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Eric Clapton says he won't play for "discriminated"—i.e., vaccinated—audiences

Clapton responded to proposed U.K. mandates by declaring himself "honour-bound" to push back against vaccination mandates

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In what we can only assume is a concerted effort to have “COVID-19 vaccine crank” creep steadily upward in his Wikipedia intro paragraph—one day potentially eclipsing “celebrated blues guitarist,” and “the music world’s equivalent of Andrew Lincoln’s character from Love Actually” in his list of accomplishments—Eric Clapton has once again decided to let the world know what he thinks about vaccination requirements. Specifically, Clapton has responded to possible new mandates (allegedly going into effect in September) requiring audiences at shows in the U.K. to show proof of vaccination, declaring that it won’t be happening at any Eric Clapton shows, because he “will not perform on any stage where there is a discriminated audience present. Unless there is provision made for all people to attend, I reserve the right to cancel the show.”

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