On Sunday of Labor Day weekend, former Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings declared on Instagram her rebellion against mandatory masking. Jennings explained she had recently been inspired to resist restrictions more actively because “our freedoms won’t come back unless we are willing to push back and stand up for them.” She shared that her small act of pushback was to go to the grocery store without a mask.
Predictable condemnation ensued, and on Monday Jennings published a quasi-retraction she titled “Truce.” While Jennings repeated parts of the formulaic apologies typical of stars who incur the wrath of the mob, she didn’t capitulate entirely.
Her final comment voiced a very concrete concern. Jennings said she worries masks are “the potential starting point for so much more,” and that she “truly believe[s] we are on the slippery slope of a mask mandate evolving into a vaccine mandate. That,” Jennings concluded, “scares the [fire emoji] out of me.”
Jennings is absolutely correct. Proponents