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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 roasted for anti-vax opinions (again)

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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.

Even fellow musician David Crosby got in on the act, dunking on Clapton for his repeated gaffes.

Just goes to show — times change, but Eric Clapton remains aggressively in the wrong.