Queen guitarist and curly-haired defender of the badgers, Brian May, has revealed his thoughts on Eric Clapton and anti-vaxxers in a recent interview. The iconic guitarist, Clapton, has been an open opponent of Covid-19 restrictions such as lockdowns and vaccinations. Brian May’s comments come in the wake of the former Cream guitarist announcing earlier in the month that he will not be performing at shows where covid vaccination certificates are required.
In an interview with The Independent, May was asked about his thoughts on Clapton’s opinion and the wider anti-vax movement. May responded: “I love Eric Clapton, he’s my hero, but he has very different views from me in many ways”.
He continued: “He’s a person who thinks it’s OK to shoot animals for fun, so we have our disagreements, but I would never stop respecting the man.”
May was then more forthright in his opinion in regards to those who are against the coronavirus vaccine, adding: “Anti-vax people, I’m sorry, I think they’re fruitcakes. There’s plenty of evidence to show that vaccination helps. On the whole they’ve been very safe. There’s always going to be some side effect in any drug you take, but to go around saying vaccines are a plot to kill you, I’m sorry, that goes in the fruitcake jar for me.”
The fierce debate comes in the wake of the UK government’s announcement that proof of vaccination will be a legal requirement at venues starting from the of September. Clapton shared a statement on his friend, Italian film producer Robin Monotti Graziadei’s Telegram account: “Following the PM’s announcement on Monday the 19th of July 2021, I feel honour 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.”
This was not the end of Clapton’s protest. In December, he and fellow cynic Van Morrison released ‘Stand and Deliver’. The single was just one of many anti-lockdown songs Morrison released. Subsequently, the duo was met with significant criticism.
Elsewhere, May has admitted that he and his wife, actress Anita Dobson, are considering leaving their home in London. This serious discussion comes after the recent torrential rain the city endured, which flooded their basement and destroyed a range of their most personal possessions.
Listen below to Clapton and Van Morrison song ‘Stand and Deliver’, if you can get through it.