An anti-masker pair really thought they had something when they used masking tape to affix some nasty-looking socks to their own faces as substitutes for actual masks in order to annoy some exhausted Walmart employees while shopping. Instead of making any kind of conceivable impact in favor of their “movement,” they are now the subject of fun among many thousands of social media users who are currently mocking them for taping dirty socks to their own faces.
Taking that tape off after they plastered it all over their own hair must have hurt, too.
Jemima Merkle took a selfie with her and possible brother Judah with these “masks” on and relaying the story of how they intentionally humiliated themselves by taping used socks to their faces and going out in public via Facebook.
“Walmart Security Guard: *sarcastically* thanks for wearing a mask,” she wrote.
“Me: *cheerfully* you’re welcome!”
“Judah: *completely deadpan* of course, we take this very seriously.”
Merkle then used a hashtag to refer to this as “sanity.”
The screenshot of the Facebook post surfaced on Twitter Wednesday on a couple of different accounts, all for purposes of mockery.
Many commenters have pointed out that technically, this isn’t the worst mask anyone’s seen around and the socks actually look like they’re taped pretty securely to their faces, leaving them without gaps on the sides for aerosols to escape. Therefore, Jemima and Judah can go ahead and keep doing this as much as they like if they find it so amusing.
The whole thing got a little less funny when a commenter accused Merkle of being associated with the Christ Church, a cult-like organization that demands women submit to their husbands as second-class citizens and whose leader published a book defending slavery. Jemima may be the daughter of Benjamin R. Merkle, who was formerly an “executive minister” for the Christ Church.