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Bob Geren went viral for the wrong reasons in an interview during Dodgers-Diamondbacks

Los Angeles fell to the D’Backs despite a monster night for Mookie Betts, but that wasn’t the only storyline from a fairly disappointing night in the desert for the Dodgers.

Los Angeles’ bench coach Bob Geren, who was nice enough to take part in an interview mid-game, had to cough at a fairly inopportune moment. In doing so, he pulled down his mask, and given MLB’s recent struggles with COVID-19, it’s not the public service announcement they were hoping for.

Fair or not, Geren’s lone cough — and decision to pull down the one thing protecting those particles from others — is going to be looked at in a negative light.

Cough in the mask, Bob! That’s what it’s there for!

Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren pulls down his mask to cough into the open air during in-game interview. #MLB #Dodgers #COVID19

— Mr. Reactionary ™ ???????? (@mrreactionary) August 2, 2020

Look, none of us can pretend we’ve been pristine as it pertains to following COVID-19 protocol. A sanitary lifestyle isn’t something we’re accustomed to, and baseball is arguably the least equipped to handle such things. Players often spit and even share substances for grip just to get a competitive edge. Heck, pitchers re-use baseballs purely based on the feel.

MLB has done what they can to rid players of these habits, but considering they’re traveling cross-country and interacting with the general public (AKA not in a bubble of sorts), there will always be risk. Geren’s rather minor infraction, and the subsequent freakout on reddit, says more about our current state of living than it does the Dodgers bench coach.

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RuPaul disengaging from social media during overwhelming times

Rupaul has had it with being scrutinized on social media, we’re told.

The “Drag Race” host, who uses the pronouns he and she interchangeably, sent followers into a frenzy last month when his Instagram posts began mysteriously disappearing from the app. Many assumed the drag icon’s account was hacked, but Page Six has learned he deleted posts because he wants to “disengage” and is laying low during a fraught period online.

“The truth is things like Black Lives Matter is overwhelming for someone like Ru. He gets backlash for appearing to not … support the community and [he receives] a lot of negativity, so he disengages,” a source said.

Another source confirmed he’s lying low, but said that it has nothing to do with pressures of BLM. RuPaul has come under fire for a lack of diversity on “Drag Race.” He’d responded to the controversy by saying: “First of all, the host of our show is black, gay, and a drag queen … we’re pretty diverse. Yes, there are lots of different types of people here.”

Meanwhile, behind the scenes, sources have described him as being disinterested in the contestants. “He should be called ‘Rude Paul.’ She hates drag queens and is extremely rude to them. You’re not allowed to talk to him unless told to. You can’t call him, ‘Hey gurl.’ No one can call him, ‘Mama Ru.’ None of that. He is not your friend. You cannot make small talk,” the first source said.

A source close to production told us there’s no truth to Ru being rude and hating the queens. A rep did not comment.

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