Eric Clapton has penned an offended missive decrying the worldwide response to the coronavirus pandemic, in addition to pro-vaccine “propaganda” which he says overstates security and effectiveness.
In questioning the British authorities’s response to the pandemic, Clapton stated he “seemed for heroes in the home.” He proceeded to name-check a number of COVID conspiracy theorists and anti-lockdown advocates, together with fellow musician Van Morrison, who himself decried socially-distanced live shows as “pseudo-silence.” Clapton and Morrison finally teamed as much as document an anti-lockdown track referred to as “Stand and Deliver” in 2020.
This previous February, Clapton acquired his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and “immediately had extreme reactions which lasted ten days.” He claims his response to the second dose was even worse, as “my palms and toes had been both frozen, numb or burning, and just about ineffective for 2 weeks, I feared I might by no means play once more, (I undergo with peripheral neuropathy and may by no means have gone close to the needle.) However the propaganda stated the vaccine was protected for everybody….”
The expertise led Clapton to query the protection and effectiveness of vaccines, and after encountering a gaggle of like-minded anti-vaxxers, “I felt like a veil had been lifted, that I used to be not alone, that it was okay, in truth important, to carry on to my instinct and observe my coronary heart…”
“I proceed to tread the trail of passive revolt and attempt to tow the road so as to have the ability to actively love my household, however it’s onerous to chunk my tongue with what I now know,” Clapton added.
In closing his letter, Clapton quoted lyrics from his second collaboration with Morrison, “The place Have All of the Rebels Gone?”, which seems on Morrison’s new album, Newest Report Challenge Vol. 1. “It’s not aggressive or provocative, it simply asks; The place have all of the rebels gone? ‘Hiding behind their pc screens/ The place’s the spirit, the place is the soul?/ The place have all of the rebels gone?” Clapton recited. He added, “I’ve been a insurgent all my life, in opposition to tyranny and smug authority, which is what we now have now, however I additionally crave fellowship, compassion and love, and that I discover right here… I consider with this stuff we are able to prevail.”