More fitness personalities — this time, Brian Shaw and Calum von Moger — have openly disavowed Arnold Schwarzenegger following his controversial “screw your freedom” comments that led to supplement company Redcon1 pulling out from the upcoming Arnold.
“I think people should know there is a virus here,” said Schwarzenegger. It kills people, and the only way we prevent it is to get vaccinated, to wear masks, to 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!“
The news was soon international as the backlash ensued from the former Mr. Olympia’s comments with many individuals claiming that the remarks weren’t in line with their worldview.
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Brian Shaw took to social media to take down an Arnold poster in a short video
“FREEDOM IS IMPORTANT ??
Today is a very sad day for me as I had to take down the poster of @schwarzenegger on the wall of my gym. I have had a poster of him in my gym since I started training.
He has the freedom to say whatever he wants and that’s part of being an American citizen but him saying “screw your freedom” did not sit well with me and therefore it was time for his poster to come down from my gym wall.
Freedom didn’t come free and I will always stand for freedom ??“, Shaw Wrote.
Arnold lookalike Calum von Moger also took to Instragram to air his discontent with Schwarzenegger’s comments in a post.
Calum von Moger wrote: “I’ll always remember the Arnold that inspired us to train hard, believe in ourselves and follow our dreams. But I can no longer support the Arnold that speaks to us today. I say, fight for your freedom.”