Why The Internet Is So Upset About Alyssa Milano's Face Mask

Alyssa Milano recently shared a photo on Twitter of her family in the car wearing face masks, presumably about to go out in public (via Today). Seems like they are taking the right safety precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 right? Wrong, at least according to some. People were quick to jump all over the actress, who posted the pic to promote safe habits during the pandemic, because her face mask was crocheted and clearly had holes in it, as crochet tends to feature. Let's just say commenters were less than forgiving.

Milano's critics tweeted their concerns by sharing such gems as, "Do you use cheesecloth as birth control, just wondering," and "Your idiocracy really is the gift that keeps giving. Thank you," and "Damn, there goes my supply of Fishnet Stockings....." Ouch!

But Milano was quick to defend her choice, schooling those who condemned her crochet face mask that appearances can be deceiving. The actress tweeted that the "mask has a carbon filter in it. So, yes, it might be crochet but totally safe." She also shared a photo of activated carbon filters, which she presumably was wearing inside her face mask.

Alyssa Milano's face mask is controversial despite her defense

To help Milano further illustrate her point, user @Mrs_Kity shared an image of the inside of a crocheted face mask with a carbon filter. Plenty of other fans shared images of their favorite face masks in support of Milano. Others were critical of the star for another reason, saying they had to wear face masks on the front lines of the battle against the virus, and didn't look at masks as a fashion statement, but rather as the difference between life and death.

No matter your take on Milano's face mask, it seems her post certainly raised awareness; it's just not clear exactly what we're more aware of now. That filters are important parts of face masks to keep us safe (incidentally, you can are use coffee filters inside your face mask to help protect you)? Or did she simply raise awareness about how you will never please everyone, no matter your intentions?