Who’s the biggest COVIDIOT of them all — you be the judge
Tyler Wallace gained notoriety for walking through a Walmart and spraying Lysol on everything in sight while wearing a sign on his back that read “Caution I have the coronavirus.”
Fighting a pandemic is hard enough without baffling demonstrations of ignorance also going viral, leaving us to wonder if humanity stands a chance.
For every hero who’s saved a live during this outbreak, there seems to be an idiot who put us all in danger. So far, the confederacy of idiots spans everyone from spring breakers to millionaire showbiz personalities. Those people are COVIDIOTS.
One of the most brazen rebels against social distancing is Brady Sluder who became a household name earlier this month when he boasted about partying in Miami during spring break.
“If I get corona, I get corona. At the end of the day, I’m not gonna let it stop me from partying," Sluder told CBS News during a shockingly tone deaf interview. “We’re just out here having a good time. Whatever happens, happens.”
The Cincinnati man wasn’t alone on the beach, he was just among the most vocal. In Sluder’s defense, he appeared to learn from his experience. On March 22, he posted a Facebook mea culpa apologizing for his reckless.
"I wasn’t aware of the severity of my actions and comments,” Sluder wrote. “I want to use this as motivation to become a better person, a better son, a better friend, and a better citizen.”
Less repentant for his brazen ignorance is Louisiana evangelical pastor Tony Spell, who bused in more than 1,800 followers for a hands-on mass two weeks ago, then gave an encore performance to an audience half that size Sunday. Those followers were then turned loose upon the streets of Louisiana, where COVOD-13 has been particularly aggressive.
"I’m going to address that by laying hands on them and praying for them and depending on God to heal their body,” Spell explained during one of his sermons.
More than 3,500 Lousianians have tested positive for coronavirus, where 151 have died, according to The Guardian.
Only New York, New Jersey and Washington have reported more fatalities connected to COVID-19.
Broadcaster Rush Limbaugh’s flock also appears to be getting bad advice from their boisterous leader.
One of the 69-year-old Presidential Medal of Freedom winner’s gems came a few weeks ago when he compared the growing pandemic to the flu and insisted it was being blown out of proportion to embarrass President Trump, who gave Limbaugh the aforementioned medal last month.
“This coronavirus, they’re just... all of this panic is just not warranted,” he said on March 11. “You can’t blame people reacting the way they’re reacting, if they pay any, even scant attention to the media.”
Limbaugh also told followers that COVID-19 is so common that got its name from being the 19th COVID virus. That is false. But as horror writer Stephen King tweeted: “Sage advice form a lifelong cigar smoker who has lung cancer.”
Limbaugh, who has also downplayed the dangers of tobacco smoke, announced last month that he was being treated for advanced lung cancer.
Maryland COVIDIOT Shawn Marshall Myers spend the weekend spent the weekend in jail after practicing bipartisan stupidity last week. The 41-year-old man is accused of throwing two parties since the pandemic hit Maryland, where 10 people have so far been killed by COVID-19.
Cops warned the blue mohawk-wearing host a couple weeks ago that gatherings of more than 10 people were not allowed to congregate in Charles County, where Myers was having a party. He got off with a warning. On Friday, cops returned to Myers home where he reportedly had 60 people gathered around a bonfire. That soiree landed him in the slammer.
“Lost” actress Evangeline Lilly didn’t get the Golden Globe she was nominated for in 2007, but her performance as a coronavirus skeptic was award-worthy in the worst way.
“Feels a lot too close to Marshall Law [sic] for my comfort,” she wrote on social media after critics noted that her bringing her kids to a March 16 gymnastic class may not have been very responsible.
As the body count rose, the Canadian celebrity changed her tune.
“I want to offer my sincere and heartfelt apology for the insensitivity I showed in my previous post to the very real suffering and fear that has gripped the world through COVID19,” Lilly wrote in a long Instagram post, where she insisted she recognizes the dangers of the virus and is doing her part to contain it.
Some social media followers congratulated her for seeing the light while others saw the apology as a way to salvage her career.
Influencer Ava Louise, who has more than 175,000 Instagram followers, got famous during the pandemic because she likes to potty.
The 22-year-old posted video on TikTok where she’s licking an airplane toilet seat and inviting people to join the “Coronavirus Challenge.”
During a visit to the Dr. Phil show, Louise claimed that her stunt wasn’t dangerous because she was in a private plane and had bleached the seat.
The toilet-licking attention seeker also reasoned that the stunt occurred en route to Miami where ‘I had way dirtier things in my mouth that whole spring break.’"
One of the big stars of the 2020 COVIDIOT scene took a while to see his star rise, but police in Aurora, Ill., with the help of the public, made 19-year-old Tyler Wallace a celebrity.
Video emerged last month of a man walking through a Walmart and spraying Lysol on everything in sight while wearing a sign on his back that read “Caution I have the coronavirus.”
That man was soon after identified by Wallace, according to the Chicago Tribune. Cops estimate he did $10,000 worth of damage — in a Walmart!
Since this coronavirus pandemic is still spreading, the age of COVIDIOTS is likely in its infancy, too. This might be a good time to give an honorable mention to running groups that continue to meet in Prospect Park, bar owners who insist on continuing operations and everyone reading this story on a cell phone right now while blocking a sidewalk, a doorway or a staircase.
More than 775,000 people have tested positive for Coronavirus, According to Johns Hopkins University. COVID-19 has killed at least 37,000 people worldwide.