Utah Story About Anti-Mask Rally Racks Up 18 Million Views

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

KTXV reporter Katie Karalis‘ assignment on Aug. 21 has become the talk of the internet.

With over 18 million views on Twitter, the Salt Lake City reporter’s story about an anti-mask rally in St. George, Utah, has gotten reaction from people and celebrities who couldn’t believe what they were seeing and hearing.

Karalis interviewed several attendees who said people should not be required to wear masks. In the video, dozens of adults and children were walking the streets—maskless—and chanting to get their message heard.


Jimmy Kimmel retweeted the story and wrote that one woman who talked to Karalis was “the world’s dumbest person!”

At 51 seconds into the clip, that protestor compared her wearing a mask to George Floyd’s death while in police custody, which Karalis doesn’t comment on, or provide context for, in her story.

“When George Floyd was saying, ‘I can’t breathe,’ and then he died,” the St. George woman said. “And now we’re wearing a mask and we say, ‘I can’t breathe,’ but we’re being forced to wear it anyway.”

Chelsea Clinton retweeted Kimmel’s tweet:

Later in the piece, a child weighed in on mask wearing and the coronavirus and falsely claims, “The flu kills more than coronavirus.”

And in the last sound bite, a woman tells Karalis she “hates mask” because “most child molestors love ’em.”

Recently, Utah made it mandatory for students in K-12 grades to wear masks in school.

You can watch the story below.