Legendary British guitarist and singer-songwriter Eric Clapton announced on July 20 that he would refuse to perform at venues that require concertgoers to prove they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, Rolling Stones magazine reported.
Clapton issued his statement in response to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement on Monday, July 19, where he reported that vaccination passes would be required to enter nightclubs and other venues where crowds of people congregate.
Clapton’s statement was shared via the Telegram account of film producer and architect Robin Monotti, who has also been skeptical of the Covid-19 vaccine and has criticized the tight restrictions and other measures taken by the UK government during the pandemic.
“Following the PM’s announcement on Monday the 19th of July 2021 I feel honour bound to make an announcement of my own:
“I wish to say that I will not perform on any stage where there is a discriminated audience present. Unless there is provision made for all people to attend, I reserve the right to cancel the show,” Clapton said.
Clapton’s response to Johnson made his name trend on Twitter and provoked diverse reactions.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz, was among those who celebrated his statement for defending individual liberty.
Newsmax White House correspondent Emerald Robinson called Clapton a “hero” for opposing the exclusion of the unvaccinated.
Of course, Clapton also had his detractors. For example, Liz Buckley, a record label manager for Ace Records, bluntly said, “Funnily enough, I won’t attend shows where Eric Clapton is required.”
The vaccine passport—which is already in place in most of Europe—is being opposed in some countries for fear that it could become a discriminatory tool.
For example, anyone who has not wanted to take the experimental vaccine against the CCP Virus (or COVID-19) will probably not be able to move freely, travel, go to a concert, to the theater, or wherever he or she likes.
This is not a conspiracy theory, it is something real, which in some places is already being experienced, as for example in the United Kingdom. Boris Johnson himself said: “proof of a negative test will no longer be sufficient,” which apparently indicates that there will be no alternative to attend a concert for those who do not wish to receive the experimental vaccine.
“I would remind everybody that some of life’s most important pleasures and opportunities are likely to be increasingly dependent on vaccination,” the prime minister said.
A bad experience
Clapton’s announcement about discriminating against the unvaccinated comes just months after he shared his bad experience with AstraZeneca’s (AZ) vaccine.
In a letter to Robin Monotti in May, Clapton, 73, said that after receiving the first “AZ jab” in February, he “immediately had severe reactions that lasted ten days.”
“I took the first jab of AZ and straight away had severe reactions which lasted ten days. I recovered eventually and was told it would be twelve weeks before the second one,” the guitarist wrote.
But things got worse after the second dose.
“About six weeks later I was offered and took the second AZ shot, but with a little more knowledge of the dangers. Needless to say the reactions were disastrous, my hands and feet were either frozen, numb or burning, and pretty much useless for two weeks, I feared I would never play again, (I suffer with peripheral neuropathy and should never have gone near the needle).”
Clapton criticized the constant media and celebrity reporting urging people to get vaccinated without a moment’s doubt about its safety and said, “But the propaganda said the vaccine was safe for everyone.”
The guitarist made news last year by performing a song written by Van Morrison called “Stand Up and Take Action,” whose lyrics denounce measures to combat the pandemic as overbearing.