NY Post - A performance artist wore a bikini made out of blue surgical masks near a Trader Joe’s in Los Angeles to protest lockdown restrictions.
The half-naked artist, DaVida Sal, was not covering her mouth but repurposed one mask as a blindfold, taking a jab at the perceived “blindness” of those complying with social distancing measures.
Sal wrote in a Facebook post that she subscribes to a theory that coronavirus is a hoax created to erode freedoms by forcing people to wear masks in public and maintain a six-foot distance from each other.
The reaction to her latest stunt has been overwhelmingly negative.
“People where I live are dying, Karen. Protecting the most vulnerable people in our population is the right thing to do. Wearing a mask is not difficult,” wrote Amanda K. Reotar.
People were outraged by her waste of personal protective equipment, which is still rationed in many places.
I'm a simple guy. As a general rule, I prefer my art to be Bob Ross landscapes and really bitching murals airbrushed onto the side of a cherry panel van. So "performance art" has always been something that is less to be interpreted as it is something to be studiously avoided, like a fully armed roadside IED.
Also as a general rule, I try to support the efforts of MILFs to get half naked in order to express themselves. But I draw the line when the half that is naked happens to be in close proximity to my produce, frozen Chinese entrees and jars of Trader Joe's Cookie Butter. Like as much as the complimentary sample counter is always my first stop when I hit traders, if the food hostess lady was wearing a bikini out of PPEs, I'm giving whatever lobster ravioli she's handing out a wide berth. As Seinfeld put it when he was dating the nudist, "There's the good naked, and then there's the bad naked." And there's not enough Two-Buck Chuck in Trader's for me to want some lunatics bare ass sharing oxygen with my pizza dough and OJ.
Which is a shame. Because as much as I don't care for the way DaVida Sal's message is being delivered, there's something in her message to be appreciated. I'm one of the vast majority of people playing nice. I wear my mask. I wait until the clerk says I can go in. I follow the arrows. But at the same time I wonder if I'm, as she puts it, being blind to what's really going on. When we're making all these sacrifices and you hear about governors and mayors traveling to their lake homes,visiting parks, throwing parties and even leaving their states and never wearing masks, it's hard not to wonder if in a few months from now we'll look back and think we were being sheeple.
At the very least, it's a question worth asking, while we still err on the side of caution and try to do the right thing. It's just tough to take the question all that seriously when it's being presented by a naked crackpot with a crippling obsession with getting attention and in serious need of psychiatric care holding a package of toilet paper in a parking lot. But if the world comes through this OK, maybe DaVida Sal is the one we'll have to thank for it. It wouldn't be the craziest thing to happen.