Renowned Dunce Eric Clapton Is Being Roasted For Another Anti-Vax Rant
"I'll be honest I'm mostly getting vaccinated knowing that it will significantly reduce my risk of being exposed to an Eric Clapton concert."
Eric Clapton has spent the majority of his career putting his foot squarely in his own mouth — these days, he’s probably better known as a walking gaffe machine than the guy who wrote ‘Tears in Heaven’.
Clapton’s controversies date as far back as 1976, when the singer and guitarist expressed racist views during a concert in Birmingham. “Do we have any foreigners in the audience tonight?” Clapton asked the room. “If so, please put up your hands. So where are you? Well wherever you all are, I think you should all just leave. Not just leave the hall, leave our country. I don’t want you here, in the room or in my country.”
Since then, Clapton has voiced his support for fox hunting, doubled down on his racist remarks, and spread anti-vax conspiracy theories through a single he co-wrote with Van Morrison titled ‘Stand and Deliver’.
So no, it’s no surprise that the man is back in this news this week, and for another dangerous political opinion — Clapton has said he will refuse to perform at any venue that instates a vaccine mandate.
Essentially, the mandate would give venues the opportunity to turn away any members of the audience who do not have a “vaccine pass”. The scheme was announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week. Within days, Clapton responded with “an announcement of [his] 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.”
And yes, you read that right — a man who has publicly discriminated against marginalised communities is now adopting that phrase to defend his dangerous views on a scheme that has the backing of science.
Unsurprisingly, in the hours since Clapton made the announcement, he has come under fire from multiple sources, mostly over on Twitter.
Yes, I'm worried about the Delta variant and rightly so, but I'll be honest I'm mostly getting vaccinated knowing that it will significantly reduce my risk of being exposed to an Eric Clapton concert. https://t.co/oC1psH9vyA
— Hunter Felt (@HunterFelt) July 21, 2021
it's like Eric Clapton got mad people forgot his racist past and was all "wait did you know there are other things that make me an asshole"
— shauna (@goldengateblond) July 21, 2021
Funnily enough, I will not attend shows where Eric Clapton is required. https://t.co/k1O1J3drfV
— Liz Buckley (@liz_buckley) July 21, 2021
Clapton to his fans: Drop dead. https://t.co/lTNL9ymJpg
— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) July 21, 2021
Used to be you’d hope you got to see aging rock stars in concert before they died. These days you hope you get to see them before they become Eric Clapton.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) July 21, 2021
Eric Clapton: “I won’t perform on any stage where there is a discriminated audience present.”
Also Eric Clapton: pic.twitter.com/LgPjGTe8Fs
— Tony Rossi (@toeknee_rawsee) July 21, 2021
Eric Clapton: Still stupid. https://t.co/1svhLb8jgr
— grandpa needles (@theneedledrop) July 21, 2021
Even fellow musician David Crosby got in on the act, dunking on Clapton for his repeated gaffes.
Eric is a fine musician and singer …fine writer ……and in my opinion politically a bit dim in the bulb ….
— David Crosby (@thedavidcrosby) July 22, 2021
Just goes to show — times change, but Eric Clapton remains aggressively in the wrong.