Well, Mr. T used the word “Fool” in a tweet and Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) decided to respond. On Wednesday, Mr T, the actor and former bodyguard and wrestler, tweeted: “I just received my 2nd Moderna booster vaccine and I’m feeling great! I’m still going to wear my mask and keep my distance because the virus isn’t over yet, fool Grrr,” as you can see here:
Other than the word “foolish,” Mr. T in no way mentioned anyone in particular. Nevertheless, something in that tweet apparently prompted Cruz to reply with the following:
Bizarre, indeed. Why the hell would a US senator spend time countering a tweet from Mr. T, who is best known for playing BA Baracus in the 1980s TV series The A-Team and Clubber Lang in the 1982 film Rocky III† Aren’t there more important things to do, like trying to control the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic? What’s next? Respond to a tweet from a Sesame Street character? Oh wait, Cruz already did that in November 2021, when he appeared to have a bird over a tweet from @BigBird. like i covered for Forbes earlier.
You’d think there was nothing really political about what Mr. T tweeted. Mr. T, who was born as Laurence Tureaud, is currently 69 years old and thus falls within the age range of 50 and older of those authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to use a second booster to get. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had also updated their recommendations for a second booster for this age group. So getting the booster wasn’t uncommon.
And Mr T certainly deserves a T on the second part of his tweet. The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is certainly not “over”, despite what some with political agendas may argue. The virus is still quite widespread. The New York Times has reported an average of 29,711 new reported Covid-19 cases, 15,226 Covid-19-related hospitalizations and 599 Covid-19-related deaths per day on April 6. four weeks. With the more transmissible BA.2 Omicron subvariant circulating and people being much more lax about Covid-19 precautions right now, the concern is that there could be a new uptick in cases, as I’ve covered for Forbes† So it makes sense now to keep wearing face masks and social distancing.
One thing that may not have made sense was for congressmen to attend the State of the Union address without face masks. Members of both parties left their noses and mouths quite open, despite the event being held indoors on March 1, 2022. Keep in mind that a full vaccination and boosting can provide good protection, but it’s more like wearing underwear than a concrete full-body condom. It does not provide 100% protection. Just as you wouldn’t go to a Costco with just a thong, it’s better to keep more than one layer of protection as long as the risk of another Covid-19 wave remains relatively high.
Unlike Cruz, a number of people on Twitter offered support for Mr. T, as author and attorney Seth Abramson:
And this is what Emmett Macfarlane, PhD, associate professor of political science at the University of Waterloo tweeted:
Artist Brandon Bird even thought Mr. T might offer a service:
Meanwhile, others on Twitter wondered why Cruz would go out of his way to cut down on what Mr. T tweeted. For example, Holly Jones, a Business Process Analyst, offered the following take:
And Dennis, who is apparently great, regretted it:
While Cruz seemed to point the finger at Hollywood, @CaylinSoo seemed to point it back to Congress:
In addition, other tweets showed amusement that Cruz took on Mr. T:
Mr. T’s catchphrase was, “I pity the fool.” Well, it’s unfortunate that so many people have tried to politicize the Covid-19 pandemic and Covid-19 precautions. Imagine how many deaths and how much suffering could have been prevented if only political leaders had supported and followed science to a T.