Netflix PH shares Valentina’s ‘I’d like to keep it on, please’ moment amid gov’t’s proposed easing of face mask use

September 8, 2022 - 5:00 PM
Valentina in RuPaul
Screengrab of Valentina in "RuPaul's Drag Race" in season 9 in this video uploaded on YouTube on December 2019 by MsMojo (Screengrab from YouTube/MsMojo)

“I’d like to keep it on, please.”

Netflix Philippines on Wednesday posted a still of American drag queen Valentina with a subtitle bearing these lines. It was captured from an episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.

The streaming platform uploaded the post, with a face mask emoji as caption, amid reports that the government’s pandemic task force has proposed to ease face mask use outdoors in “low-risk settings.”

In the post, Valentina could be seen wearing a stylish mask on the reality competition series. She is directing the famous line to RuPaul Charles.

The still is a reference to one of the controversial moments in the American drag race show, specifically its ninth season run in 2017.

One of its episodes featured a lip-sync face-off between Valentina and Nina Bo’nina Brown, where the former arrived with a fashionable face covering.

Valentina was performing midway when RuPaul stopped the music and told her to remove it for judging purposes since it was a lip-sync competition.

“I would like to keep it on, please,” Valentina told her.

“So I stopped this lip-sync for nothing,” RuPaul shot back.

The drag race show uploaded a clip of the moment in May 2021, amid the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, in which face masks are essential.

Meanwhile, the still was uploaded by Netflix PH around the same time the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) bared its proposal to ease face mask use among the public.

The post was quote tweeted by a Pinoy Twitter user who commented, “Me at the end of the month because I’ve been forced to go to the office.”

On Wednesday, health department officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said that the task force has recommended the voluntary use of face masks outdoors in “low-risk settings” and only among “low-risk individuals.”

“Ni-liberalize natin ‘yung paggamit ng masks sa outdoors pero doon sa low-risk individuals and in low-risk settings, meaning hindi sila matanda, hindi sila immunocompromised. And low-risk setting, ibig sabihin, doon sa mga area na hindi matao at saka maayos po ang daloy ng hangin,” she said in a press briefing.

She stressed that the proposal is not yet a policy and that it would be piloted towards the last quarter of the year, provided there is an improvement in the country’s COVID-19 booster vaccination coverage.

The proposal comes after Cebu City’s executive order on easing face mask use gained buzz.

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