Kathy Griffin gives perfect response to anti-vaxxer calling COVID mandates ‘gay’

Headshot of Kathy Griffin on the red carpet smiling

Kathy Griffin basically said what we were all thinking when she delivered an epic clapback against a protester who called vaccine mandates “gay”.

Over the weekend, a photograph of a man in California holding a sign reading “Mandates, sounds gay to me” went viral. We guess he hasn’t heard about manholes just yet.

The sign was picked up by Patriot Takes, a Twitter account that monitors right-wing rhetoric on social media.

“These are the people that peaked in middle school,” it wrote, subseqently drawing the attention of Kathy Griffin.

“In response to this sign,” the 60-year-old comedian tweeted on Sunday (24 October), “I say: ‘Well then, maybe that’s why I love vax mandates’.”

You and us both, Kathy. Scores of Twitter users joined in dunking on the anti-vaxxer, joking: “It’s Pfizer and Eve, not Pfizer and Steve.”

California governor Gavin Newsom has led the nation in rolling out a string of vaccine mandates across state-run agencies, healthcare services and schools.

Overall, such mandates do help give hesitant holdouts a final push to get the jab, preliminary data has shown.

Around three out of four Californians have been inoculated with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to data from the state’s Department of Public Health.

Among them is Kathy Griffin, who shared a photo of herself getting a booster shot as well as the flu jab – one in each arm.

“Fear me,” she joked earlier this month.

Newsom’s mandates, some of the most stringent in the nation, come at a time when the coronavirus has continued to tear through the US, claiming more than 700,000 lives and gnawing at the economy.

Nevertheless, around 22 per cent of Americans nationwide would describe themselves as opposed to vaccines, a study by the Texas A&M University School of Public Health published in May found.

“We found these results both surprising and concerning,” said the school’s assistant professor Timothy Callaghan.

“The fact that 22 per cent of Americans at least sometimes identify as anti-vaxxers was much higher than expected and demonstrates the scope of the challenge in vaccinating the population against COVID-19 and other vaccine-preventable diseases.”