Lana Del Rey is getting schooled about proper face masks on social media after meeting fans on Saturday wearing a sparkly – and medically useless – mesh face mask.
Del Rey, 35, appeared at a surprise reading of her new book of poetry, “Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass,” at a Barnes & Noble in Los Angeles’ outdoor mall The Grove.
At the event, Del Rey wore the same mesh, glittery face mask she had worn for a recent Interview magazine cover shoot.
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Del Rey’s fans were not impressed with the garment choice, which came a day after President Trump and first lady Melania Trump announced they’d been diagnosed with coronavirus.
Los Angeles County COVID-19 guidance states, “You are asked to wear a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth when you must be in public and there are others nearby.” The main purpose for face masks is to prevent potentially passing along the contagious disease. “Masks help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others,” according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
Photos of Del Rey posing cheek-to-cheek with fans went up on Twitter, and fans criticized Del Rey below an Instagram video the “Born to Die” singer posted of herself wearing the mesh mask.
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The most popular comments focused on the mask:
Video: Lana Del Rey Receives Backlash for Wearing a Mesh Face Mask During Book Signing Event with Fans (People)
“I love you sis but please wear a real mask, it’s gives a bad message :(,” wrote user @s0mesickcat.
“ur setting urself up at this point. We cant defend you,” wrote fan @mayahefnawy.
“Lana please wear a real mask i’m begging you be safe,” Instagram user @janeprusko wrote.
NOT LANA DEL RAY WEARING A MESH MASK AT A MEET & GREET pic.twitter.com/3Qcyg5ZDEk
— tea sesh (@TeaSeshYT) October 3, 2020
“Why did Lana Del Ray make a facemask out of foam fruit wrappers?” asked Twitter user @juber_eats.
YALL WHY DID LANA DEL RAY MAKE A FACEMASK OUT OF FOAM FRUIT WRAPPERS? pic.twitter.com/RmymrBIsoC
— james || blm (@juber_eats) October 3, 2020
According to Britain’s The Independent, the singer’s sister, Caroline “Chuck” Grant, told fans Del Rey had “tested negative” and was standing “more than six feet away” from others at the signing.
USA TODAY has reached out to Del Rey’s representative for comment.
Del Rey has not addressed the criticism publicly, but on Sunday posted another video to Instagram. This one featured the singer wearing a leopard-print mask, which she took off at the end of the video.
“Finally, a better mask,” wrote Instagram user @negeenww.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: ‘Wear a real mask’: Lana Del Rey flaunts mesh face mask to meet fans, takes social media heat