Letters to the Editor: Eric Clapton's anti-vaxxer hypocrisy is on brand for him
Eric Clapton will perform on the stage at the O2 Arena in London on March 3rd, 2020. (Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images)
To the editor: Eric Clapton takes hypocrisy to a new level. ("Eric Clapton is not God, just another hideous anti-Vaxxer," statement, Jul 23)
He agreed to borrowing the music of numerous black artists during his successful career as a bluesman, but on the other hand he promotes racist ideals and public order. Talk about appropriation.
He agrees to use his power and influence as an icon to advance COVID-19 conspiracies and encourage fans to refuse vaccinations. When no one was watching, he got himself vaccinated. Since he is unlikely to be infected, he invites his herd to concerts that do not require proof of vaccination.
He needs to know that concert goers and the people they infect do not have access to the high quality medical treatment they can afford. And all these years I thought that he really did care about us.
Karen Neville, La Puente
To the editor: Virginia Heffernan's statement that "the music and the man are one and the same" is an exaggeration.
I can listen to Clapton's live album "Just One Night" from 1980 and I don't see Clapton the man, only Clapton the musician. He is clearly an exceptional guitarist, and my opinion on his musical talent does not lead me to weight his opinions outside of music.
If I wanted guidance from a trusted source on how to navigate the complexities of the world, I would be listening to an actor.
Vincent Velasquez, Seewald
To the editor: In 1947 a man from Mexico came to New York City. He became very sick and was hospitalized with smallpox.
I was 7 years old and I remember how they put all students in a public school up for vaccination. More than 6.3 million New Yorkers were vaccinated against smallpox in two months; there were 12 infections and two deaths.
In 1947 we protected ourselves, our families and our land. We could almost wipe out COVID-19 in the United States if every eligible person were given a vaccine.
In someone else's words, we could make America great again.
Sidney Rubinstein, Sonnenland
This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.
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