Spotify podcaster Joe Rogan claimed that government mandated mask usage is why people have been acting out in public at alarming rates during the pandemic.
“People lost their f—ing minds,” Rogan lamented during an episode of his show. “My favorite video was a lady with no mask screaming at a man to put a mask on. She was just a person on a plane. She wasn’t even a lady who worked for the airline.”
“She’s just screaming and then she smacks him in the head,” he continued. “She wound up getting arrested. But she was just, I don’t know if she was on drugs or what.”
Rogan seemed to be referring to former Playboy model, Patricia Cornwall, who went viral for striking an 80-year-old man on a Delta flight in December, when she was told to take an open seat at the back of the plane after using the lavatory due to the drink cart blocking the aisle.
“What am I, Rosa Parks?” she asked the flight attendant. The male passenger snarked that she “wasn’t black,” and the plane “isn’t a bus” in Alabama. She demanded that the man put his mask on, despite not wearing her own. When he called Cornwall a “Karen,” she spit in his face and struck him. She was arrested in Atlanta and spent Christmas in jail after the incident.
Delta flight from Tampa to Atlanta got crazy‼️ pic.twitter.com/I9BZUKv3LB
— ATL Uncensored – Atlanta News (@ATLUncensored) December 25, 2021
Rogan said forced face coverings were to blame for the situation spinning out of control. “Because one of the things that happened over the last year in a half, is that people really enjoyed telling you to put your mask on, because you kind of have to listen,” he explained.
“And when someone says ‘put a mask on’ you have to. It’s a thing. You’re not wearing it and someone … you can’t say ‘f*** you.’ If you say f*** you, then you’re on YouTube and then it’s a real problem,” he commented.
Rogan noted that he had witnessed people wearing masks during jiu jitsu classes, “It’s the dumbest f***ing thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” he remarked. “You’re breathing heavy, you’re on top of each other. You’re sweating on each other. You got a stupid surgical mask on, which doesn’t do a godda** thing.”
“People lost their f***ing minds,” he concluded. “They lost their f***ing minds over the last two years.”