Phoebe Bridgers has been voicing her opinion on famous rock guitarist Eric Clapton, describing him as a “famous racist”.
Clapton, famed for his work with Cream and former Beatle George Harrison, has hit headlines for numerous different reasons throughout his long career, most notably for the extremely racist comments he made during a concert in 1976.
The guitarist was also the subject of major tragedy in 1991 when his four-year-old song, Conor, died after falling out of an open bedroom window on the 53rd floor of a Manhattan apartment building. That very same tragedy is referenced by Bridgers on her new track ‘Moon Song’ when she sings: “We hate ‘Tears In Heaven’/ But it’s sad that his baby died.”
Reflecting on her choice of words during a recent interview with Double J, Bridgers said: “You know, I don’t think our Venn diagrams are very connected. “I have such an Eric Clapton rant, because I think it’s just extremely mediocre music, but also he’s a famous racist.”
She adds: “Sometimes I think people are too problematic to be cancelled, or not relevant enough to be cancelled. I mean, it wouldn’t even make news if he said something racist today, because he went on a racist rant in the ’60s or ’70s that was very famous.”
“The lyric used to be, ‘we hate Eric Clapton‘. It’s actually kind of worse now. Because it’s the dead baby song, which is a heartbreaking song.
“If I were to pick an Eric Clapton song, it’s up there with the ones that I actually like. So, it’s kind of a lie on the record, but it sounds more poetic.”