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Michael Moore says Texans don't deserve Covid-19 shot as state lifts mask mandate, Internet dubs him 'disgraceful'

Filmmaker Michael Moore sparked criticism on social media by tweeting, 'COVID is a hoax! So u don’t need our precious vaccine'
Filmmaker Michael Moore spoke up against Texans over Governor Greg Abbott's decision to reopen the state amid the coronavirus pandemic (Getty Images)
Filmmaker Michael Moore spoke up against Texans over Governor Greg Abbott's decision to reopen the state amid the coronavirus pandemic (Getty Images)

On March 2, 2021, Texas Governor Greg Abbott lifted a state mask mandate and said he was authorizing business restricted because of the coronavirus pandemic to open “100 percent”. Following the announcement, several people condemned the governor’s decision as it might lead to a surge in Covid-19 cases. Controversial filmmaker Michael Moore has also slammed the state for its decision to reopen amid the pandemic. Moore’s harsh words, however, against the State of Texas did not sit too well with several Texans.

Moore wrote in a tweet, “Texas - we hear you. You didn’t want to be part of our electrical grid. And now you’ve removed your mask mandate & are allowing large crowds to gather. We hear you! COVID is a hoax! So u don’t need our precious vaccine. We’ll send it to ppl who are saving lives by wearing masks.” Moore’s remark was quickly deemed insensitive by several people on the internet.


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Moore’s remarks come after Abbott’s decision to lift the mandate. In a speech to the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, the Republican governor said, “Too many small business owners have struggled to pay their bills. This must end. It is now time to open Texas 100 percent. Every business that wants to be open should be open.”

Several Texas lawmakers have shared their thoughts on Abbott’s decision to remove the statewide mask mandate. Texas Rep. Erin Zwiener posted a photo shortly after the announcement from her office and wrote, “Masks are one of our best tools to slow the spread of Covid-19, and ours aren’t going anywhere.” Similarly, State Rep. Gene Wu also criticized the announcement. He tweeted, “The mask mandate costs the public next to nothing. Scientists and doctors have praised the efficacy of masking up.”

Filmmaker and activist Michael Moore (Getty Images)

However, it was Moore’s harsh remarks that have caught the attention of social media users. In a follow-up tweet, Moore hit his followers with some statistics about the state’s coronavirus response, including the ongoing issues with Houston. He wrote, “Btw- Houston is the first city in the country to record the presence of ALL the new variants of the coronavirus. The rest of us must find a way to protect ourselves from the policies and politicians of Texas.”


"Michael Moore is disgraceful"

Many criticized the ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ director for saying Texans don’t need the Covid-19 vaccine, regardless of whom they vote for in the election. One person wrote: “There are more Democrats in Texas than there are total populations in most states. You’re generally pretty idiotic and have recently tacked to a new career of being professionally and embarrassingly wrong, but this is a new level. Congrats!” Another tweeted, "As so many of us have said for so long, Michael Moore is disgraceful. @MSNBC embarrasses itself by having him on so often." Another tweeted, "There are a whole lot of us here in Texas who have worn our masks whenever we went out, social distanced, and did everything we could to prevent the spread of this virus. And we will CONTINUE to do that. So the haters like Michael Moore can kiss my grits."




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