Not even music royals are safe from mask harassment in Tennessee.
Johnny Cash’s eldest daughter, Rosanne Cash, took to Twitter Tuesday to share her daughter’s story of being bullied for wearing the protective gear, which helps prevent the spread of the coronavirus, while out shopping.
“My daughter lives in Nashville & wore her mask to buy groceries. Guy yells at her: ‘Liberal p—y!’” the 65-year-old singer-songwriter writes. She found the remark offensive not only because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing face coverings to prevent potentially-infected people from spreading the virus — but also because Cash’s daughter is high risk should she get it.
“Back story: she nearly died of H1N1. She was in the ICU for a week, on a ventilator for 3 days. She CANNOT get covid,” Cash, a four-time Grammy winner, continues. “The ignorance & hatred is so painful. She’s trying to survive.”
The tweet has racked up over 212,000 likes as well as a number of people accusing Cash of making up the story to prove a point. “It reveals a lot about you, that you think I would make up a story that used my daughter’s compromised health to make a point,” Cash rebuts, specifying that the grocery store where the incident took place was the “Green Hills Kroger.”
Cash did not specify which of her four daughters, all with former husband and songwriter Rodney Crowell, she was referring to. The musician declined to comment to The Post when reached via a rep.
Face masks have proved polarizing with Americans, with politicians both controversially forgoing them and branding them “cool.” While many New York City businesses now require masks to be worn to enter, one Kentucky convenience store told customers to take off their face masks or “go somewhere else” in what some deemed a “patriotic statement.” (The store later changed its message.)
Following her viral tweet about her daughter’s ordeal, Cash published an essay in the Atlantic about how much she loves being quarantined and her feelings about not being able to tour right now.
— Chuck Arnold contributed to this report.