*Actors Chris Rock and Rosie Perez popped up at New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s daily press conference Thursday to launch a new PSA targeteting teens and young adults, many of whom have refuse to wear masks and other personal protective equipment amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The two famous New Yorkers, both wearing purple vinyl gloves, had interesting ways of getting their points across. Rock said the city residents should try to make the testing process “a festive occasion.”
“People need to get tested. They need to posse up for testing,” Rock said, adding that the effort is important for protecting elders in the community. “If you love your grandmother, you should get tested.”
Stressing the importance of wearing masks, Perez channeled Notorious B.I.G. lyrics in saying, “Please spread love the Brooklyn way. Get tested. Wear a mask. Mi gente, wear a mask please. This is not a joke, this is not a hoax.”
Rock estimated that about 40% of the people he sees in his Brooklyn neighborhood are not wearing a mask. He also referenced the cultural divide surrounding masks. It’s sad…that our health has become sort of a political issue. It’s a status symbol almost to not wear a mask.”
Watch below, beginning at the 28:12 mark: