A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from January 16, 2022
“It’s not about safety. It’s about control”

"It’s not about safety. It’s about control” is a saying that has been printed on many images. The saying before 2020 referred to gun control, but after 2020 usually refers to government lockdowns, face masks and other measures taken during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

“It’s about control. Not about safety” was posted on Twitter by TheOWF on March 26, 2020. “Beaches and parks are shut down in my area, too.  This is not about safety.  It is about control” was posted on Twitter by PatriotGreg on March 28, 2020. “I cannot see how snorkeling is more dangerous than going to Walmart. It’s not about safety, it’s about control” was posted on Twitter by ANYSEGUY on May 13, 2020. “IT’S NOT ABOUT SAFETY. IT’S ABOUT CONTROL” (in an image, written on a face mask worn by health official Anthony Fauci) was posted on Twitter by Ligia on July 12, 2020.

“It’s not the virus they want to control. It’s you” is a related saying.


Wikipedia: COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. The outbreak was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in January 2020 and a pandemic in March 2020.

Twitter
TheOWF
@theowfguy
Replying to @Rhino184 @MatScoutWillie and 2 others
It’s about control. Not about safety.
12:12 AM · Mar 26, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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PatriotGreg
@GKabanuk
Beaches and parks are shut down in my area, too.  This is not about safety.  It is about control.
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Los Angeles County
@CountyofLA
· Mar 28, 2020
Reminder: beaches and hiking trails are CLOSED. You can walk the dog, go for a run or ride your bike in your neighborhood to get some exercise and fresh air.  #SaferAtHome
6:18 PM · Mar 28, 2020·Twitter for iPad

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ANYSEGUY
@anyseguy
My patience is wearing mighty thin at this point.
I cannot see how snorkeling is more dangerous than going to Walmart.
It’s not about safety, it’s about control...... @ Oceanfront Park https://instagram.com/p/CAIe90UgP6r/?igshid=2k45m7jlx5gl
11:10 AM · May 13, 2020·Instagram

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Ligia
@melaniariz
MASKS!!!!!  https://twitter.com/ShemaWind/status/1282099778164101120
This Tweet is from a suspended account. Learn more
(An image shows federal health official Anthony Fauci wearing a face mask that reads, “IT’S NOT ABOUT SAFETY. IT’S ABOUT CONTROL.”—ed.)
10:11 PM · Jul 12, 2020·Twitter for iPad

Yahoo! Life
Antimaskers turn to mesh, crochet and lace to boycott face covering requirements
Korin Miller
July 21, 2020
(...)
Reviewers say they’ve worn the mesh and crochet masks into stores and have not been questioned, which one said is proof that “it’s not about safety, it’s about control.”

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MyTshirt
@MyTshirt4You
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12:16 AM · Jul 28, 2020·Twitter Web App

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Kenny
@Kennykwh1120
It’s Not about safety, it’s about Control.
(This is als oshown on an image.—ed.)
5:59 PM · Aug 26, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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@ExistentialEDU
Replying to @CDCgov and @CDCMMWR
It’s not about safety
It’s about control
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1:13 PM · Aug 31, 2020·Twitter Web App

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Kenny
@Kennykwh1120
It’s not about safety, it’s about CONTROL
(This is also shown on an image.—ed.)
3:13 PM · Oct 19, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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CandidConservative
@Kandonian
Its not about safety. It’s about control. #DoNotComply
11:27 PM · Jul 29, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Reviewers say they’ve worn the mesh and crochet masks into stores and have not been questioned, which one said is proof that “it’s not about safety, it’s about control.”
Twitter
Chris
@MoscowBeyondo
Replying to @LisaMarieBoothe
It’s about control; not about safety
4:56 PM · Sep 9, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
DM ex DM
@kuhb00m
It’s not about safety - it’s about CONTROL
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Grant Stern is boosted!
@grantstern
· Sep 15, 2021
Replying to @Zigmanfreud
My daughter has no problems with mask wearing in or out of school and she’s your youngest’s age. Kids are great at adapting.
8:15 PM · Sep 15, 2021·Twitter for Android

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Leftist Cronyism is Fascist, Per Mussolini
@obannan
Replying to @beyouonlybetter and @DonaldTurtle
It’s not about a pandemic.
It’s not about a virus.
It’s not about safety.
It’s not about health.
It’s not about kids.
It’s about control.
It’s about power.
It’s about pride.
It’s evil.
It’s a New World Order.
10:00 PM · Sep 29, 2021 from Leander, TX·Twitter for Android

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Sensei Johnny Law
@thomasjbees42
Shockingly, the student who says his teacher duct taped his mask to his head was wearing a mask that says, “It’s not about safety, it is about control.” Yup, not fishy at all.
12:13 PM · Oct 28, 2021·Twitter Web App

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Georgia: U.S. Army Veteran,, Gettr @GaArmyVet1
@GaArmyVet1
Replying to @Trumpeteer14
Not about safety it has always been about control of the people
3:04 AM · Nov 2, 2021·Twitter for Android

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Death or Justice @YouWillLearn/GETTR
@YouWillLearn3
Replying to @SkyNews
It’s not about safety it’s about control
3:07 AM · Nov 10, 2021·Twitter for Android

Twitter
James Melville
@JamesMelville
This is not about safety, it’s about control. And once you see this, it is impossible to unsee.
5:37 PM · Nov 23, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Stacy
@RestoreAcct
Replying to @AceOClubs81 @FaceTheNation and @margbrennan
It’s not about safety. It’s about control.
(This is also shown on an image.—ed.)
6:05 PM · Nov 28, 2021·Twitter Web App

Twitter
TRASHPANDA5150. Chalk/Demon aka Mayo Monkey
@TRA3HPanda
It’s not about safety, It’s about control!
10:36 AM · Dec 8, 2021·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Young Americans for Liberty
@YALiberty
It’s not about safety, it’s about control!
1:00 PM · Dec 19, 2021·Twitter Media Studio

Twitter
Martin Keehn
@MartinKeehn
It’s not about safety
It’s all about control
8:52 AM · Dec 25, 2021·Twitter for Android

Reddit—LetsGoBrandon
Posted by u/BleaklyPossible January 12, 2022
It’s not about safety, it’s about CONTROL
(This saying is also shown on an image.—ed.)

Twitter
1%
@1percenthoughts
Masks don’t work. It’s not about safety or “science” it’s about control. CONTROL.
Wake up.
1:33 PM · Jan 12, 2022·Twitter for Android

Twitter
YCT at St. Edward’s University
@seuyct
Masks, vaccines, and lockdowns are not about safety. It’s about control.
3:23 PM · Jan 13, 2022·Twitter Web App

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The Plandemic
@The_Plandemic
It’s not about safety, It’s about control! #Plandemic
10:23 AM · Jan 16, 2022·SocialChamp IO

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JinTexas
@JinTexas2
Replying to @karol
It’s beyond disgusting to require children of any age, especially children learning how to read and write, to wear a mask all day in school.  We’re ruining our children.  This is not about safety..it’s about control..
10:24 AM · Jan 17, 2022·Twitter Web App

Twitter
BannedFromU
@bannedfromu
How much more proof do you need that this is not about safety, it’s about control!
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Julie Gunlock
@JGunlock
· Jan 16
So, in Alexandria, VA @ACPSk12 officials are making the mask requirements MORE strict in light of @GlennYoungkin EO. NO exemptions and all kids MUST either wear KN95 masks all day or double mask w/at least one surgical mask. @JasonMiyaresVA @LarryOConnor @heatherhunterdc twitter.com/ACPSk12/status…
1:03 PM · Jan 17, 2022·Twitter Web App

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