Former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin has sparked controversy this week after filming herself without a face mask at LAX airport.
Palin, who became the first Republican female vice-presidential nominee back in 2008, posted the video to her Instagram account...
Where, quite giddily, she informed her followers that she was "going rogue."
Now, many people were left a little confused by her behavior...
Because just a month ago, having fallen ill with COVID-19 herself, she had actually urged her followers to wear face masks.
In a statement to PEOPLE Magazine, Palin had said:
"I strongly encourage everyone to use common sense to avoid spreading this and every other virus out there."
"There are more viruses than there are stars in the sky, meaning we'll never avoid every source of illness or danger."
"But please be vigilant, don't be frightened, and I advise reprioritizing some personal time and resources to ensure as healthy a lifestyle as you can create so when viruses do hit, you have at least some armor to fight it."
She even joked that she had some practice wearing a mask indoors when she appeared on The Masked Singer, saying:
"Through it all, I view wearing that cumbersome mask indoors in a crowd as not only allowing the newfound luxury of being incognito but trust it's better than doing nothing to slow the spread. And history will show we Masked Singer visitors were masked before being masked was cool."
She also revealed that her whole family had fallen ill with the virus...
Noting that one of her daughters had woken up with no taste or smell, which is a symptom of the virus. Her daughter "immediately had a positive COVID test, then was quarantined in isolation," Palin said in her statement.
Well, having recovered with no lingering health complications, Palin seems to have relaxed on the safety front...
And she decided to show off her new attitude on Instagram, of all places.
Quite predictably, people were less than impressed with her stunt...
@TMZ man, CRAZY really ages you— Robert (@Robert)1620831861.0
@TMZ She is the Ultimate Karen Queen!— @realityRod (@@realityRod)1620831571.0
@TMZ Has anyone told her how covid effects seniors even harder she really should not take risks— Eric 🥃 🇨🇦 (@Eric 🥃 🇨🇦)1620831625.0
@TMZ Once a piece of trash, always a piece of trash.— deb (@deb)1620832452.0
@TMZ Watch her get put on the no fly list— Lucky_130 (@Lucky_130)1620833382.0
@TMZ And she ran for Vice President - remember that.— Cleopatra Dawn (@Cleopatra Dawn)1620831750.0
@TMZ Didn’t she tell people weeks ago to wear mask after she contacted coronavirus?— Megan Smith (@Megan Smith)1620832569.0
@TMZ Didn’t she just have a bad case of COVID and was telling everyone to follow guidelines? These people are god damn lunatics.— Jules78 (@Jules78)1620832322.0
@TMZ Only in America does this clown get anywhere in life.— Roddy Rod (@Roddy Rod)1620831581.0
@TMZ Go crawl back under your rock Sarah. NO ONE has missed your ignorant @ss.— Kimberly Blair (@Kimberly Blair)1620832225.0
In her video, she joked about being "outside," meaning down here in the States outside of Alaska.
Before explaining that she's "on a layover in LAX, and I'm going rogue."
"I can't get busted for not having my mask on, or I won't make it home."
Here, she pretended to put her mask back on in a jokey fashion, before letting it hang around her ears once more.
You can watch the full video below.
Palin is yet to address the video.