'Is it entitlement?' Zozibini Tunzi joins outrage over viral 'panty mask' video

25 February 2021 - 12:00
Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi was shocked by the behaviour of the woman in the viral video.
Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi was shocked by the behaviour of the woman in the viral video.
Image: Instagram/Zozibini Tunzi

Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi joined the chorus of outrage about a video of a woman using her underwear as a mask to protest against Covid-19 protocols.

The footage, which was shared widely on social media this week, shows the unknown woman standing in the queue at a supermarket, engaged in a fierce argument with others asking her to wear a mask.

She then reaches down and seemingly grabs her underwear to use as a mask.

The clip drew sharp reaction from users, with many lambasting the woman. Others claimed it was “planned” and the woman had always intended to make a big show of her defiance.

Zozi shared the clip, calling it “embarrassing” and slamming the woman's behaviour.

“What is it? Is it entitlement? That you've never been told in your life that you must do something or you must abide. All of a sudden you must deal with not getting special treatment. Is it that?

“How embarrassing. Just put your masks on or stay home. Geez!”

She later told the woman to “stop putting people's lives at risk”.

When approached for comment, Pick n Pay said that all customers are required, by law, to wear a mask at all times.

“It is a legal requirement to wear a face mask when shopping in a store to protect yourself and others from the risk of Covid-19. We are required to ensure the law is enforced, and thank our customers for their understanding and co-operation,” the retailer said in a statement.

The woman is not the first to pull such a stunt.

A woman in Kiev, Ukraine, made international headlines in May last year after she defied government regulations to wear a face covering in public.

According to Metro UK, she was refused service at a post office because of her defiance and responded by pulling off her underwear in front of queuing customers and wearing it as a mask.


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