MSNBC host Joy Reid ripped into the rocker Eric Clapton for being anti-vaccine on her show this week. Clapton has been openly anti-vaccine for months, ever since he claimed to have suffered from complications from a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
“Celebrities have the power to sway millions of people, which is why it’s so alarming when, particularly, the ones with huge platforms publicly spread vaccine misinformation,” Reid said, according to Yahoo News. “Now, what really stands out about white anti-vaxxers, in particular, is they act like their freedom has been taken from them, and they have this weird habit of trying to do that by co-opting the history of actually oppressed people.”
Reid went on to claim that white entertainers referencing language like “slavery” and “segregation” are insulting Black Americans whose ancestors actually endured enslavement. She then brought up Jim Breuer, who canceled shows due to vaccine requirements, which he called “segregation.” Reid alleged that Breuer made the claim that to play those venues would make him “enslaved to the system.”
“Yeah, because getting a free vaccine is exactly like slavery and Jim Crow,” Reid said mockingly.
Zeroing in on Clapton, Reid referenced his anti-COVID lockdown song “This Has Got to Stop.” In this tune, he sings, “If you wanna claim my soul/You’ll have to come and break down this door/I knew that somethin’ was goin’ on wrong/When you started layin’ down the law/I can’t move my hands, I break out in sweat/I wanna cry, can’t take it anymore.”
“Maybe he’s just a jerk,” Reid said of Clapton.
In this edition of "The Absolute Worst," @JoyAnnReid critiques rock and roll icon #EricClapton for making news today after donating a van and 1,000 pounds to British anti-vax group, "Jam for Freedom." #TheReidOut #reiders pic.twitter.com/TJbvjk158T
— The ReidOut (@thereidout) October 12, 2021
Clapton has been open about his “disastrous” reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine.
“My hands and feet were either frozen, numb or burning, and pretty much useless for two weeks, I feared I would never play again,” he wrote in a letter to activists who are against lockdowns. Clapton went on to say that he “should’ve never gone near the needle” due to his “peripheral neuropathy,” but “propaganda said the vaccine was safe for everyone.”
“I continue to tread the path of passive rebellion and try to toe the line in order to be able to actively love my family, but it’s hard to bite my tongue with what I now know,” he continued, according to The New York Post.
In July, Clapton announced that he will refuse to perform at venues that require proof of vaccination.
“Unless there is provision made for all people to attend, I reserve the right to cancel the show,” Clapton said at the time, according to The Guardian.
The media has since been shaming Clapton like it’s their job, just as they do to anyone else who has concerns about these vaccines.