Utah Anti-mask Rally refers to a viral video of a protest in St. George, Utah against the state government’s law which made protective face wear mandatory during the COVID-19 pandemic. The clip was widely shared on Twitter, where it was described as “beyond parody” due to the various outlandish statements made by attendees, such as a woman comparing wearing a facemask to the killing of George Floyd and another saying that “child molesters love” face masks.
On August 21st, 2020, ABC 4, a local Utah ABC affiliate, covered an anti-mask rally in St. George, Utah. The video went viral on Twitter several weeks later. On September 11th, 2020, Twitter user @WeHateDarius posted a clip of a woman in the news segment comparing George Floyd saying “I can’t breathe” to anti-mask protesters saying they can’t breathe with a mask (shown below, top). On September 13th, user @Tommyxtopher tweeted the full segment, gaining over 65,000 retweets and 50,000 likes (shown below, bottom).
— Detroit Rap Stan Account (@WeHateDarius) September 12, 2020
Jaw-dropping full report on Utah anti-mask protest. pic.twitter.com/lfpLj4cWkz
— Tommy X-TrumpIsARacist-opher (@tommyxtopher) September 13, 2020
The segment stunned Twitter users who both expressed despair and commented that it felt like a parody. User @Jared_Carrabis tweeted the video, saying “This has to be an SNL skit,” gaining over 37,000 retweets and 86,000 likes (shown below, left). User @ChrisMelberger tweeted, “This plays like a video made by The Onion. In actuality it’s the sad, depressing state of our country,” gaining over 180 retweets and 1,900 likes (shown below, right).
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