Sylvester Stallone seemingly suggested on Twitter that Rambo would not wear a mask during the coronavirus crisis. After sharing the post, the Hollywood icon now finds himself on the receiving end of social media backlash.
The 74-year-old actor posted a meme that shows Rambo not wearing a mask. Stallone captioned the meme, “If FIRST BLOOD were to be made today…”
The mask controversy stems from medical experts across the country sharing often conflicting views on the subject. Some urge everyone to wear masks in public while others argue that it is ineffective at spreading the virus.
A number of social media users did not find the meme amusing. In fact, so many users reacted negatively to the post that Sylvester Stallone removed it from Instagram. “I’m not sure we need Rambo’s input, unless the question is ‘how do we obliterate a small village.'” one user wrote.
“Your (sic) telling me a special forces member, who wears a CBRN set up regularly, trained to maintain high hygiene standards and health practices, with an on average higher intelligence. Would not wear a mask to combat illness?” another user tweeted. Are we talking theoretically, because Rambo isn’t real!” one commenter wrote. “We do know that, don’t we Sylvester?”
While people may hold opposing views on mask-wearing, the CDC currently recommends wearing them. On the organization’s website, CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield speaks on the subject. “We are not defenseless against COVID-19,” Dr. Redfield says. “Cloth face coverings are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus – particularly when used universally within a community setting. All Americans have a responsibility to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.”