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Lana Del Rey sparks controversy for wearing mesh face mask when meeting fans

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommend wearing a mask in public to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19, but Lana Del Rey is in hot water for the one she supposedly wore during a meet and greet with fans.

The “Summertime Sadness” artist spontaneously held an “impromptu signing” Friday at a Los Angeles Barnes & Noble to promote her book of poems Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass.

Unfortunately for Lana, the surprise book signing went over like a lead balloon once photos of the meet and greet were shared over a series of Instagram posts.  

The bone of contention is over the 35-year-old singer’s glittery mesh face mask, with fans pointing out she wore the equivalent of a fishnet stocking, which does nothing to stop the spread of the contagious virus.

For the record, the CDC strongly recommends wearing full coverage masks — like cloth, medical or N95 masks– that effectively trap the droplets people naturally expel when talking, sneezing or coughing.  

Concerned followers slammed the Grammy nominee for wearing an ultra porous mask, accusing her of failing to protect the health and safety of her fans, personnel and even herself.

Others begged Lana to apologize, as one fan implored, “I love you sis but please wear a real mask, [it] gives a bad message.”

While the singer has yet to clarify the situation or address fan theories that she wore the mesh covering for her Instagram shoots before switching to a proper one, Lana did post a video Sunday of her reading a poem while wearing a cloth mask.

While her 17.3 million followers were appeased by her choice of mask this time around, the main consensus was that the “Doin’ Time” singer needs to address the controversy before it’s too late.

By Megan Stone
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