I hate the mask Nazis!
Lana Del Rey is getting schooled about proper face masks on social media after meeting fans on Saturday wearing a sparkly – and medically useless – mesh face mask.
Del Rey, 35, appeared at a surprise reading of her new book of poetry, “Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass,” at a Barnes & Noble in Los Angeles’ outdoor mall The Grove.
At the event, Del Rey wore the same mesh, glittery face mask she had worn for a recent Interview magazine cover shoot.
Del Rey’s fans were not impressed with the garment choice, which came a day after President Trump and first lady Melania Trump announced they’d been diagnosed with coronavirus.
Los Angeles County COVID-19 guidance states, “You are asked to wear a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth when you must be in public and there are others nearby.” The main purpose for face masks is to prevent potentially passing along the contagious disease. “Masks help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others,” according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
Photos of Del Rey posing cheek-to-cheek with fans went up on Twitter, and fans criticized Del Rey below an Instagram video the “Born to Die” singer posted of herself wearing the mesh mask.
The most popular comments focused on the mask:
“I love you sis but please wear a real mask, it’s gives a bad message :(.”@s0mesickcat.
“ur setting urself up at this point. We cant defend you.”@mayahefnawy
“Lana please wear a real mask i’m begging you be safe.”@janeprusko
According to Britain’s The Independent, the singer’s sister, Caroline “Chuck” Grant, told fans Del Rey had “tested negative” and was standing “more than six feet away” from others at the signing.
USA TODAY has reached out to Del Rey’s representative for comment.