Rachel Maddow Says She Needs To ‘Rewire’ Not To View Unmasked People as ‘Selfish Threats’

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Change is hard. People need time. Take Rachel Maddow, for example.

The CDC announced Thursday that fully-vaccinated Americans need not wear masks or practice social distancing indoors or outdoors, except under certain circumstances. “Finally,” some said. Not Maddow, who declared it will be a process. A rather challenging process.

Maddow has to prepare herself to come across an unmasked citizen and not immediately yell “danger.”

“I feel like I’m going to have to rewire myself so that when I see someone out in the world who’s not wearing a mask, I don’t instantly think, ‘You are a threat,’” Maddow said. “Or, ‘You are selfish or you are a COVID denier and you definitely haven’t been vaccinated.’ I mean, we’re going to have to rewire the way that we look at each other.”

Luckily for Maddow, if she comes across her colleague Joy Reid, these damning thoughts won’t be a problem. Reid doesn’t appear to be anywhere close to ready to ditch her mask(s). A few weeks ago, Reid proudly announced to the world that she jogs alone outside with two masks on, even though she’s already been fully vaccinated. Joy Reid, an inspiration to Americans.

My advice: if you happen to cross paths with Maddow in a very rich gathering near New York — don’t blame her if you are judged as a COVID denier. Or even a selfish American. Should she whisper under her breath that you are a threat — give her a break.

Do your best to ease Maddow’s transition. Perhaps carry a spare mask? She surely isn’t the only one going through a habit change, especially after last night’s likely 2.5 million viewer episode. 

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack is a writer for OutKick where he reports and analyzes the latest topics in media, culture, sports, and politics..

Burack has become a prominent voice in media and has been featured on several shows across OutKick and industry related podcasts and radio stations.


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  1. Just look on social media at all the lunatics who say they’re going to continue wearing their masks. One person I know said he won’t feel comfortable until he gets the booster shot! These people are insane.

  2. My sincere hope is the over regulated, Socialists states like California, New York, Michigan, Oregon, etc continue shutting down so those policies will be exposed beyond any question. Those people elected these idiots… I want to see how far the have to take it before they would consider voting for someone else. You want Newsome or Whitmer as governor? You get what you deserve. You want to abolish police and elect people who will make that happen? Either stop being stupid. OR go ahead and burn your cities and whine that you are victims while the rest of us in the south swoop in, take your businesses and enjoy the fruits of a Capitalistic ideology.

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