Intelligence insulting is a good way to describe it. Part of me thinks "how stupid do you think we are?" But then the rest of me sees people eat it up and it's hard to blame them for doing it. They must at least think it works on enough people to make it worth the trouble.Yes, my point exactly.
And, again, I want to reiterate for probably the third time now that I am absolutely not making the blanket statement "masks are all for show". I happily donned a mask and, for the majority of the last 12 months, I believed and continue to believe is was the correct move for both personal and societal reasons.
My beef is with the obvious (intelligence insulting) theater that has grown up around the whole thing. It's absurd. I'm sure it's been mostly fueled by good intentions - trying to encourage/normalize mask wearing - but I think, in practice, it's driven doubt and speculation.