MANHATTAN BEACH (CBSLA) Beach volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings is under fire on Tuesday for not wearing a mask while shopping.
In an Instagram post with a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, she helps go shopping without a mask as "a little exercise to be brave".
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This is going to be a long post and upset some people. My intention is NEVER to hurt or respect. Please know that. I work my way through these strange times when I question everything. I want to lead my beliefs and stand up for them without offending people, but usually this is unlikely to be done when taking a stand. If this hurts or upsets you, I'm sorry. I work my way through my thoughts and my way through the madness of 2020. I want to be a light, an encourager for the strength + resilience in each of us and I strive to be someone who enables others to be responsible for all sides from taking over your life. It is freedom and deep satisfaction to live this way. I want this for everyone. Let's go…. I got a little practice being brave yesterday and am still a little nervous. I went shopping on without without a mask and for this reason … I recently read a quote that shook me – – THAT WAS NOT DONE, IT WAS AGREED. This statement woke me up and the truth made me obsessed with the question of how I can mindfully and compassionately stand up for my rights and for the freedoms our constitution has granted us all without being inconsiderate or endangering others. We all complain endlessly about the restrictive and arbitrarily selective rules that we are strongly encouraged to follow, and yet we all agree. Not a big fight, just a lot of complaint and strong opposition to this manipulation, but we continue to agree. It's crazy. It has destroyed our society, people's livelihoods, the spirits of our children, and the fabric of our world. We have become a country and a world that are alienated from one another and deeply unhealthy than a virus could ever be. I know that people get sick and that many have gone to heaven. I've lost a lot in my family and in my life. I value life I would never downplay the effects of a single death. This is a conversation of its own, and my heart goes out to all who suffer from ill health, the loss of a loved one, and the fear that the response to and media coverage of COVID-19 sparked in your days. Continued in comments….
Later in the post, she said such restrictions were "not enforced, but rather agreed".
"We all complain endlessly about the restrictive and arbitrarily selective rules that we are strongly encouraged to adhere to, and yet we all agree. Not a big fight, just a lot of complaint and strong rejection of this manipulation, but we still agree. It's crazy . "
Her post met with backlash and disappointment from her fans.
Still disappointed, but not surprised, that Kerri Walsh Jennings chose Anti-Mask Hill to die for. A wealthy white woman who is a professional athlete says we should focus on healthy foods, more sleep, and confidence in our bodies.
– Ben Schwertner (@BSchwertner), September 8, 2020
Just not followed by Kerri Walsh Jennings. People like her will have the US banned from the Olympics and qualifying competitions. So disappointing. #WearAMaskSaveALife
– Andrea Gagliardi @ ♀️ (@ AndreaG114) September 8, 2020
Kerri Walsh Jennings calling herself brave to go shopping without a mask is the stupidest thing I've read today. I really hope that their sponsors reward their bravery by dropping them. https://t.co/bHbaJvwS3P
– 🌸Standing Strong🌸 (@MrsYuuup) September 8, 2020
Sorry, Kerri Walsh Jennings is ridiculous. Bragging about shopping without a mask, "it crushes our society" and so on … Why are people too stupid to get something this simple? The pandemic is shattering society, supported by such egoists. Damn it, grow up some common sense! UUGH
– JulieL (@highkarat) September 8, 2020
In a separate post she apologized to those who upset her.
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My goodness gracious. I feel sorry for those I have pissed off so deeply. For those who are open to hearing where I come from, I appreciate your openness and courtesy. Thank you for expressing your views. For those who call me stupid, selfish, privileged, bigoted, and racist and tell me "You are better than that," I fully acknowledge that it wasn't the smartest thing to do, such an emotional, complex, address nuanced and polarizing topic on social media…. Pages and pages could be written over any page of anyone's opinion, but I chose to do this because I am alarmed for my country – I am broken for my children – I am devastated for every small business owner who has gone under or barely hangs on – I've seen so much conflicting and inaccurate data from experts – and on and on and on – I've researched and talked to experts…. That is why I have made my point of view. At some point we should all stop and take stock of everything that has gotten in our way over the past few months and the response / to these things. If it suits you well or well enough, great. If not, great. We should all continue to respect our virtues, stand up for our faith, and do our best not to cause harm in the process. All I wanted to do was express my belief that FREEDOM IS REALLY COMBATABLE, and amid the chaos, division, fear, and undeniable emotions of this time, I believe we need to be aware of the fact that our Freedoms were slowly being taken from us with our consent. I have a feeling that each of the words mentioned above (fear / chaos / division) is being fueled on purpose and we are becoming a country I do not recognize. The comments section of my last post reflects where we are and it is…. tragic. I'm not entirely sure when we became a world where different opinions equals evil and hatred, but here we are. I am not advocating that people stop wearing masks. I mostly wear a mask. I don't believe in its effectiveness unless it's of a certain caliber, but I wear it. I advocate critical thinking and courtesy. I advocate personal responsibility. Continued below
“For those of you who are open to hearing where I come from, I appreciate your expressing your views. For those who call me stupid, selfish, privileged, bigoted and racist and tell me that you are better than that, I fully acknowledge that it wasn't the smartest thing to do, one this emotional, layered, nuanced and polarizing Address topic on social media. ”
It's not clear where Jennings, who bought a Manhattan Beach house with her husband Casey Jennings in 2017, went shopping without her mask.