Video showing a group of maskless demonstrators parading through a Target store in Florida and hollering at customers take off their masks has gone viral on social media.
The video, apparently taken by someone shopping in the store, popped up on Reddit, and later on Twitter. It shows some protesters wearing red MAGA shirts or hats and bellowing, “Take it off.”
Anti-maskers in Florida invade a Target pic.twitter.com/Z8TWbl8ihD— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) September 16, 2020
One participant was Cristina Gomez, who shared a livestream of the protest as she marched through the Target in Ft. Lauderdale on Tuesday.
In the livestream, Gomez and others in the group can be heard shouting, “Take your mask off!” and cheering on customers to join them. They blasted the song “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister.
“If an infant doesn’t wear a mask, then no one should wear a mask,” says Gomez in her livestream, before adding: “People looking at us like, ‘What’s going on?’ Isn’t it crazy how people now look at me like we crazy because we don’t have a mask on? I think y’all crazy for having a mask.”
Gomez did not immediately answered HuffPost’s requests for comment.
Another protester, Nathan Babcock, told HuffPost that he thought it was successful and plans to join similar events in the future.
“It’s your right to do what you want, like it’s my right to do what I want,” Babcock said. “If you want to wear a mask and think [it] makes you safer ... That’s absolutely your right, 100%. Just don’t force me to wear a mask ... Because it’s my right not to wear one.”
Babcock said he joined a protest at the store because “all our city halls are closed” and he wanted to express himself: “We have no voice in what is being done to us. That’s why we have had to organize and protest the lockdown,” he said.
Before the protest, Gomez had promoted it with a graphic on her Facebook page, calling it an...