Actor Kevin Sorbo has a firm stance about the reemergence of mask mandates across the United States.
Regional upticks in COVID-19 cases have prompted organizations across the country to bring back mask mandates, despite hospitalization rates remaining low in 97% of the country.
Several different hospitals, including California based Kaiser Permanente and Upstate Medical University across the country in New York, will now require patients, employees, and visitors to mask up in their facilities.
On Monday, Atlanta’s Morris Brown College announced that students and faculty would be required to wear masks during the fall semester due to “reports of positive cases” on campus.
I’m not wearing a mask. You can stay home if you don’t feel safe.
— Kevin Sorbo (@ksorbs) August 23, 2023
They also reinstated “physical distancing,” “isolation and quarantine,” and “contact tracing,” amongst other pandemic era protocols for the next 14 days, which means no back-to-school bashes for the student body.
Deadline reported that Hollywood studio Lionsgate instituted a mask mandate in response to several staffers testing positive for the virus.
Unless they have their office door closed, or are actively eating and drinking, employees must wear medical grade masks while inside of the building.
The most iconic photo of all time. pic.twitter.com/WYwmPV0nra
— Kevin Sorbo (@ksorbs) August 25, 2023
Sorbo, who has acted in a handful of Lionsgate films took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to denounce the requirement.
I’m not wearing a mask. You can stay home if you don’t feel safe,” he tweeted on Wednesday afternoon.
Sorbo’s reaction was a complete contrast to Halloween star Jamie Lee Cutis’s social media sentiment.
She posted a black and white photo of herself wearing a cloth face covering with the bottom half of Michael Myer’s iconic face mask printed on it.
“And we’re BAAAAACCCCKKKK,” she captioned the image on Instagram. “No, not Michael Myers but masking will be. COVID is on the rise.”
Now Hollywood is rolling out it’s stars to push the mask narrative.
Would you listen to someone like Jamie Lee Curtis? pic.twitter.com/7CtotAN9HZ
— Oli London (@OliLondonTV) August 23, 2023
“SO MANY friends now are really sick. BE MINDFUL. WEAR A MASK if required or even if you feel unwell and are out in public spaces,” Curtis concluded.
Sorbo, who rose to fame in the mid-90s as the titular hero of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, said that his options are responsible for his cancellation by Hollywood.
The Andromeda star told Fox News that he was cancelled in the film industry over his “Christian” and “conservative” beliefs.
“It was sad to me, you know, my manager and agent for so many years said that we can’t get you jobs anymore, work with you because of you being a Christian, being a conservative,” Sorbo said.
“And I almost had to laugh at that because it’s an industry that screams for tolerance, and yet it’s a one-way street,” he continued.
“It screams for freedom of speech. But Hollywood’s a one-way street as well. And that’s just too bad, you know. But I love the industry. I love the movies and TV.”
I wonder if this is inciting an insurrection.
— Kevin Sorbo (@ksorbs) August 16, 2023
The actor and his wife Sam Sorbo had to form a production company to get his latest movie made.
“Miracle in East Texas,” which they both star in, is based on the true story of two con men trying to rip off a group of widows through an investment scam.
Their production company focuses on producing family-friendly faith-based entertainment that Sorbo can’t get made in mainstream movie studios since he was “blacklisted” and dropped by his longtime agent.
I’ve noticed a lot of presidential candidates seem to think they’re running to be president of Ukraine, not America.
— Kevin Sorbo (@ksorbs) August 24, 2023
“I mean, here’s the thing,” he explained. “We have such a huge divide in our country right now, and it’s perpetuated by the mainstream media, perpetuated by movies, TV.
“I don’t harbor that kind of anger and hatred towards people,” he concluded. “I have a different point of view.”