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San Francisco mayor London Breed slammed for 'hypocrisy' over maskless partying video

A user tweeted, '@LondonBreed I voted for you but this is unacceptable! Practice what you preach. You are supposed to be the role model!'
UPDATED SEP 18, 2021
London Breed was seen violating mask mandates by partying maskless at a nightclub ((Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/Twitter)
London Breed was seen violating mask mandates by partying maskless at a nightclub ((Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/Twitter)

San Francisco is still following strict mask mandates despite a decline in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations. All individuals, vaccinated or not, are required to wear a mask to stop the spread of the Delta variant. A tight-fitting mask is required across all indoor public buildings including schools, homeless shelters, care facilities, and hospital waiting rooms. On September 16, mayor London Breed was seen violating these orders while enjoying live music at the Black Cat nightclub in the Tenderloin neighborhood. 

Similar to this incident, earlier this year Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer was spotted violating social distancing norms while dining with 11 maskless friends when the rules only allowed six. Whitmer lifted the restrictions as well as apologized for her mistake after this incident was reported widely. Last month, Nancy Pelosi held a fundraiser in Napa Valley that was attended by maskless guests. In May, the 81-year-old politician was slammed for refusing to ease mask rules in Congress and no one was to take off their mask except for when speaking. 


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Internet calls out London Breed's 'hypocrisy'

Breed was spotted maskless on the dance floor at an indoor event at the Black Cat nightclub along with other attendees. This was clearly in violation of the city's health order which allows removing masks only while "actively eating or drinking." It states, "People are urged to be seated at a table or positioned at a stationary counter or place while eating or drinking."

In the video that surfaced on the Internet, Breed was neither seated at a table neither was she positioned at a stationary counter. The video saw her standing and dancing without any food or drinks in her hand and Breed was also seen posing for photos without a mask. She defended herself after the video appeared saying, "At the end of the day, everyone who comes in here has to show proof of vaccination. That gives me a lot of reassurance.”

She added, “I’ve been very careful, not just because I want to set an example but because I don’t want to get COVID. I also want to make sure that I’m not someone transmitting COVID to other people. This entire pandemic has been focused on keeping people safe.” In another interview, Breed said, "I got up and started dancing because I was feeling the spirit and I wasn’t thinking about a mask.” She further added, “We don’t need the fun police to come in and micromanage and tell us what we should or shouldn’t be doing."

Breed's video has caused outrage amongst the people and a lot of them took to Twitter to express their anger over it. "@LondonBreed I voted for you but this is unacceptable! Practice what you preach. You are supposed to be the role model!" a tweet read. "@LondonBreed There's nothing wrong with admitting you got caught in excitement and screwed up, you're human. But saying that you were following a health order that clearly does not protect what you did sets a dangerous precedent. Covid is death by millions of excuses. Be better," another user wrote.

"Breed was cringy as she tries to deflect and be passive-aggressive when questioned about not wearing a mask. Try using ur free time to fix the crime all over SF. Stop partying and do your job as mayor. If you want to have a normal life, being a major is not for you," another irate user tweeted. "Gotta love the continuous hypocrisy from CA leaders! Mayor London Breed partying and ignoring the rules for us peons. Wasn’t it Newsom who originally said take a bite, put your mask on, take a drink, put your mask on??!! I mean we all have to do that to fly the friendly skies…" another tweet read.