George Clooney: ‘Just put a f—— mask on’
George Clooney has a message for those who don’t want to wear face coverings amid the coronavirus pandemic: “Just put a f—— mask on.”
The “Midnight Sky” actor and director spoke candidly about public health measures and those who oppose them during a Wednesday appearance on SiriusXM’s “Howard Stern Show.”
“This thought where everybody is like, ‘Well it’s my freedom.’ It’s like, that’s not how this shit works, dumbass,” Clooney told host Howard Stern.
“Your freedom is this: You’re free to smoke until your lungs turn black, but you can’t do it on the bus. And you’re free to drink until your liver comes out your ass, but you can’t drink and then get behind the wheel of a car,” Clooney, 59, said.
“There have to be certain rules,” the Academy Award winner continued. “This is one that says: Put on a f—— mask and we’ll get through this. We’ve got vaccines coming — let’s save another 60,000 lives before the vaccines.”
After Stern said he couldn’t understand why President Trump, who has described himself as germophobic, refuses to more forcefully get behind mask-wearing, Clooney tore into the former New York real estate developer.
“He was the dumb goofball,” Clooney said of Trump. “He was the guy that came up to us at the Stone Rose [lounge in New York] and sat at our table when he wasn’t invited and then would say, ‘What’s the name of the waitress?'”
“It was like, ‘Well, I don’t know, ask your wife,'” Clooney quipped to laughs. “He was just that guy.”
While Trump earlier this year called the use of face coverings “patriotic” and said he’s “all for masks,” he spent weeks declining to wear one in public. He has also seemed to question the efficacy of masks to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, poking fun during the presidential campaign at then-Democratic nominee Joe Biden for frequently sporting one.