Judge Judy has taken her authoritative ethos out of the courtroom and onto the streets.
Speaking with the New York Post, the famed television personality said that she once scolded a fan for not wearing a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Judge Judy, she was getting her hair styled at a salon when she saw a man indoors not wearing a mask, prompting her to confront him.
“I walked up to him and he looked at me and smiled. I was wearing my mask with my smock on and my hair was dripping wet. I said to him, ‘Do you like ‘Judge Judy?'” she recalled. “He said, ‘Oh yes,’ and I said, ‘Not after today,’ and I proceeded to lace into him about respecting other people and how other people are minding you by wearing a mask.”
“I said to him, ‘You must be some kind of narcissist or there’s something that I don’t see that makes you unique and special,'” she added.
After the confrontation, the man allegedly apologized.
Judge Judy is just one of many celebrities who have expressed displeasure over people breaking COVID-19 restrictions. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly recently, pop icon Taylor Swift lamented about the many people she sees in Tennessee flouting masks and social distancing, urging them to think of frontline healthcare workers.
“God, you hope people would respect it and would understand that going out for a night isn’t worth the ripple effect that it causes,” she said. “But obviously we’re seeing that a lot of people don’t seem to have their eyes open to that — or if they do, a lot of people don’t care, which is upsetting.”
Swift said the song “Epiphany” on her new album was inspired by her World War II veteran grandfather and how his battles relate to health-care workers.
“I did a lot of research on my grandfather in the beginning of quarantine, and it hit me very quickly that we’ve got a version of that trauma happening right now in our hospitals,” Swift said.
“You just immediately think of the health workers who are putting their lives on the line — and oftentimes losing their lives,” she added. “If they make it out of this, if they see the other side of it, there’s going to be a lot of trauma that comes with that; there’s going to be things that they witnessed that they will never be able to un-see.”
This past September, “Harry Potter” actor Jason Isaacs even went as far to say that people who violate mask mandates should be in jail or hanged in the streets.
“The thing about masks is, somehow I’m made less annoyed by the people who refuse to wear masks, who I think should be in the stocks or prison, than by the people who are wearing it with their nose sticking out,” Isaacs said on the British daytime chat show “Lorraine.”
“We all know that you transmit and receive it more through your nose. And what about the people who I’m talking to who pull it down to have a chat and put it back up again?” he continued. “They should be hanging in the streets.”
Celebrities from Tom Hanks to Matthew McConnaughey to Anna Camp have all advocated for people to wear masks and denounced those who refused to do so.
“I don’t get it. I simply do not get it. It is literally the least you can do,” said Tom Hanks in July. “And if anybody wants to build up an argument about doing the least you can do, I wouldn’t trust them with a driver’s license. I mean when you drive a car you have to obey speed limits, you got to use your turn signals, you have to avoid hitting pedestrians.”
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