For more than a year, right-wing media personalities have unleashed an onslaught of disinformation regarding the pandemic that's killed over 600 thousand Americans.
Even with the widespread availability of lifesaving vaccines proven to be safe and effective, this disinformation has only worsened, with pundits promoting skepticism and outright lies to discourage viewers from getting the shot.
Among these is far-right commentator Candace Owens, who has repeatedly worked to undermine basic safety measures like vaccines and masks, eagerly repeating the false talking points that have led to untold numbers of preventable deaths.
This week, Owens sought a Covid test from a private facility, and a letter of the facility's owner refusing to meet her request is going viral.
Candace Owens was denied service by the owner of a privately owned COVID testing center “It would be unfair to [m… https://t.co/21okBbDB2S— philip lewis (@philip lewis) 1630553214.0
Written by facility owner Suzanna Lee, the letter reads in part:
"We cannot support anyone who has pro-actively worked to make this pandemic worse by spreading misinformation, politicizing, and DISCOURAGING the wearing of masks and actively dissuading people from receiving life-saving vaccinations."
"My team and myself have worked overtime, to exhaustion, unpaid and underpaid this past year, spending our own capital to ensure that our community remains protected. It would be unfair to them and to the sacrifices we have all made this year to serve you."
Owens soon posted a response, calling the email "hysterical" and referring to Lee as a "rabid activist".
Just finished my live on Instagram here: https://t.co/lPjhqVYaGO As promised— here is the email from the rabid act… https://t.co/3RvHH86akA— Candace Owens (@Candace Owens) 1630548413.0
But social media users overwhelmingly sided with Lee.
I don’t know who this Suzanna is but I must find her and buy her a drink 🥂 https://t.co/DH95B3WErc— Heather Gardner (@Heather Gardner) 1630553732.0
Dear Aspen, Suzanna should have a parade when the time is right. https://t.co/lOBOwoHGv1— Eminently 🏳️🌈 (@Eminently 🏳️🌈) 1630555715.0
Candace Owens denied a Covid-19 at a private testing facility in Aspen, CO... Read the e-mail she posted. Bravo… https://t.co/iixWdUT9lz— Lucie Catnip (@Lucie Catnip) 1630555375.0
And they weren't having Owens' rebuttal.
Insists that COVID isn’t a real thing and then gets surprised when she’s denied service… Play stupid games, win s… https://t.co/F3BPdVvscc— A potato (@A potato) 1630595967.0
Can someone explain to me why @RealCandaceO tried to get tested for something she has spent the last year and a hal… https://t.co/wSoSauLJB6— Landscaping America (@Landscaping America) 1630590860.0
Play stupid, deadly games. Win stupid, deadly prizes Candace. You literally brought this on yourself. Also "a PrIvA… https://t.co/KUw0dK4nZZ— TheWrathofCon😷TeamModerna-NoAccountabilityNoUnity (@TheWrathofCon😷TeamModerna-NoAccountabilityNoUnity) 1630577482.0
Lee did, however, provide Owens with directions on how to get a test elsewhere.