There are very few instances when you can zero in on the moment when a publication or public figure jumps the shark. In peak 2021 insanity we have found it for Rolling Stone magazine, the foremost voice in music news. For them, it was the moment that they tried to roll one of the Greatest Guitar Players of All Time: Eric Clapton for his stance on vaccine mandates and failed spectacularly. The utter politicization of the mainstream media has reached its final form: when even writing about music has to dance to the Biden-Harris regime’s narrative.
Rolling Stone Attempts To Bury Eric Clapton, Gets Rolled Instead
Rolling Stone wrote in a piece entitled “Anti-Vax Hypocrite Eric Clapton Breaks Own Vow, Plays Venue With Vaccine Mandate”,
“On Saturday night, Eric Clapton took the stage at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. This event is notable not just because it alerted us to the fact that there is a music venue called “Smoothie King,” but because by doing so, the musician and public-health skeptic effectively undid the ridiculous stance he took on Covid vaccines earlier this year.
While the rest of the music industry has embraced vaccine mandates as the only way of ensuring safe concerts, Clapton has taken the opposite tack, vowing never to perform at a venue that requires proof of vaccination.”
For the record, Clapton’s original ‘vow’ provided specifically that he would reserve the right to cancel shows if venues didn’t provide an alternative to vaccination which the venue in question: New Orleans’ “Smoothie King” did by offering a testing alternative. While this isn’t much of an alternative, it still is one and therefore meets the musician’s specifically laid out criteria.
Clapton originally wrote in July via a statement posted onto architect and film producer Robin Monotti Graziadei’s Telegram account.
“Following the PM’s announcement on Monday the 19th of July 2021, I feel honor-bound to make an announcement of my own: I wish to say that I 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,” (Emphasis added)
The guitarist of Cream and legendary solo artist took to Facebook after the Rolling Stone hatchet job went to print and excoriated the outlet for their blatantly dishonest headline which they went on to contradict in the body of their own story.
“On Rolling Stone’s disinformation about Eric Clapton’s concert in New Orleans
The title of Rolling Stone’s article claims that the venue in New Orleans required a vaccine mandate for entry. This is DISINFORMATION. The venue did not require exclusively a vaccination as condition for entry. Rolling Stone’s article goes on to contradict the title in the body of the text. This is simply bad sensationalist journalism.”
Somebody get some ice for Rolling Stone’s editorial team… that had to sting a bit. When you go after the GOAT, don’t miss. Hopefully, this will encourage Clapton to reject testing and masking requirements as well.