Dad Appears to Burn $3,500 Worth of Olivia Rodrigo Tix He Bought For Daughter Over COVID Vaccine Requirement
A doting Phoenix, Arizona, father took to Facebook earlier this week to lash out at the Olivia Rodrigo machine while posting a video claiming he was selling 3,500 tickets in protest of the COVID-19 vaccine mandates Burning Dollars on the Singer's Sour Tour.
In a Facebook post on Tuesday (May 17), Doug Wood explained that he dropped the hefty sum more than two months ago for his teenage daughter's birthday party with friends. "They were so excited including this morning as today is finally the day of the concert here in Phoenix," he wrote, before admitting he probably should have done his due diligence and read the "fine print" on the tickets that is on them indicates required proof of vaccination.
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“Not even a negative COVID test will work. Only V_X,” he wrote. "I'm like what the heck... oh HELL NO!!! COVIDs to a cold and it's also very little political theater now from the far left. nope!! Olivia Rodrigo and her Sourtour call for any 12-year-old girl or man and older to be full bull
and stocked up! (You read that right).”
Wood included a screenshot from the official Sour Tour page, noting that all fans 12 and older are only required to provide proof of vaccination, while fans 5-11 must submit either a vax proof or a negative test within 48 hours of the show require. It also notes that for those aged 12 and over who are unvaccinated, "only proof of medical exemption and negative test is required," with no exceptions.
That apparently didn't sit well with Wood, who said other shows at the Arizona Federal Theater in Phoenix — like Friday night's (May 20) performance of Rainbow Kitten Surprise — don't require proof of a negative test or vaccine. "It's all her and her tour. Eh, no! This is not happening and will not support this. Mind you, Olivia's main audience is girls between the ages of 12 and 18. She is bought and paid for! This is sick and now she and her owners (far left) are indoctrinating young girls into injecting themselves with this propaganda and type of bullying," Wood wrote.
He noted that he didn't want any part of the requirements, and that his daughter and friends "made their own decision ... after some tears, long talk, prayer, sadness, more prayer" that they would not be on the show. Wood posted a video on Twitter allegedly holding the tickets with the message "Take a stand! #freedom #holdtheline #Patriot #Usa.” In the clip, he says, “There comes a point in life when you have to take a stand, take a stand on your values,” as the handful of paper went up in smoke.
A spokesman for Rodrigo had not returned a request for comment on Woods Post as of press time.
Given the precipitous drop in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations this spring, some, but not all, venues and tours have eased or lifted corona restrictions, with most either adhering to local requirements or following the artist's direction on whether customers must provide evidence before entering the building.
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