Legendary guitarist Eric Clapton has joined the “COVID-19 vaccines are bad” cookoo train, leaving his fans wondering why a finely-tuned artist like Clapton would proudly declare his allegiance to cognitive dissonance and agitprop.
According to Clapton, the Astra Zeneca vaccine was proved to be an nightmare for him because of his underlying health issues.
“I took the first jab of AZ and straight away had severe reactions which lasted ten days. I recovered eventually and was told it would be twelve weeks before the second one. About six weeks later I was offered and took the second AZ shot, but with a little more knowledge of the dangers,” Clapton wrote in a letter that was posted to Telegram and obtained by Rolling Stone.
“Needless to say the reactions were disastrous, my hands and feet were either frozen, numb or burning, and pretty much useless for two weeks, I feared I would never play again, (I suffer with peripheral neuropathy and should never have gone near the needle),” the musician added. “But the propaganda said the vaccine was safe for everyone.”
Clapton did not reveal where that “little more knowledge” came from, however, blaming the vaccine and claiming that it is part of an elaborate conspiracy is as false as it is dangerous – and it reeks of right-wing misinformation.
The consistent messages from public health experts, whose opinions are based on empirical evidence derived in clinical trials and gleaned from peer-reviewed studies, are as follows:
- Vaccines are considered safe and effective for just about anyone, but not everyone.
- Patients with other medical conditions should consult with their doctor about what method of prevention is best for them.
Clapton also gave hat tips to “’heroes’ like anti-lockdown U.K. politician Desmond Swayne as well as similarly-minded (and some would argue conspiratorial) YouTube channels,” Rolling Stone noted.
Toward the end of the letter, Clapton shared his dreams for tomorrow.
“I’ve been a rebel all my life, against tyranny and arrogant authority, which is what we have now,” Clapton said without mentioning specifics. “But I also crave fellowship, compassion and love… I believe with these things we can prevail.”
Truth was not on his list.
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Brandon is a political writer for the Hill Reporter specializing in current events, breaking news, and scientific discovery. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University. He lives in New York City.