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Anti-masker tries to prove masks don’t work by blowing out candle while wearing one—it backfires

He accidentally proved that masks do work.


Esther Bell

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 29, 2020   Updated on Aug 29, 2020, 4:45 pm CDT

To the dismay of anti-maskers, COVID-19 policies requiring patrons to wear masks are still in place across the country. Anti-maskers are adamant that masks don’t work and have tried to find many ways to prove it. One anti-masker tried to prove that masks don’t work by blowing out a candle while wearing a mask, but it seriously backfired.

TikTok user Jay Binkerd, @just_jay28, posted a video arguing with friends and family members about whether or not masks work. The man in the TikTok video said that masks don’t work and that he would be able to blow out a candle while wearing one. Binkerd argued that masks do work and that the man wouldn’t be able to blow the candle out.

The two decided to put it to the test, and no matter how hard he tried, the man in the video couldn’t blow the candle out.

“How’d that work for you, dumbass?” Binkerd taunted.

Viewers thought the exchange was funny, and some asked for the full story. Binkerd then posted three “storytime” videos explaining the altercation.

According to Binkerd, their friends and family, most of whom are high-risk, were complaining about wearing masks since they “don’t work.” Binkerd spoke up and said masks are effective, which led to an argument.

The two continued arguing, which led to the candle test.

Binkerd said their family told the two of them to stop arguing because things got so heated.

“We both stfu after this & just refused to talk to each other,” Binkerd captioned the final TikTok.


the thrilling finale. we both stfu after this & just refused to talk to each other #covid #masks #fyp #storytime

♬ stan sister mary eunice – divinelykylie

Binkerd’s TikTok received over 200,000 likes and has been shared over 4,000 times. Viewers thought the exchange was funny, and loved that it proved masks work.

Binkerd did not update followers about how things went after the gathering, but it sounds like they were tense.

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*First Published: Aug 29, 2020, 4:34 pm CDT