for her living in such a deluded mindset to believe telling your own personal story and fighting for vulnerable women that don’t have a voice means you’re chasing clout.”

Later, Khalifa said she never spoke out about her experiences because “I was made to feel as though I couldn’t tell my story without being derided by the general public.” 

Luckily, Khalifa now feels “safe” to speak her truth, and whilst it’s clear her experience isn’t shared by every porn actress, her story should still be heard and shines a troubling light on the adult entertainment industry. We owe it to the people working in the industry to dig deeper and truly understand what is going on behind the scenes.

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Will Novak Djokovic’s Anti-Vax Stance Change Now He’s Got COVID-19?

His wife and four other players have also tested positive.

If there’s one thing the pandemic has taught us, it’s that coronavirus does not discriminate and since the crisis began, we’ve seen all walks of life fall victim to the virus. Most recently, men’s world number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic, has tested positive for COVID-19.

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Unfortunately, Djokovic isn’t the only one who has contracted the virus. Croatian player Borna Coric, Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov and Serbian opponent Viktor Troicki have also tested positive for COVID-19 after playing in Djokovic’s tournament in the Balkan region of Europe. 

To make matters worse, Djokovic’s wife has tested positive along with Troicki’s wife, who is currently pregnant. 

After the news of Djokovic’s diagnosis broke, Aussie tennis player Nick Kyrgios took to Twitter to slam his opponent for being ‘irresponsible’.

“Prayers up to all the players that have contracted COVID-19. Don’t @ me for anything I’ve done that has been ‘irresponsible’ or classified as ‘stupidity’ – this takes the cake,” Kyrgios tweeted, with a video that allegedly shows Djokovic partying shirtless in Serbia following his tournament.

In a statement, Djokovic defended holding the tournament. “Our tournament meant to unite and share a message of solidarity and compassion throughout the region,” he said. “It was borne with a philanthropic idea, to direct all raised funds towards people in need and it warmed my heart to see how everybody strongly responded to this.”

“We organised the tournament at the moment when the virus has weakened, believing that the conditions for hosting the tour had been met,” he added, apologising to anyone who had become infected with COVID-19 as a result of the series.

It’s a disappointing turn of events, but it also begs the question: will Novak Djokovic budge on his stance against vaccinations now he’s contracted the virus?

Back in April, Novak Djokovic said he is “personally” opposed to a COVID-19 vaccination and “wouldn’t want to be forced by someone to take a vaccine in order to be able to travel” during tennis season. 

“But if it becomes compulsory, what will happen? I will have to make a decision. I have my own thoughts about the matter and whether those thoughts will change at some point, I don’t know,” he said, as per Reuters.

Well, sounds like now might be a good time to reconsider those thoughts, Djokovic.

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