LL COOL J found himself at the mercy of Twitter after he fired off a controversial tweet on Monday night (November 16). The “Rock The Bells” mastermind had a simple question for all those people unwilling to wear a mask despite COVID-19 cases exploding in record numbers over the past couple of weeks.
“How can you be pro life but unwilling to wear a mask??” he asked.
Following the tweet, LL faced a cascade of polarizing comments including an answer to his question, “Cause we can’t breathe and we’re going to die wearing that mask” to which he said, “Well stay home and live.”
But some people were furious the Def Jam legend made the comparison at all with one Twitter user writing, “How do you compare deliberately killing a tiny human being to wearing a mask?”
LL’s tweet arrived after the Centers For Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) confirmed over 11 million positive coronavirus cases in the United States alone. According to NBC News, a record number of people have been hospitalized with the coronavirus and the U.S. could see 20 million cases by Christmas if the virus keeps infecting people at the current rate.
“The number of new cases for the three-week period ending Monday nearly doubled to 1.9 million from the previous 21-day tally of 1.07 million,” an NBC News analysis of the latest figures showed. “By November 30, if this trend continues, the U.S. could have 13.6 million cases and by December 21, that number at the current rate could climb to 19.9 million.”
Some people think LL has a point, but others aren’t so sure. Check out some of the reactions below.