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Arnold Schwarzenegger boycotted by Florida sports nutrition group after ‘Screw your freedom’ remark

A Boca Raton, Florida-based sports nutrition company called REDCON1 announced Tuesday it ‘has discontinued all support’ for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s fitness events after the bodybuilding icon’s strong remarks on vaccination in a recent chat with CNN.

Last week, ex-California governor took a pointed approach toward caution amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic while speaking with the network’s Bianna Golodryga.

Schwarzenegger said, ‘There is a virus here. It kills people and the only way we prevent it is: Get vaccinated, wear masks, do social distancing, washing your hands all the time, and not just to think about, “Well my freedom is being kind of disturbed here.” No, screw your freedom!’

Speaking out: A Boca Raton, Florida-based sports nutrition company called REDCON1 announced Tuesday it ‘has discontinued all support’ for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s fitness events after the bodybuilding icon’s strong remarks on vaccination in a recent chat with CNN, The actor, 74, was snapped in LA last month

The True Lies actor continued, ‘You have the freedom to wear no mask – but you know something? You’re a schmuck for not wearing a mask. Because you are supposed to protect your fellow Americans around you.’

In response, REDCON1 founder Aaron Singerman said in an Instagram post, ‘Anyone who says “screw your freedoms” is un-American, and REDCON1 is a patriotic pro-freedom brand. We support freedom of choice. We don’t want Arnold censored or cancelled. We just can’t support his opinion with our dollars.’

Singerman said that he’s attended the Ohio-based Arnold Classic fitness expo for 15 years and has ‘been a sponsor of the contest’ for at least 10.

‘We’ve spent hundreds of thousands of dollars being a top sponsor of the event … but we can’t in good Conscience continue to support & be involved with someone who has such diametrically opposed beliefs,’ he said.

The ex-California governor last week took a pointed approach toward caution amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic while speaking with CNN

The ex-California governor last week took a pointed approach toward caution amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic while speaking with CNN 

In response, REDCON1 founder Aaron Singerman said that his company was no longer supporting Schwarzenegger's annual fitness expo

In response, REDCON1 founder Aaron Singerman said that his company was no longer supporting Schwarzenegger’s annual fitness expo

Singerman opened up on social media about the business decision to detach from the expo

Singerman opened up on social media about the business decision to detach from the expo

Singerman said amid the business decision to detach from the expo, Schwarzenegger has been a longtime role model for him and initially got him interested in bodybuilding and fitness.

‘We choose you and your rights over and above an organization led by Arnold, who isn’t aligned with American views,’ the company said in a news release. 

After making headlines over his strong stance against anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers with the remarks, Schwarzenegger subsequently penned a piece for The Atlantic expounding on his point of view. 

Schwarzenegger got serious about owing his success to the United States after moving there as an immigrant from Austria and said that it is the duty of U.S. citizens to set aside ‘selfish interests’ amid the pandemic.

Arnold had previously said that those who refused to wear masks over ‘freedom’ were ‘schmucks’ – and while he maintains his position – he penned that the wording might have been ‘a little much.’ 

Taking to Instagram, the actor directed his followers to check out his new article: ‘I wrote about freedom and duty and what we owe to the American heroes who sacrificed so much throughout our history.’

Honesty: The 74-year-old got serious about owing his success to the United States after moving there as an immigrant from Austria and said that it is the duty of U.S. citizens to set aside 'selfish interests' amid the pandemic

Honesty: The 74-year-old got serious about owing his success to the United States after moving there as an immigrant from Austria and said that it is the duty of U.S. citizens to set aside ‘selfish interests’ amid the pandemic

‘I’ll admit, calling people schmucks and saying “Screw your freedom’ was a little much, even if I stand by the sentiment,’ he wrote in his latest piece. ‘But there is nothing that I’m more passionate about than keeping America great, and it’s the only subject that can make me lose my temper.’

In his article, which read in part as a love letter to the USA, Arnold was open about how much he owes to the country he calls home. 

‘I often tell people not to call me self-made; I prefer to call myself American-made,’ he said.  

While he admitted to not being ‘an academic’, the Terminator star offered up a ‘civics lesson’ to those who feel like it’s their right not to wear a mask.  

‘Many people told me that the Constitution gives them rights, but not responsibilities. They feel no duty to protect their fellow citizens,’ he said.

Governator: Arnold had previously said that those who refused to wear masks over 'freedom' were 'schmucks' - and while he maintains his position - he penned that the wording might have been 'a little much' (pictured at his inauguration)

Governator: Arnold had previously said that those who refused to wear masks over ‘freedom’ were ‘schmucks’ – and while he maintains his position – he penned that the wording might have been ‘a little much’ (pictured at his inauguration)

‘I can’t help but wonder how much better off we’d be if Americans took a step back from politics and spent a minute thinking about how lucky we are to call this country home,’ he mused.

‘Instead of tweeting, we could think about what we owe to the patriots who came before us and those who will follow us. I am not an academic, but I can tell you that selfishness and dereliction of duty did not make this country great. 

‘The Constitution aimed to ‘promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.’ It’s right there in our founding document. We need to think beyond our selfish interests,’ Arnold penned. 

In order to connect with readers, the former politician quoted everyone from John Adams, to George Washington, to John F. Kennedy to the 2004 cartoon feature film Team America. 

‘When people call this fascism, I can’t stand it,’ he said of those who refuse to wear masks. ‘Just a few generations ago, this country stood up to real fascism. (And yes, I know that my father was on the wrong side of that conflict.) 

‘And we didn’t win just because of our love of freedom. We won because Americans came together and did their duty.

'Many people told me that the Constitution gives them rights, but not responsibilities. They feel no duty to protect their fellow citizens,' he said. 'I can't help but wonder how much better off we'd be if Americans took a step back from politics and spent a minute thinking about how lucky we are to call this country home.'

‘Many people told me that the Constitution gives them rights, but not responsibilities. They feel no duty to protect their fellow citizens,’ he said. ‘I can’t help but wonder how much better off we’d be if Americans took a step back from politics and spent a minute thinking about how lucky we are to call this country home.’

‘Americans accepted the rationing of food and gasoline to win that war,’ he said in part, adding later: ‘Americans lived through four years of brutal sacrifice, and we’re going to throw fits about putting a mask over our mouth and nose?’

During his YouTube appearance earlier in the week, the star compared mask wearing and vaccines to obeying traffic lights on the roads to keep other people safe.

‘There is a virus here, it kills people, and the only way we prevent it is get vaccinated, get masks, do social distancing, washing your hands all the time, and not just to think about ‘well my freedom is being kind of disturbed here.’ No, screw your freedom,’ he went on during a heated moment.

‘We put the traffic light at the intersection so someone doesn’t kill someone else by accident… you cannot say, ‘no one is going tell me that I’m going to stop here at this traffic light here, I’m going to go right through it’, yeah, then you kill someone else and then it is your doing,’ Schwarzenegger said. 

'Americans accepted the rationing of food and gasoline to win that war,' he said in part, adding later: 'Americans lived through four years of brutal sacrifice, and we¿re going to throw fits about putting a mask over our mouth and nose?'

‘Americans accepted the rationing of food and gasoline to win that war,’ he said in part, adding later: ‘Americans lived through four years of brutal sacrifice, and we’re going to throw fits about putting a mask over our mouth and nose?’

The Hollywood legend has been a vocal proponent of Covid-19 safety measures and earlier this year shared an Instagram post of himself getting the vaccine.

In this week’s video the Austrian-born actor warned of the rise of fascism in America, by comparing the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol to Adolf Hitler’s Brownshirt thugs in the streets of 1930s Germany.  

He warned about the dangers of ‘lying to the nation’ and said it had to be stopped at all costs. 

Schwarzenegger said it was important to follow the rules of the experts when it came to the pandemic but that there ‘is misinformation out there’ which means people are disregarding basics like hand washing and cleaning surfaces.

He said that people like Dr. Anthony Fauci had been ‘studying this stuff their entire lives’ and needed to be respected and listened to by Americans. 

‘Yeah, you have the freedom to wear no mask. But you know something, you’re a schmuck for not wearing a mask because you’re supposed to protect the fellow members around you,’ Arnie said. 

‘I don’t want to villainize anyone here,’ he continued, ‘but I just wanted to tell everyone, let’s work together and let’s stop fighting because there is a virus, and it’s better to get vaccinated [and] to wear a mask.’

The Last Action Hero star practices what he preaches and is frequently seen around Los Angeles wearing a facemask.

He also armed himself against the coronavirus and was vaccinated. 

The governator even shared a video of himself getting his first jab of the two dose vaccine at a drive-thru clinic in the spring. 

'There is a virus here, it kills people, and the only way we prevent it is get vaccinated, get masks, do social distancing, washing your hands all the time, and not just to think about 'well my freedom is being kind of disturbed here.' No, screw your freedom,' he said on Wednesday

Safety first: The Last Action Hero star practices what he preaches and is frequently seen around Los Angeles wearing a facemask and armed himself against the coronavirus by getting his vaccine 

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