Carol McGiffin left Loose Women viewers horrified today after her comments over wearing a face mask.
As the world continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic, face masks are becoming a more prevalent part of our everyday lives.
Hollywood star Tom Hanks, who suffered coronavirus, has released a video saying he has ‘no respect’ for people who refuse to wear face masks.
Carol was asked her thoughts on his statement and launched into a long rant about it.
Carol McGiffin tells Loose Women she’s unhappy about face masks
“I’ve loved him, I think he’s really great, but to say I’ve lost respect for someone because they choose not to do something that everybody else is doing…” she said.
“I will go out of my way to not wear one because I think they’re invasive; they’re uncomfrotable.”
After saying she “has theories” about masks that she didn’t want to go into, she then said she felt everyone would just get used to wearing one and we’d keep them on forever.
“Everybody gets used to it and then it just happens forever, it’s like: where does it end? Where do you stop, when do you stop wearing a mask?” she said, getting more irate.
“The virus isn’t going away and there’s not going to be a vaccine for a hell of a long time, so when do we stop wearing those masks or do we always have to walk around with our faces covered? I find it a real invasion of my space.”
Kelle Bryan challenges Carol McGiffin
Fellow panellist Kelle Bryan then stepped in to take Carol to task over her comments.
“Carol, we stop wearing a mask when it becomes safe to do so.
“Tom Hanks actually had coronavirus so he’s speaking from a place of being impassioned from personal experience.
“Wearing a face mask has been proven. I wore a face mask before this pandemic becuase I am immuno-supressed therefore I am susceptible to infections, so wearing a mask, I know you say it’s uncomfortable – is it more uncomfortable than not being able to breathe or being in intensive care?”
Carol wasn’t having any of it though and bit back: “What you’re assuming is that everybody is dangerous,” she argued.
Carol asks: are we human?
“It’s like you’re looking at other human beings and people are not being human any more. They’re actually looking at everyone as though they might actually kill you.
“I’ve said this on social media that I don’t like them, I don’t want to wear one and I don’t want to be told to wear one. I will if I think I’m going to get fined of course, I’ll have to.
“I just think that people saying to me it’s the least you can do, it’s not about that, it’s about much, much more than that and accusing me of being a selfish murderer more or less for not wanting to wear one. It’s got out of hand.”
Kelle again came back saying: “But Carol, I think you’ve got to look at it in the broader perspective. If you by wearing a mask, you might be preventing somebody else from catching the virus. It is a preventative measure that you can do quite easily that’s not going to affect you that much.”
“It is,” Carol could be heard shooting back before Stacey Solomon and Christine McGuinness had their say.
What did Loose Women viewers say?
Those watching at home were overwhelmingly on Kelle’s side. They called Carol ‘selfish’ and ‘dangerous’
I’d rather wear a face mask EVERY DAY FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE than be the cause of someone else’s death! Completely selfish, arrogant and dangerously irresponsible comments from @McGiff today. @loosewomen you need to denounce these comments immediately. #LooseWomen
— MJ (@Chocolatepud1) July 9, 2020
How selfish of Carol,you dont even know if you have the virus if you dont show any symptoms. It’s not all about protecting yourself, it’s also about protecting others.#LooseWomen
— smiler dee (@Dee21234358) July 9, 2020
— Kelly free (@Kellyfree12) July 9, 2020
Carol is completely missing the point, wearing a mask isn’t a matter of personal liberty or choice. Its about saving lives and eradicating the spread of the virus.#LooseWomen
— Fi 🌊⛱🌊🍦🌊 (@Fibutton) July 9, 2020
ITV are so irresponsible allowing someone like her to spew forth anti face mask rubbish – of course they’re not the beall and end all but save 10% of infections and it’s a winner !#LooseWomen
— Andrew S.. (@Andrewclink7) July 9, 2020
So dangerous to air carol’s views to be honest, there’s having an opinion then there is airing a view dangerous to public health on live national TV #loosewomen
— Chaz Montgomery👸🏼 (@paytas_stan_) July 9, 2020
Did anyone agree with Carol McGiffin?
However, a couple of viewers felt Carol had a point.
#LooseWomen Well said Carol..people seen unware that the co2 breathing back in is *dangerous* i agree with you..
— doreen gerrard (@sheera3333) July 9, 2020
Drink driving is a lot worse than wearing a mask. I totally agree with Carol on this! #LooseWomen
— Chloe (@_chloehx_) July 9, 2020
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