Diplo Headlined A Super Bowl Super-Spreader Party On Saturday

February 8, 2021 / Posted by:

Yesterday’s National Sporting Event has me convinced that American has officially lost the plot in regards to the coronavirus pandemic and now Alexa is just going to go ahead and finish the story and will ping us when The End is out for delivery. And it wasn’t just the Super Bowl, our national need for spectacle, pandemic be damned, extended well past the football field and super-spread out into the streets. CNN reports that a Diplo headlined a party held at Tampa’s WTR Bar & Grill at The Godfrey Hotel on Saturday, was a particularly egregious event that drew thousands of drunken, maskless maniacs and upset officials. But don’t worry, looks like Diplo has been vaccinated for COVID-19 so he’ll probably be fine. But most of us are fucked.

According to CNN, Tampa officials were surprised and upset that event organizers did not follow through on their own stated COVID-19 protocols even though they knew 50 Cent was gonna be there, a sure sign fuckery is about to be afoot. Fifty was on the bill with Diplo for Saturday’s party but also hosted his own party elsewhere, as did DJ Steve Aoki.

The Super Bowl this weekend brought fanfare and celebrities to Tampa, Florida, to the discomfort of city officials.

Rapper 50 Cent and DJ Steve Aoki hosted their own parties, drawing many unmasked attendees in indoor settings. Aoki’s party took place at Tampa’s WTR Bar & Grill at The Godfrey Hotel, while 50 Cent’s was held inside a private hangar at Albert Whitted Airport.

There was also a Saturday night event at the WTR Bar & Grill, featuring Diplo and 50 Cent, and while the same safety measures were listed on the event site, the images were similar to Friday’s party. The WTR Bar & Grill did not respond to CNN’s request for comment Sunday.

Here’s what the event organizers said was supposed to happen before Diplo would give the crowd what they wanted (and what they wanted apparently was the N-word lovin’ Morgan Wallen which Diplo happily played). (via TMZ)

Here’s what the event organizers demanded … “Social distancing procedures will be strictly enforced, face masks will be required for all staff & guests, wellness and temperature checks will be mandatory for entrance, sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the venue, and continued cleaning protocols will provide regular sanitizing.”

Here’s a look at the festivities from the weekend which do not match the above description.

I know that last one’s not that wild but the juxtaposition of the masked staff and the patrons really amused me. In that second one, I was like, sir, you are taking out the WRONG TRASH. CNN says that all this partying has made the Tampa police smadd (that’s mad, sad, and disappointed).

The event also drew the attention of the Tampa Police Department, which spoke out against the party in a statement to CNN.

“Scenes from WTR last night and a few other clubs were incredibly disappointing,” TPD spokesperson Eddy Durkin told CNN.
For close to a year, Durkin said the city educated residents on precautions due to the pandemic and “have recently put a mask order in place for both the entertainment and event zones to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors.”
“When the Governor lifted the capacity restrictions and opened bars, we turned to the tight-knit hospitality community to reopen safe & sound but there’s a level of personal responsibility that must be followed or risk getting shut down,” Durkin said in a statement.
It’s one thing when a parent tries this tactic on a kid to get them to straighten up, but now we’ve got grown-ups smadd at other grown-ups. Meanwhile, I’m terrified to scratch my own nose on my way back from the grocery store!
Pic: Instagram
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