“I am also happy to see that you took that step, that big step, of getting on an airplane, taking a trip out of L.A. And I wanted to show a video,” Meyers explains in the clip. “This is someone who’s maybe not traveled for a while. Maybe forgot how you’re supposed to dress for a plane.”
Ross chimes in to defend herself, saying, “Also, somebody who was genuinely locked down. I was a genuine lockdown person. I did not go to the market. I did not go anywhere. I really did not see anyone at all. And I’m single and alone, so going out into the world with other people, I wanted to be prepared and safe, Seth.”
Meyers proceeds to show the video, which shows Ross wearing two face masks and an astronaut-like helmet. “To be clear, air filtration system in the helmet, double mask—and that was in case I needed to go to the bathroom on the plane because I wanted to be extra safe,” Ross says. “I also wiped down my seat, put a seat cover and had an air purifier I was also holding.”
Meyers asks what we’re all thinking: “Do you think people were looking at you strangely? Or was it impossible to see their faces through everything you had on?”
To which Ross has a slam-dunk response, saying, “Other people’s opinion of me was not my first priority. My priority was my safety and my comfort level. And therefore, I took all the precautions and let other people’s points of view, judgement and shaming—left those to themselves.”
Leave it to Ross to go there.
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