Talk show host Glenn Beck said on Wednesday that he is battling COVID-19 for the second time and, most disturbingly, revealed that the virus is “penetrating” his lungs. He treats the disease with a combination of drugs, including ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine, saying on The Mark Levin Show, “My doctors are taking it very hard.”
By making the announcement, Beck became the latest target of people who believe it’s okay to make fun of unvaccinated people who get seriously ill or die. Beck has said he didn’t get the vaccine because he had COVID-19 in 2020 and believed it gave him natural immunity.
On social media, some people were quick to make sarcastic comments about Beck’s disease.
“I just can’t feel sorry for these horrible people. Get vaccinated,” one person wrote. Others offered “thoughts and prayers” sarcastically, and one person tweeted “RIP”.
While many people expressed genuine concern for Beck and wished him a speedy recovery, there is an undercurrent of malice swirling around unvaccinated people who recently became ill. defended by a columnist in the Los Angeles Times.
In a piece titled “Mocking the COVID-19 deaths of anti-vaxxers is creepy, yes — but may be necessary,” Michael Hiltzik considered whether unvaccinated people who get COVID-19 are getting “their righteous desserts.” He seemed to stand out from the vicious ridicule that takes place on Reddit and the website Sorryantivaxxer.com, saying that some deaths are “truly regrettable” – if, for example, they had medical reasons for not getting vaccinated, or if they were “cheated by the misinformation and misinformation being spread by the anti-vaccination crowd”.
But he concluded, “mocking is not necessarily the wrong response” nor is withholding “sympathy and concern”.
“There may be no other way to ensure the lessons of these teachable moments are heard.”
In fact, ridicule is definitely the wrong response, and those who participate in it degrade themselves, not the target of their ridicule. Calling unvaccinated people “Covid Idiots” and celebrating their deaths only widens the divide between those who think the pandemic has been exaggerated and those who think we’re not taking the pandemic seriously enough.
For Beck, a second round of illness couldn’t come at a worse time, as he released a new book this week, “The Great Reset: Joe Biden and the Rise of Twenty-First Century Fascism.” The book examines what Beck believes is an orchestrated effort by elites to rebuild the global economy, using the pandemic and climate change as excuses.
Beck may have gone to Levin’s show to discuss the book, but his revelation about his worsening COVID-19 seemed to surprise Levin, and it was Beck’s health that made headlines today. Coughing occasionally, he said he’d been sick with COVID-19 for about a week but is feeling better, although it’s “a little disturbing” that it’s getting into his lungs.
“I’m not worried about it. I’m really not. I’m so done with this whole COVID thing,” he said. He said he is overweight and has other health problems, and he said everyone seems to be getting sick right now. But he said, “We have to get on with our lives.”