Eric Clapton, Who Vowed To Never Play A Show With Vaccine Mandates, Played A Show With Vaccine Mandates
76-year-old Eric Clapton is anti-vax, anti-lockdown, and anti-anti-racist. He got two doses of AstraZeneca in February, and a few months later he wrote that his symptoms were so “disastrous” he feared he’d never play the guitar again. Eric said he “should’ve never gone near the needle.” Then in July, he released a statement announcing that he would never perform at any venues that required guests to be vaccinated. He vowed. He refused. He put his multi-millionaire, vaccinated foot down! But guess what happened over the weekend? Eric played a concert in New Orleans with a vaccine mandate. Ha! You know what they say, you can’t spell “hypocrite” without E-R-I-C!
First, a reminder of Eric’s original July statement:
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.
But, oops, Eric didn’t cancel Saturday’s show at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. The venue’s website states that they follow city regulations and require all staff and attendees over the age of 12 to show proof of at least their first COVID-19 vaccine shot or be able to present a negative coronavirus test taken in the past 72 hours. The website also says that the venue requires masks on at all times (when you’re not eating or drinking), and it provides a list of healthcare locations that offer free vaccines.
But why would Eric go against his own word and perform at a venue with a vaccine mandate? Well, a concert review by the Times-Picayune newspaper surmises that it could be because the Smoothie King Center is also accepting negative COVID tests:
The test result loophole apparently allowed Clapton to, in good conscience, perform at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday for the arena’s first concert in 18 months.
Ah, a lovely, convenient loophole. Like how I was a vegetarian in university but allowed myself to eat Big Macs when I was drunk. Except, in Eric’s case, his drunk Big Macs = money from concert tickets. But can we really blame him? What if he’s desperate for the cash? After all, he only has a net worth of… *pauses to Google*… $250 MILLION?! LOL, so much for Eric’s rebellion against “tyranny and arrogant authority.”