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“Deadshit”: Ziggy Alberts Slammed By Artists And Fans For Bizarre Face Mask Rant

"Dear people who think having to wear a mask is robbing you of your “basic rights”. You have clearly never experienced an actual infringement of your basic rights."

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Ziggy Alberts has been heavily criticised by artists and fans alike after proclaiming that mandatory face masks mean our “country is no longer free”.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced yesterday that face masks would be mandatory in Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire from midnight on Wednesday due to the surge in coronavirus cases in those areas — not wearing a mask would incur a $200 fine. Andrews called the move “commonsense”, saying it was about “embedding behaviour” that would bring COVID-19 back under control.

“We’re going to be wearing masks in Victoria and potentially in other parts of the country for a very long time,” he said at a press conference yesterday. “There’s no vaccine to this wildly infectious virus and it’s a simple thing, but it’s about changing habits, it’s about becoming a simple part of your routine.”

The announcement spurred Alberts — who has previously come under fire for supposedly spouting anti-Vax and anti-5G views in his latest song, ‘Don’t Get Caught Up’, and who evidently hasn’t come across the words ‘logic’ or ‘reason’ — to release a statement via his Instagram story, in which he wrote that the new rule “strips Australians of their basic rights in what is supposed to be a free society”.

“There is no way I’m going to support, endorse, or encourage mandatory face masks or lockdowns in a free country,” he wrote. “Because our country is no longer free when you can’t leave your house or face fines for not wearing something over your mouth when you try to leave.”

The bizarre rant drew instant criticism online, with artists like Alex Lahey, Gordi (who happens to be a doctor), Babaganouj, and Nina Las Vegas publicly calling him out.

The reaction from the wider public was similarly brutal, with many pointing out the fairly problematic comparison Alberts seemed to make between the Nazi regime and a public health order mandating the use of face masks.

Maybe someone should let Alberts know that simple acts of public safety are the mark of a free and healthy society, not the opposite.