"Soon, I'll take mine."
The two-time world champ Gabriel Medina caused a little ruckus yesterday when he told viewers watching him play Fortnite on Twitch that ‘cause he wasn’t vaccinated he wouldn’t be competing at the Tahiti Pro in a few weeks.
Bedecked in jewels, Medina, who is twenty-seven, said he’d refused the Brazilian Olympic committee’s offer of a COVID-19 vax prior to the Tokyo Games, and therefore couldn’t meet France’s strict-ish quarantine laws.
“There’s no time to go from Mexico to there, because it’s one after the other. I’ll be forced not to go,” said Medina. “But good. I can rule out a stage, so it’s good.”
Now, as any celeb knows, unless you want to exist as a pariah and in a permanent state of parody and ridicule, you don’t offer any opinion contrary to group-think, however heartfelt.
Hence Medina’s latest Tweet, IG Story.
“Vaccine saves lives, guys! It was a mistake that I couldn’t fit the immunization into my training schedule for this year’s challenges because I was focused on the world championships. But soon I’ll take mine. In the meantime I continue to be careful and follow the safety protocols.”
No word, yet, from Kelly Slater who revealed he wasn’t anti getting jabbed, necessarily, but wanted to sit back a little, examine the side-effects.
Responding to a claim a couple of months back that he was pushing “anti-vax nonsense”, Slater wrote,
“Why does this account always end up with these triggered, bitchy people who can’t take a joke? And second, I’m not anti vax. I’m anti mandating medical procedures. But I’ve never even pushed that.”
Asked whether he’d be getting the vaccine, Slater wrote, “probably not anytime soon… It hasn’t been studied long enough to know long term cons. A friend’s dad also died a couple days after getting it from blood clots, so there’s that. Think I’ll wait for the antibodies naturally if I get COVID.”