MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said Thursday she had to work on reprogramming herself to no longer consider unmasked people a “threat” and called on others to do the same now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said vaccinated people can go without a mask in most situations.
“I feel like I’m going to have to rewire myself so that when I see someone out in the world who’s not wearing a mask, I don’t instantly think, ‘You are a threat,’” Ms. Maddow said in her closing monologue. “Or you are selfish or you are a COVID denier and you definitely haven’t been vaccinated. I mean, we’re going to have to rewire the way that we look at each other.”
Ms. Maddow‘s comments came after CDC Director Rochelle Walensky appeared on the show to address the announcement that the CDC updated its guidance for fully vaccinated individuals, saying they can now ditch the mask indoors and outdoors unless on buses, trains, planes and public transportation.
Ms. Maddow said she had a lot of “personal feelings” and was “very nervous” about what the new guidance meant for social situations moving forward.
“As we change that as a country, we are going to look at each other differently and have to unwire our preconceptions about what a mask or lack of a mask means,” she said.
“With this changing guidance we’re going to now have changing norms and we gotta give each other space to have feelings about that as we go through what’s going to be a big change that’s going to create a lot of visceral reaction in a lot of us just in our day to day lives,” she added. “Big day. Big change.”