Busta Rhymes Goes on Anti-Mask Tirade

"All these little weird-ass government policies and mandates, suck a dick"

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BY Megan LaPierrePublished Aug 24, 2021

A resurfaced clip of Busta Rhymes ranting about COVID-19 onstage at the Seoul Taco's 10th Anniversary Block Party in St. Louis, MI, on June 19 has Twitter up in arms. According to the rapper, the performance was his "second show in front of human life in the last 15 fucking months."

In the video, it quickly becomes apparent that the artist born Trevor George Smith Jr. falls into the camp of people who think public health measures are somehow a form of personal oppression. Though he begins on a note everyone can agree on — "COVID can suck a dick," met by huge cheers — things go downhill immediately afterwards: "All these little weird-ass government policies and mandates, suck a dick. Stop trying to take our civil liberties away."

He continued: "It's called the god-given right of freedom, right? No human being's supposed to tell you you can't even breathe freely. Fuck your mask. Some of y'all might feel differently, but fuck your mask. I can't rhyme to you with a mask on. You can't eat food with a fucking mask on. We can't even see each other smile with a mask on."

But wait, it gets worse! Obviously, the worst outcome imaginable of wearing a little covering on your face to potentially save the lives of loved ones and strangers alike — not to mention yourself — is its deadly potential to throw off your game with the ladies.

"I come from a time where before I used to even want to holler at a chick, I used to have to do shit with my face to let her know that I'm into her," the rapper said. "But all of that energy gets blocked when your mask is on. Energy is important and we are all conductors of fucking good energy."

He admits that he's thankful for the opportunity to become "more empowered" and learn "so much shit" in his time off in quarantine — but, "I wanna see your face, fuck your mask."

Another day, another public figure with a platform revealed to have some really dangerous ideologies they're so kindly sharing with the public.

Watch Busta Rhymes' onstage rant below and see some of Twitter's reactions to the footage.


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