By Emma Colton
Viewers of the Grammy Awards expressed outrage that many celebrities were seen maskless at various times during the annual show.
“There’s a mask mandate in Los Angeles where violations can carry a $1,000 fine or 6 months in jail but apparently COVID isn’t a concern if you’re a celebrity at the #Grammys. Celeb parties are no big deal but have a family party in LA and the mayor can turn off your power,” director Robby Starbuck tweeted, accompanied by photos of maskless celebrities.
Is everyone understanding what BS this is yet? The elite still party while you lose your businesses, your jobs and kids commit suicide from lockdowns. Those are the rules they want you to accept. If you’re still willing to accept that deal then you must love being controlled.— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) March 15, 2021
Celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Doja Cat, and Megan Thee Stallion were seen interacting with others without masks, while other celebrities took the stage maskless and even hugged presenters.
The show did follow social distancing rules when it came to where people were seated, and the stage was outdoors. Most celebrities were seen wearing masks while seated, and organizers also worked with experts to ensure the show was safe.
“As you can see, this year, people, we have made the decision to socially distance from the Staples Center, but we’re still broadcasting to you from the heart of downtown Los Angeles,” host Trevor Noah said during the show. “This is not a Zoom background, all right? This is real. My uncle isn’t going to walk behind me naked even though I told him I was having an important meeting. That’s not going to happen tonight.”
Others joined him in condemning what they characterized as hypocrisy and wondered why masks were worn at tables but not on the stage.
Did you see anyone at #GRAMMYs wear mask? Aren't these people the ones who preach this?— Unlearn Yourself (@unlearnself) March 15, 2021
I'm confused. #Beyonce is wearing a mask at the table but then she doesn't wear a mask when she gives her speech. What is the point of wearing a mask if they're going to take it off when they're giving a speech standing next to other people? #GRAMMYs https://t.co/GnYOdO6V2B— missiongirl (@missiongirl4) March 15, 2021
the mask wearing at the grammys felt very performative everyone takes them off to talk to each other and then when someone would accept their award they hug the person giving it to them while not wearing a mask like what’s the point if you’re just gonna do all that anyway???— michele ✨ (@delicategay) March 15, 2021
Celebrities have been some of the most vocal supporters of mask mandates, touting it as a way to save lives.
“I mean, you just immediately think of the health workers who are putting their lives on the line — and oftentimes losing their lives,” Swift said in December when asked about people who don’t wear masks while in bars.
“God, you hope people would respect it and would understand that going out for a night isn’t worth the ripple effect that it causes,” she added. “But obviously, we’re seeing that a lot of people don’t seem to have their eyes open to that — or if they do, a lot of people don’t care, which is upsetting.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci has also repeatedly stressed that people need to remain vigilant about masks, saying they could be worn into 2022.
“As we get into the fall and the winter, by the end of the year, I agree with the president completely that we will be approaching a degree of normality,” he said last month. “It may or may not be precisely the way it was in November of 2019, but it’ll be much, much better than what we’re doing right now.”