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Spectator by Seema Goswami: Face up to hypocrisy

Jul 24, 2023 07:21 PM IST

Mask-wearing has gone from being a socially responsible habit to becoming a class issue

I was at a wedding reception last fortnight when I first noticed it. The guests were pairing their best finery with their most dazzling smiles. But the staff that was serving them in uniform were all wearing masks. From the valets who were helping to park cars, to the waiters who were passing around the snacks; from the chefs who were slaving over hot stoves in the open kitchens to the bartenders mixing cocktails with a flourish -- every single person in a service role was wearing a mask. And everyone who was being served was barefaced.

Now that Covid is on its way out, the upper and middle classes have decided to ditch their masks. The same freedom has not been granted to those who serve them. (Shutterstock)
Now that Covid is on its way out, the upper and middle classes have decided to ditch their masks. The same freedom has not been granted to those who serve them. (Shutterstock)
We ask those who are below us in the food chain to keep their masks on for one simple reason: because we can. (Shutterstock)
We ask those who are below us in the food chain to keep their masks on for one simple reason: because we can. (Shutterstock)
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