WATCH: Boston mayor OWNED by Instagram Live comments over city's vaccine, mask mandates

Instagram Live commenters demanded Wu's resignation and questioned why the Boston mayor is "mandating medical tyranny."


Boston Mayor Michelle Wu was owned on Instagram Live by a flood of comments lambasting her for mandating COVID-19 vaccination and mask-wearing in the city.

Wu, whose indoor mask and vaccine mandates have left residents frustrated and contending with draconian rules in the third year of the pandemic, was shut down by a tsunami of criticism at a virtual townhall-style discussion on Instagram.

"Why do you hate kids? Teachers? Cops? Firemen?" an anonymous user wrote in the live stream's comments. "You are ruining our great city!" another said, while a similar commenter posted: "You're ruining the city. END THE MANDATES."

Parallel comments poured in questioning, "When will you stop destroying our city with this mandate?" and "Vax doesn't stop [the] spread. Why the mandate?"

"Why don't you care about your people?" the people asked Wu. "Leave Boston," her constituents urged the city's newly-elected progressive mayor.

More critics continued to demand Wu who's "RUINING BOSTON" to end the "MEDICAL TYRANNY," "STOP SEGREGATION," and "allow individual choice."

"Medical discrimination and apartheid," an Instagram user quipped in the replies. "How long will you mandate tyranny?" a fed-up critic asked a stunned Wu.

Others called for Wu's resignation or a recall election. "RESIGN," a heckler typed.

"Mandates cause division and segregation," one stated. "Sad for our beloved Boston businesses," another wrote. "Unmask our kids!" a third observer declared.

The city's current mandates include proof of COVID-19 vaccination and masking for patrons entering indoor venues, such as restaurants and gyms.

"Please stop the indoor vaccine requirement mandate. It does nothing but discriminate and rob people of freedom," a pro-medical freedom individual wrote.

Wu laughed off the awkward tension as her eyes read over the numerous negative comments. "In the meantime, I will try to just fill time by answering any questions anyone has," she chortled. "We see a lot of friends who have different..."

"Oh, Happy New Year!" she pivoted quickly, replying to a friendly commenter with relief. "Year of the Tiger—very, very cute tiger emoji," Wu went on.

Wu was too shocked to speak at times, glancing around the room nervously.

"What's my favorite thing about Boston in the winter?" Wu read an apparent question aloud that didn't appear within scrolling view of the live stream's feed. "I love snow," she giggled before the minute-and-a-half recording ended.

The recorded clip was first posted Thursday on the popular video-sharing platform, TikTok, before the video was circulated on Twitter, garnering thousands of likes, retweets, and further comments blasting the Democrat leader.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker announced Wednesday that the statewide mask mandate for schools in Massachusetts will end Feb. 28, leaving it up to cities to decide whether or not to enforce the COVID-19 restriction. Wu said Thursday she will not drop the mask-wearing requirement for children in Boston's K-12 schools.

Wu insisted at a City Hall press briefing that she was not ready to see Boston Public Schools lift its masking mandate at the end of the month, a day after the GOP Massachusetts governor declared that beginning in March, the decision to require masks for school-aged kids would be made by local leadership.

"The city of Boston is not ready to lift our mask mandate, and so ours will stay in place for the time being," Wu told reporters at Thursday's press conference.

Wu was elected Boston's mayor after former Mayor Marty Walsh was picked by President Joe Biden last year to be the administration's Labor Secretary.


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