RuPaul's Drag Race contestant Gia Gunn comes under fire for calling COVID-19 pandemic 'a hoax': 'A lot of people are brainwashed'By Da
RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Gia Gunn comes under fire for calling COVID-19 pandemic ‘a hoax’: ‘A lot of people are brainwashed’
Gia Gunn is getting backlash for saying she thinks that the coronavirus pandemic is a hoax.
The RuPaul’s Drag Race star criticized people for wearing masks amid the global health crisis and claimed everyone is being brainwashed into thinking the situation is worse than it actually is.
‘I think the whole mask thing is f**king ridiculous,’ Gia, 30, said in an Instagram Live clip which was shared by Evan Ross Katz on Twitter.
Misguided: Gia Gunn has received backlash for saying she thinks that COVID-19 is a hoax in an Instagram Live clip
‘I honestly think this whole COVID-19 thing is a hoax.’ she added, before continuing, ‘I think everybody who is, you know, taking precautions is cute and it’s definitely the thing to do, but I also think a lot of people are brainwashed.
‘I think the more and more that we look around and see each other with masks on, the more influenced we are going to be to also put our masks on, which then to me, insinuates that everything is not ok.
‘I’m here to tell you guys that I think things are more okay than the government is allowing you to think.’ she added.
Gia’s comments came on a day where coronavirus cases in the US rose by a record 45,242.
Several Drag Race stars slammed Gia for her misguided comments.
Cute: ‘I think everybody who is, you know, taking precautions is cute and it’s definitely the thing to do, but I also think a lot of people are brainwashed.’
Phi Phi O’Hara from season four hit back at Gia, writing, ‘My husband had and my mom HAS covid currently. THIS IS NO HOAX @GiaGunn. Your video and comments are honestly quite ignorant and it would behoove you to step back from Twitter and educate yourself, false information is harmful to so many.
Aquaria from season 10 wrote: ‘please @GiaGunn put on your stupid mask and let it be a reminder to not open your mouth when trying to influence your followers to practice the same unsafe actions you feel entitled to. people are still dying. be grateful its not you or I right now.’
Ignorant: Phi Phi O’Hara (Jaremi Carey) from season four hit back at Gia revealing that his mother has COVI-19
Aquaria from season 10 wrote: ‘please @GiaGunn put on your stupid mask’
Apology: It seems Gia was also hitting out at restaurants that were asking to take her temperature so she could dine there as a precaution
Farrah Moan didn’t beat around the bush as she hit back: ‘STFU b***h and put your mask on. And stop attacking businesses on your social media for taking your temperature before entering. People are dying.’
Following the backlash Gia issued an apology.
In another video she said, ‘It’s time for Miss Gia to take her own advice and do better.
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‘With the 6,000 cases on the rise alone here in California, it’s apparent that no theories, no questions, no excuses, it’s time for us to put our masks back on.
‘And for those of you that never took their masks off, I thank you and I commend you so much for setting the example that I wish I would have. I thank you all so much for correcting me, educating me, and informing me.’
Gia rose to fame on Season six of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Season 2 of The Switch Drag Race, and Season 4 of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars.
Gia, pictured December 10 2019, rose to fame on Season six of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Season 2 of The Switch Drag Race, and Season 4 of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars