From politicians to pastors to angry women in shoe stores, if there's been a covidiot sighting in our state – and trust me, there's been a bunch – we've done our best to criticize and make fun of them for it... especially when they're the Governor!
In fact, it's a beat we've covered so well that we can now even dedicate a whole series to it!
With vaccines being readily available, COVID-19 rates declining, and Kevin Stitt recently declaring an end to Oklahoma's State of Emergency, Hayley and I thought it would be fitting to countdown the 25 Best Covidiots this fine state has to offer.
Here are answers to your obvious questions:
What's a Covidiot? The word has many meanings. In its simplest form, it describes" someone who disregards healthy and safety guidelines about the novel coronavirus." I would say it's "Someone, who through either ignorance, inaction or free-willed opposition, goes out of their way to downplay and disregard the threat and seriousness of the pandemic." That sounds official enough.
How did you determine the list? Just like a Covidiot's views on epidemiology, our list isn't based on science or data, but our biased, uninformed opinions.
Only 25? Dwindling this list to 25 was one of the most difficult things we've ever had to do in the history of this fine site. The people who fell in the 26 - 100 spots were all deserving and would easily make the top 25 in a different state, but with Oklahoma being a conservative, Covidiot-friendly utopia, you have to bring your A-game if you want to be recognized.
Anyway, we're going to drag this thing out over five days like a developing dry cough. Today is 25 - 21. Tomorrow we'll have 20 - 16. Enjoy...