Las Vegas Councilwoman Michele Fiore has previously been criticized for her responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, she’s tweeted a photo of herself wearing a mask, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to offer much protection. Making light of the matter, she called it a “N69” mask, and suggested that it looked a lot like a pair of lacy panties.
In the tweet, Fiore’s face is partially covered by a very lacy mask. As one commenter put it, it resembles a doily more than panties. However, Fiore made light of mask mandates, calling the item an “N69” mask (a play on N85 and N95 masks, named for their filtration level, and a sexual reference) and telling commenters to not “get your panties in a wad.”
I don’t always take a photo w a mask on but when I do, it’s my #N69Mask❤️ Thanks for lovely messages on my N69Mask-it does come w protection (filter) we removed it for photo to show detail-Lots of comments on N69Mask as panties-To those: Don’t get your panties in such a wad. 💋 pic.twitter.com/KMHVMWlKvQ
— Councilwoman Michele Fiore (@VoteFiore) July 10, 2020
Twitter users expressed frustration with her mockery of mask-wearing.
The fact you are calling it an N69 Mask should tell everyone that you are just trolling. Not fit to represent anyone…
— Mike Nolan (@Bigmikelv) July 10, 2020
I have family that live in Las Vegas – including one who is a mortician – I keep them just as much in my thoughts during this pandemic as I do my friends and family that live elsewhere. I hope they are not put at greater risk by this garbage post.
— Stacey Cook (@essay_cook) July 13, 2020
Mocking masks, im Embarrassed to call your my counsel woman.
— Linda (@Lgburks) July 12, 2020
Fiore was previously criticized for pushing for Las Vegas to open back up, despite the pandemic, and saying that she assumes everyone is a carrier of the virus. Newsweek reports that as one of the people involved with planning to reopen the city, Fiore had previously shown her lack of expertise in the scientific and medical fields by saying that she believes cancer is a fungus that can be flushed out of the veins with salt water, and decrying the fact that this isn’t an approved treatment.
She ended up resigning from her position as mayor pro team of Las Vegas last month, after making racist comments to express her feelings about affirmative action, comparing the qualifications of her “white a**” to “someone’s black a**.”
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