Actor Wil Wheaton Explains Why He Still Wears A Mask In Public: ‘Covid Is Very Much Still A Thing’

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“Star Trek” actor Wil Wheaton recently explained why he feels compelled to keep wearing a mask in certain public settings even though people act like “d*cks” about it.

The 51-year-old took to social media, saying “someone asked why [my wife] Anne and I wear masks to hockey games, and because they weren’t a d*ck about it, I answered them.”

Wheaton said he was posting his full reply for future reference.

Covid is very much still A Thing, and so is the flu, the common cold, and other respiratory illnesses,” he began a lengthy Facebook post.

“I started masking during the pandemic, because I didn’t want to get sick and die. I have kept masking when I’m in close proximity to other people, large crowds, or small indoor spaces because I haven’t had the flu or a cold or, gods forbid, Covid, since I made that choice.”

He continued, “It’s such a tiny, simple, thing and it makes a huge difference for me. It’s too bad that so many people have decided to make another personal health choice that is none of their business, that doesn’t affect them at all, just another part of their culture war. And it tells you everything you need to know about a person when they are a d*ck about it.”

Wheaton went on to describe a fellow hockey game attendee who was “coughing and sneezing his face off” during the game, which he presented as a good reason to be wearing a mask. “That’s basically why I wear a mask whenever I’m in a crowd, and why I wish it wasn’t such a big stupid deal (pro or against),” he added.


Next, he said people appreciate his masking. “I see a lot of thank yous for wearing masks in our photos. I appreciate the kindness, but we aren’t making a statement. We aren’t modeling behavior. We are doing what is best for us, period. This isn’t a statement, it’s just a personal health choice. If it helps normalize the entire thing, I’m happy for that passive bonus, but it’s not something I’m spending an action or even a bonus action on,” he wrote.

Finally, Wheaton compared masking to wearing shoes. 

He wrote, “I haven’t heard someone complain that I wear shoes into a restaurant, and I haven’t ever had someone thank me for wearing shoes in a restaurant. I hope it will be the same with masks, sooner than later. It’s nobody’s business, and the only people who are d*cks about it are d*cks about everything else, anyway.”

“I’m just tired of this being not just A Thing, but A Big Stupid F***ing Culture War Thing,” the actor concluded. “So. Mind your business, do what’s best for your health and in consideration of the health of those around you, and don’t be a d*ck.”

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