Eric Clapton Breaks His Own Anti-vaxx Mandate Promise
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What Did People Expect Though?
Throughout the pandemic, people learned about two types of rockstars: those who helped in any way they could (donating, raising funds, or organizing livestreaming events) and those who blocked government efforts to end this global health crisis. The moment Eric Clapton teamed up with Van Morrison, who made it no secret that he was against lockdown restrictions, everyone knew which side Clapton belonged.
And it didn’t end there.
He got himself vaccinated and shared his anti-vaxx statements to the public. And when a couple of his shows were canceled due to Covid, he swore he would not perform in venues that required proof of vaccination. Well apparently, those are empty words because on Saturday night, Clapton played at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.
According to Smoothie King’s website, they follow the New Orleans regulations that required “all ticketholders age 12 and above, staff, vendors and participants” to present their proof of vaccination upon entry or a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours. Concert attendees also needed to wear a mask unless they’re eating or drinking.
Some of his other scheduled shows would take place at venues that have the same requirements as Smoothie King.
Clapton took to Facebook to deny it.
“The title of Rolling Stone’s article claims that the venue in New Orleans required a vaccine mandate for entry,” he wrote. “This is DISINFORMATION. The venue did not require exclusively a vaccination as condition for entry. Rolling Stone’s article goes on to contradict the title in the body of the text. This is simply bad sensationalist journalism.”