As you likely know, the looked forward to MTV Video Music Awards ceremony is coming up rather soon. The event, scheduled for Sunday, is said to be bringing the best of best from the music industry into the Big Apple.
However, as also know, the state of New York, and New York City included, is under strict quarantine orders from Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo. Per the order and the New York State Department of Health, anyone entering the state from one of just about 30 states which currently appear on a travel advisory list must self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days. If you do not, you could be charged with up to 15 days in jail and or a fine of up to $10,000.
Given the order and the strictness with which it has been carried out thus far, many have asked if the VMAs will be held virtually this year, as the Country Music Awards were.
The answer is frank no.
The VMAs will continue as planned in NYC, with all sorts of stars coming in to perform. Oh, and of course, none of those stars will be required to self-quarantine.
Yep, you read that right. Stars like Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, and many more will be crossing the threshold into New York, coming from states like California – which is most certainly on the travel advisory list – and be allowed to carry on as usual.
Well, I guess that’s not entirely true.
Due to COVID-19, the health department is putting a few guidelines in place for the rich and famous, and of course, their crews. According to a spokesperson from the governor’s office who spoke with the New York Post, “They will only interact with other members of the cast and crew and will quarantine when not working.”
In addition, a “special compliance officer” will be assigned to the performers, making sure “rigorous safety protocols, including testing and screening and compliance checks,” are followed. And, of course, the New York City Police Department’s TV and movie unit will be there to ensure that social distancing, mask-wearing, etc. is being done. Because, apparently, this about all police officers are allowed to do anymore.
But if you had planned to travel to see the event as a spectator, you had better forget about it, unless, of course, you arrived a full two weeks earlier so as to comply with the state guidelines enforced on everyone else.
I would say that I am surprised at the blatant hypocrisy of this, but that wouldn’t entirely be true.
After all, this decision is coming from the same leaders who decided that sending COVID infected patients into nursing homes filled with our populations most vulnerable was a good idea. It’s also the same people who have deemed indoor dining at any level unacceptable, as is an outdoor 9/11 remembrance memorial.
Meanwhile, Black Lives Matter protests or protests for anything leftward leaning really, which include thousands of people in close proximity, are pretty much encouraged.
As some Twitter users pointed out, this is just another example of how “the rules apply to thee, not me,” according to those on the political left.
Another user, this one apparently from New Jersey – which as implemented a similar state law – cited, that he can’t even cross the state line to visit his mom or kids “unless I am under a 14-day quarantine,” but “rich privilege musicians” get exceptions made for them.
And this one hits the nail on head by saying Cuomo and his staff give our “Different rules for different bank account sizes. ELITE DEMOCRAT PRIVILEGE!”
With exceptions like this being made, no wonder New York is having a hard time getting its citizens to fall in line. How can anyone take these rules when serious, when it can be seen as clear as day favoritism is in play. As one social media user so wisely noted, “It’s NOT about #Covid19 but controlling YOU.”
If they were really concerned with the virus, they wouldn’t be making these kinds of exceptions. Period. At this point, they might as well just get rid of the mandates completely.