SAN DIEGO – Move over, Mariah. There’s a new Christmas diva in town and she’s apparently no fan of pandemic restrictions.
Donning a red and white Santa cap, the woman, who identified herself as “Bridgette,” stepped to the mic during Tuesday’s public comments portion of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors meeting. Although not the only one opposing an extension of the local health emergency order — which later was approved on a 3-2 vote — she was the only one who came with a rendition of a beloved holiday pop staple.
She urged the body to “end this emergency” before breaking into song.
The “All I Want For Christmas Is You” variation has a little bit of everything. It namechecks the antiparasitic drug Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine. It pushes back against so-called “useless masks” and makes a plea for her children to go to school. It’s also a little pitchy and comes with a slow side-to-side jig.
“I just want my freedom now,” the woman sang. “The Constitution will show us how. Make my dreams come true. Baby, end the emergency. Let’s have a happy holiday, everybody.”
It should be noted that most of San Diego County’s pandemic restrictions have been lifted since June and school districts in the area have students in class in-person on a daily basis.
The song was a bit of a departure from the tenor of many of the board’s meetings this year, including one where Supervisor Nora Vargas admonished resident Jason Robo for making racist and derogatory remarks to county officials. The result of that meeting spurred a policy change intended to curtail hate speech. But it still hasn’t kept some speakers away.
The next speaker after the singer was Robo, who again criticized San Diego County Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten and used a racist slur to compare how unvaccinated residents were being treated.