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Older Florida Man Throws Fit About Having To Wear A Mask To The Local Walmart

An older gentleman in Florida was captured on video freaking out because he was told that he had to wear a mask to enter the local Walmart. The facial mask has become a hot button issue as some people claim the best tool to defeat COVID-19 is infringing on their rights.

An older man is going viral after freaking out over a Walmart employee telling him he has to wear a mask.

There isn’t a lot of context about the video. However, one thing is clear, the older mand does not want to wear a mask. The video, taken in Orlando, shows an older man being confronted by an employee. The customer was attempting to enter the Walmart without wearing a mask.

The man, who is much smaller than the employee, did not want to hear it. Instead of following the rules and getting a mask, the man starts to physically assault the Walmart employee. At one moment in the video, the employee moves out of the way of the customer, who then fell to the floor in his rage.

Of course, people demanded the resolution of the video.

You can’t just post a video confrontation like that and just stop. The customer makes it into the store, likely because the employee did not want to get in trouble. However, the employees and other customers follow the unmasked man and demand that he leaves. He continues to fight back but it isn’t long that his face registers his defeat.

The man who refuses to wear a mask to protect public health starts to leave the store. On his way, he turns to the employee and yells some final, indistinguishable words.

The man lives in Orlando, where it is required for people to wear a mask when in a business.

The mayor of Orange County, Florida, which includes Orlando, mandated that people have to wear masks when they are in public. The mandate means that this man was supposed to be wearing a mask before entering the business.

Furthermore, many private businesses are requiring customers to wear masks when shopping. All businesses have a right to require customers to wear masks regardless of whether or not a city, county, or state requires it. It is no different than the no shoes, no shirt, no service policy.

The facial mask policy comes as Orange County, Florida is experiencing a COVID-19 spike.

Despite the state’s reopening, some restaurants in Orange County, Florida have had to close during this second spike. The restaurants were not ordered to do so. Instead, the companies took it up themselves to close and customers who had visited has tested positive.

Restaurants in Orange County, Florida have functioned at 50 percent capacity indoors since May 18.

READ: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Blames Latino Laborers In The State For Sudden Spike In Cases

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Selena Gomez and Jennifer Lopez Are Partnering With Global Citizen For ‘Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World’

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Selena Gomez and Jennifer Lopez Are Partnering With Global Citizen For ‘Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World’

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While the United States is as of publication, has vaccinated over 75 million people against COVID-19 since mid-December, the rest of the world is still catching up. Poorer countries, for example, are struggling to procure enough vaccines for essential workers–let alone their entire population.

Luckily, certain charitable business are making it their mission to get vaccines to the most needy. For example, anti-poverty organization Global Citizen has organized a charity concert with the aim of getting COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries.

Selena Gomez will be hosting the concert, called “VAX Live: The Concert to Reunite the World”. And none other than Jennifer Lopez will be headlining.

Selena Gomez took to Twitter to announce her involvement in the exciting project. “I’m honored to be hosting ‘VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World,’ ” she wrote.

“This is a historic moment to encourage people around the world to take the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them, call on world leaders to share vaccine doses equitably and to bring people together for a night of music in a way that hasn’t felt possible in the past year. I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

Jennifer Lopez also took to Twitter to announce her involvement with VAX Live, saying that she is “calling for equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution for all”. That’s a statement we can get behind!

Jennifer Lopez isn’t the only superstar performing. Other acts will include J Balvin, H.E.R., and the Foo Fighters.

Global Citizen has one goal: to raise $22 billion for global vaccinations via corporate and philanthropic donors. They’re hoping VAX Live will bring awareness to their efforts.

“There are 27 million healthcare workers globally who don’t have access to the vaccine,” said Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans to the Associated Press. “I’m 38 years old, and it’s not ethical for me to have access to the vaccine before these heroic first responders and community health workers. So we need governments to start urgently donating those doses.”

Tom Hart, the executive director for another anti-poverty organization, The ONE Campaign, also reiterated the importance of getting vaccine doses into the hands of developing countries.

“Low-income countries not only need this welcome fundraising effort; they need access to COVID-19 vaccine doses,” Tom Hart said.

“The United States has secured over 550 million excess doses that could be used to help end the global pandemic faster.”

You can catch VAX LIVE on ABC, CBS, and iHeartMedia stations on 8:00 p.m. ET on May 8th. It will also be airing on Fox starting at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT the same day. You’ll also be able to catch an extended version on Global Citizen’s YouTube channel on May 8th as well.

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

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It’s 2021 and the Met Gala is back this year – after being canceled in 2020 thanks to a pandemic – with superstar poet Amanda Gorman being eyed to host the fashion event of the year. Given the 23-year-old’s show-stopping performance at the inauguration, the theme fittingly will be a celebration of America and American designers.

The Met Gala will return in 2021 with a very special guest as host.

Vogue’s “Oscars of Fashion” famously takes place on the first Monday of May. However, this year it’s been pushed back to September 13, in hopes that life will have returned to something closer to normal by then.

Epic poet Amanda Gorman is reportedly in talks to co-host the event alongside Tom Ford, who is the academy’s president. The breakout star of President Biden’s inauguration, Gorman is on the cover of the magazine’s May issue and the subject of a relentlessly glowing profile inside.

The black-tie gala, which raises funds for Met’s Costume Institute, is normally fashion’s biggest night and sees guests from Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B to Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and even Maluma.

The event was canceled in 2020 thanks to a global pandemic.

The world’s most glamorous party was canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19, which was (and still is) raging the planet at the time. There was a virtual event in place of the 2020 event, with celebs like Julia Roberts, Priyanka Chopra and Amanda Seyfried showing off their looks from home and stars like Mindy Kaling and Adam Rippon taking part in the #MetGalaChallenge, recreating looks from past years.

This year’s event will draw inspiration from all things USA.

The theme of this year’s Met Gala has not been announced, but Page Six says the night will be devoted to honoring America and American designers, following the 18-month-long COVID crisis in this country.

Recent past themes for the event have included “Camp: Notes on Fashion” (2019), “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” (2018), and “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017). And don’t forget 2016, when Zayn Malik wore robot-arms to Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.

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