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”.