Anti-Mask Protesters Storm Century City Mall in Los AngelesJanuary 4, 2021
“This thread is so embarrassing to the human race,” filmmaker Judd Apatow tweeted in reaction to Sunday protests
Photo: Samuel Braslow/Twitter
An anti-mask protest broke out in Los Angeles Sunday that began at a Century City Ralph’s grocery store and then moved to the nearby Westfield mall, leading to minor altercations and the police at times intervening.
The protest, captured in a series of videos from a Twitter thread Sunday and live-streamed by the protesters, took place as Los Angeles COVID-19 cases soar, as safer-at-home orders remain in effect and as Southern California ICU are stuck at 0% availability.
“This thread is so embarrassing to the human race,” filmmaker Judd Apatow said in a tweet.
At the Ralph’s grocery store, one woman claims a man hit her and began pursuing the man with a shopping cart as other protesters shouted. The woman then was seen kicking the man. Another protestor called a shopper a “mask Nazi” and said he didn’t have to wear a mask because he had tested negative for the virus.
The protest then moved to Bloomingdales and other stores throughout the Century City mall. Protesters were asked to leave various stores and had a brief dance party to the tune of YMCA in the corridors. When one shopper says that her father was in the hospital with COVID-19, the man shouted back that, “People die. Your father’s not special.”
LA Mag contributor Samuel Braslow, who shared the Twitter thread, said that police briefly intervened involving a shopper who allegedly pushed a protestor, but no charges were pressed.
The Twitter thread concludes with a video of one woman appearing to be detained by police. LAPD did not immediately return a request for comment.
It’s the latest example of an anti-mask demonstration after TMZ reported that another organized anti-mask group staged a similar event over the New Year’s holiday.
See the full Twitter thread below.
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