Okay, people, in addition to social distancing, can we all agree to ban anybody like this from using cellphones ever again?
Inspired by Ava Louise – a Tik-Tok user who recently went viral for licking an airplane toilet seat – another (wannabe) social media influencer named Larz also posted a photo of him licking a public toilet. Now, he is reportedly in the hospital and has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
Ava Louise is 22. Larz is 21.
Larz’ suspended Twitter account was under the handle @GAYSHAWNMENDES. Larz is the same “influencer” who once opened a tub of ice cream in a grocery store and licked it last year.
Of course, Larz was on Dr. Phil after the video of him licking the ice cream blew up.
Both Ava Louise and Larz had separate interviews with Dr. Phil after their posts went viral. According to the NY Post,
[Ava], the aspiring singer and self-described “skinny legend” shared some crappy words with television therapist Dr. Phil in an interview that aired Thursday, according to Insider…she was so ruffled by Dr. Phil’s criticism of her bizarre viral upload, …that she said, “I’ll pull up and I’ll cough on you.”
…That wasn’t the only stinker of a line she failed to hold back.
“I was, like, really annoyed that corona was getting more publicity than me.”
“I just don’t think that this is as concerning as possibly as it could be, because I don’t have coronavirus… No one I know has symptoms.”
Larz did not come off any better in his interview. He told Dr. Phil, “I don’t talk to my family. They’re irrelevant. None of them have followers. If they got followers or got rich I’d probably talk to them again.”
According to News 18, “Larz reportedly posted ‘I tested positive for Coronavirus,’ with footage of himself in a hospital bed on Twitter, from an account that has now been suspended.”
Sadly, it seems Larz has no remorse for his actions. For him, it’s likely that getting the actual novel coronavirus from his toilet challenge is a pathway to fame.
Here’s hoping it’s not. And here’s hoping Larz, and the nearly 69,000 other United States citizens who have been diagnosed with this infectious, fatal disease, recover.