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LA Mayor Eric Garcetti dismisses mask controversy: ‘It’s not a real story’


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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti dismissed criticism he received for repeatedly defying his city’s indoor mask mandate to NFL games saying that the controversy “isn’t a real story”.

“I followed county regulations, for example at the Super Bowl, I complied all the time, you are allowed to eat and drink without a mask and I always gave people my face for a picture because it’s what they asked,” Garcetti told Fox Los Angeles. “I think there’s real news out there and it’s not a real story.”

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during a press conference.
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Garcetti continued, “My advice is if you’re mayor, don’t take the mask off for the photo.”

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Garcetti, a Democrat, has faced backlash on social media after he was repeatedly spotted violating California’s indoor mask mandates that were in place until this week. Many of those who criticize Garcetti have pointed out that children in California are required to wear masks in schools, even outdoors, and have expressed frustration that Garcetti has strongly advocated for mask wearing during the coronavirus pandemic.

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti dismisses mask controversy: ‘It’s not a real story’

A view of the video board hovering over the grounds of SoFi Stadium.
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First, Garcetti was photography inside SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles taking a maskless photo with Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson as the Los Angeles Rams took on the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.

Garcetti won even more ridiculous after defending his actions by claiming he holds his breath every time he takes off his mask to take pictures.

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti dismisses mask controversy: ‘It’s not a real story’

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti wears a mask as he listens to other speakers during a press conference near SoFi Stadium
(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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Weeks later, Garcetti was Point without a mask again watching the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl at SoFi Stadium with crowds of others unmasked celebrities.

Garcetti’s office did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment.

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