The musician and outspoken vaccine skeptic issued a press release that was extremely essential of U.Ok. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement that vaccine passes could be required to enter nightclubs and different reside efficiency venues in mild of accelerating coronavirus circumstances.
The “Great Tonight” singer issued a press release on the Telegram account of movie producer and architect Robin Monotti, a identified COVID-19 vaccination skeptic as properly. In it, he issued a direct response to Johnson’s announcement and referred to as the scenario for many who don’t want to get the vaccine discriminatory.
“Following the PM’s announcement on Monday the nineteenth of July 2021 I really feel honor-bound to make an announcement of my very own,” Clapton mentioned. “I want to say that I cannot carry out on any stage the place there’s a discriminated viewers current. Except there may be provision made for all individuals to attend, I reserve the best to cancel the present.”
The message was accompanied by a hyperlink to the 76-year-old’s latest collaboration with Van Morrison for the anti-lockdown music “Stand and Ship.” The 4-minute and 33-second monitor expresses criticism over shelter-in-place orders and different coronavirus restrictions corresponding to face masks.
“Do you wanna be a free man/ Or do you wanna be a slave?” Clapton sings. “Do you wanna put on these chains / Till you’re mendacity within the grave?”
The Guardian reviews that Clapton beforehand used Monotti’s Telegram account in Could to share his damaging experiences of receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine, claiming to have skilled “extreme” reactions after getting his shot.
In response to Rolling Stone, Clapton’s declaration gained’t bump with the Prime Minister’s directive till a minimum of Could of 2022 when he has two dates scheduled to carry out on the Royal Albert Corridor in London. Nonetheless, he has a handful of North American live performance dates scheduled for September.
As of Thursday morning, the novel coronavirus has contaminated greater than 192,027,538 individuals throughout 192 international locations and territories, leading to a minimum of 4,127,251 deaths. Within the U.S., all 50 states plus the District of Columbia have reported confirmed circumstances of COVID-19, tallying greater than 34,226,889 diseases and a minimum of 609,862 deaths.