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Stephen Curry’s pro-face mask message on Facebook ignites comment war

The NBA shared a video message on Facebook earlier this week in which Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry pleads with people to use face masks when out in public when social distancing is not possible.

Arguably to no surprise given the current climate when it comes to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the public-safety message posted Monday incited a contentious war of words in the post’s comments section.

“I want to encourage you to continue to practice social distancing,” Curry said in the video. “Being safe and precautious every step of the way, but most of all continue to wear a mask. It’s extremely important in terms of stopping the spread of this virus, in terms of protecting yourself and others.”

There of course were no shortage of disparate and disparaging remarks left on the post, both in favor and against the use of face masks, as well as in response to other user’s comments.

Some commenters disagreed with the sentiment, however, calling into question the legitimacy of the preventive measures, writes the New York Post.

“The mask is not good for your health!” commenter Jason Lansdell wrote. The comment received 107 likes and 41 replies, one of the top comments on the post.

“For the record the word ‘social distancing’ doesn’t even make sense,” Mac Johnson said.

It’s obviously comes as little shock that a post from the NBA — which boasts over 40 million followers on Facebook of myriad political stripes — would elicit a significant outpouring of opinions.

The debate over face masks in public has become a vitriolic flashpoint amid an evolving culture war over whether or not they should be worn to slow the transmission of COVID-19. Evidence of how polarizing the face mask debate surfaces nearly every day on social media, including footage of confrontations in stores over people either wearing or not wearing them.

The NBA of course is among the most active of the major professional sports leagues when it comes to speaking out on hot-button issues, so the Curry video falls in line with the league’s typical approach to such matters. Even with some of the pushback to Curry’s post, there is little chance the NBA will alter its social media habits when it comes to putting its message out there concerning such matters.