John McAfee, former founder of McAfee Antivirus Software, was reportedly arrested in Germany for making an unwelcome fashion statement with his face cover when he wore a woman’s thong – instead of a face mask – over his head.
McAfee tweeted out on Monday that he had been detained because he wouldn’t put on a medically certified mask instead of the thong.
He wrote: “Visited Catalonia just before Europe banned Catalonians from travelling. Tried to return to Germany and were refused entrance. They demanded we wear masks. I put on my thong mask. They demanded I replace it. I refused. Tussle. Jail. Black eye. Released.”
I was jailed:
Visited Catalonia just before Europe banned Catalonians from travelling.
Tried to return to Germany and were refused entrance. They demanded we wear masks.
I put on my thong mask.
They demanded I replace it. I refused.
Tussle. Jail. Black eye. Released. pic.twitter.com/B8SW2VBzSm
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) August 11, 2020
“Trivial issue but waiting for high level beaurocrats [sic] to arrive. Slow bastards, as you know,” he wrote while the issue was unfolding. “My Coronavirus mask is the problem. I am insisting it is the safest available and I’m refusing to wear anything else — for my health’s sake. Authority!?!?!?!?” he continued.
“Going to have to cancel the Red Scarf Society meeting. I am so sorry. Note to future adventurers: Always joke with you [sic] captors. No matter what,” he concluded.
Then, his wife said she would take over his account “until John escapes (usual method), bribes someone (very quick – might be out in a few hours), retains the right lawyer (will be a few days) or becomes warden of the jail, in which case we will have to force him out.”
His wife, Janice, continued: “He was not arrested for wearing the thong as a mask. He was arrested for refusing to replace it with a ‘medically certified’ over the ear mask. I refused as well. But they chose to arrest John, and leave me be.”
She later left on a private jet back to Munich without John.
“I’m following John’s instructions and heading back. He assured me he would be released,” she later said. In a Tweet later in the day McAfee said he was “back in Belarus” and commented:
“I cannot speak publicly about my fun and games yesterday, regrettably, but after a few hours sleep I will be back with my usual stream of conscious [sic],” he added.
Godspeed, John. Godspeed.