Legendary musician Eric Clapton is as soon as once more dealing with backlash for his controversial views on Covid-19 vaccines and mandates, this time being accused of serving to to “bankroll” the anti-vaxx motion.
Clapton has made his views on Covid-19 shutdowns and vaccine mandates fairly clear for the reason that pandemic started final yr. The ‘Layla’ singer has launched music essential of presidency lockdowns, refused to play venues that require vaccinations, and even claimed to have suffered side-effects after he mentioned he was pressured into getting inoculated.
Clapton’s anti-vaxx views have earned him loads of backlash on social media. Outrage was renewed this week, nevertheless, after Rolling Stone revealed a report claiming Clapton just isn’t solely supporting “nonsense,” but additionally serving to to fund it by assist for Jam for Freedom, a bunch of UK musicians who tour and play free reveals, typically taking part in music essential of mandates and authorities restrictions.
The group’s founder, Cambel McLaughlin, revealed that Clapton despatched a £1,000 (US $1,300) donation by a GoFundMe account. After McLaughlin reached out, Clapton instructed him he was doing “nice work,” gave more cash (McLaughlin wouldn’t reveal how a lot), supplied a free van to the musicians, and even promised to probably be a part of them for some gigs.
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McLaughlin, who describes himself as “pro-medical alternative,” mentioned he was arrested at a present for breaking Covid rules and he and his fellow musicians are sometimes stopped and questioned by police.
In Could, McLaughlin’s group thanked Clapton for his assist on Instagram, promising to “proceed your legacy of stay music.” Clapton has mentioned up to now that vaccine mandates and authorities shutdowns are a serious menace to the way forward for stay music and musicians who depend on such gigs to make a dwelling.
The Rolling Stone’s prolonged report runs by numerous controversies from Clapton’s previous, in addition to the embrace he’s surprisingly obtained from conservatives. He has been touring by numerous pink states and was even just lately pictured backstage at a present with Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a vocal critic of vaccine mandates. Clapton refused to touch upon the claims he has helped fund Jam for Freedom.
Critics haven’t seen Clapton’s Jam for Freedom help as one older musician serving to out youthful artists, however somewhat as proof that Clapton is utilizing cash and affect to unfold vaccine skepticism.
Reminder that Eric Clapton remains to be a moron.
— informal fantano (@theneedledrop) October 11, 2021
gonna inform my children that is Eric Clapton pic.twitter.com/tLnczqZbu2
— Ryan Adams 🎞️🏳️🌈 (@filmystic) October 11, 2021
What’s it about contrarians like Eric Clapton, like Van Morrison, like Dave Chappelle, like Invoice Maher that need all the eye and the credit score (and the cash) for making CONSTANT contrarian statements…however need NONE of the smoke??
— Malcolm P. Johnson (@admiralmpj) October 11, 2021
Clapton, nevertheless, has additionally discovered assist. Some pushed again in opposition to the Rolling Stone report and chalked it as much as a “hit-piece” making an attempt to “smear” and “discredit” Clapton by digging up previous controversies and making an attempt to magnify his “bankrolling” standing among the many anti-vaccine mandate crowd.
The left referred to as Clapton "God" till they came upon he supported freedom from their sociopathic vaccine tyranny. Now they're making an attempt to destroy him.
They may fail. Miserably. https://t.co/kFnamFn8og
— David Wohl (@DavidWohl) October 11, 2021
Please, @RollingStone, you’re not fooling anybody with these pathetic hit items on individuals who have questions concerning the vaccine or inform their very own private account of what occurred to them after taking the vaccine. Salute to @EricClapton, keep sturdy. #EricClapton https://t.co/uUYp081miI
— PRINCE CARLTON 🇺🇸🏴 (@_PrinceCarlton_) October 11, 2021
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