Eric Clapton is against vaccine mandates so of course he’s being called a racist now

Eric Clapton is against vaccine mandates so of course he’s being called a racist now. By John Sexton.

Last year Eric Clapton really came out strongly against vaccine mandates, writing a song about it called “Stand & Deliver.” Since then he has refused to play concerts where vaccination was required. Today the Washington Post has published a lengthy investigation titled “What happened to Eric Clapton?” The story opens with Clapton’s friend Robert Cray describing an email conversation in which he didn’t like Clapton’s answers and decided to stop talking to him. Cray, who is black, specifically objected to a line in Stand & Deliver which said, “Do you wanna be a free man/Or do you wanna be a slave?”

And that really sets the tone for the rest of the piece which is basically made up of two things: 1) friends speculating why Clapton has gone all in against vaccine mandates and what that is doing to his reputation and 2) people speculating Clapton is a racist. …

His 1992 album, “Unplugged,” remains the best-selling live release ever, with over 25 million copies sold. He is the only artist inducted three different times into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…

“He’s the anti-Bono,” says Bill Oakes, who managed Clapton’s label throughout the 1970s. “He is the epitome of someone who is there for the music, and he’s never rubbed shoulders with world leaders and never wanted to.” …

Some friends … note that he did get vaccinated and had a bad reaction, especially to the second shot which made his hands numb for a couple weeks, to the point that he couldn’t play. The implication is that it probably scared him quite a bit thinking that possibly he would never play again.

If the article had just stopped with that, it would have been okay but instead, it transitions into a whole flipside about whether or not Clapton is racist. …

Why is something Clapton said in 1976 relevant to his take on vaccine mandates 45 years later? It’s obvious, isn’t it?

To many who know Clapton, tagging him as a racist seems wrong. They talk about his support of Black artists, whether giving a virtually unknown Gary Clark Jr. a prime spot at the 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival or lending his commercial clout to collaborate on an album with an aging B.B. King.

Greg Phillinganes, Clapton’s former keyboardist who also feels that vaccines should not be mandated, says the accusations of racism are politically motivated.

“We all make mistakes, but I guarantee you, if Eric didn’t have the [covid] stance he has, that stuff would not have been dug up,” he says.

It’s relevant because any public person who disagrees with the left gets accused of racism to discredit them. It doesn’t have to be relevant or recent or even remotely fair, but that’s the go-to attack. And the suggestion is that if you don’t echo what a certain segment of people want you to say about politics, they’ll take away your platform to say it. ..

The “prestige” press has become a propaganda rag for the ruling administrative state, their bureaucrats, and dependents.

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