You may have heard of 'Bunnings Karen'. It's a phrase that has swept the internet over the weekend, representing a group of vocal anti-maskers in Melbourne, where face coverings are mandatory due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Over the weekend, a number of videos emerged of the anti-maskers entering essential services, such as Bunnings Warehouse and the post office, as they antagonised and harrassed workers over the 'no mask, no entry' rule.
Now, a seemingly proud 'Bunnings Karen', Lizzy Rose, has appeared on Today for an interview with hosts Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon. It went so badly that the interview was cut off whilst Lizzy was mid-sentence on live television.
Lizzy was invited on to the show on Tuesday morning to explain her stance against Melbourne's mask mandation, saying this is a matter of "personal choice".
"My health comes first," Lizzy said.
"I have an exemption from wearing a mask," she shared. “I noticed you mentioned in your clip that it was a heated argument at Bunnings. There was no heated argument at Bunnings at all. I was quite calm and within my rights to say what I said. I only started filming to protect myself because of what happened when I was surrounded by staff at Bunnings."
Explaining how the altercation with the Bunnings workers came about, Lizzy said she had "no intention to do anything on a Sunday other than go to my local store, get supplies and leave”.
“I calmly entered the store, nobody approached me. I went past four or five staff and nobody said or did anything to me. I was probably there for five minutes before I was in the shovel aisle trying to work out what to buy... I kept my documents with me, just in case anything happened.
“I have never been asked to produce any documents before where I have gone in shops or supermarkets. But I wasn’t being antagonistic at all. I stated what Daniel Andrews instructed me to state on the Department of Health and Human Services website.
“If I have a medical issue or a reason to be exempt I can simply state that, and that is enough.”
Despite herself having a medical exemption from wearing a mask, Lizzy said she believes "wearing a mask is a breach of your human rights".
"This is my voice. This is about an agenda. This is not just about a virus.”
On top of believing this is a human rights issue, Lizzy also alleged that whilst the coronavirus "is very real", the statistics on the cases are "orchestrated".
"The level and amount of effect it has had is not true. The statistics aren't true," she claimed (with no scientific evidence to back her statements).