Rock and roller Eric Clapton, a staunch anti-vaxxer, suggests anyone who has taken the COVID-19 vaccine is a victim of “mass formation hypnosis.”
Last year, the singer, 76, claimed he suffered side effects after his AstraZeneca shots and he also released an anti-lockdown single, Stand And Deliver, with Van Morrison in 2020.
In a new interview for The Real Music Observer YouTube channel, Clapton said subliminal messaging hidden in advertising is leading people to get the vaccine.
“Whatever the memo was, it hadn’t reached me. Then I started to realize there was really a memo, and a guy, Mattias Desmet [professor of clinical psychology at Ghent University in Belgium], talked about it. And it’s great. The theory of mass formation hypnosis. And I could see it then. Once I kind of started to look for it, I saw it everywhere,” the singer of “Cocaine” said.
“Then I remembered seeing little things on YouTube which were like subliminal advertising. It had been going on for a long time: that thing about ‘you will own nothing and you will be happy.’ And I thought, ‘What’s that mean?’ And bit by bit, I put a rough kind of jigsaw puzzle together. And that made me even more resolute,” Clapton said.
Clapton said he chose to speak out in opposition because “my career had almost gone anyway. At the point where I spoke out it had been almost been 18 months since I’d been forcibly retired. ‘I joined forces with Van and I got the tip Van was standing up to the measures and I thought, ‘Why is nobody else doing this?’ so I contacted him. He said, ‘I’m just objecting, really. But it seems like we’re not even allowed to do that. And nobody else is doing it.'”
“He sent me Stand and Deliver, which he’d already recorded. And it was during the process of talking about that with another musician, getting excited and sharing the news I found that nobody wanted to hear that. I was mystified, I seemed to be the only person that found it exciting or even appropriate. I’m cut from a cloth where if you tell me I can’t do something, I really want to know why,” Clapton said.
The four-and-a-half minute blues song includes some harsh lyrics.
“Do you wanna’ be a free man or do you wanna be a slave?” Clapton, the former Cream guitarist, sings in the song. “Do you wanna’ wear these chains until you’re lying in the grave?”
Other lyrics include: “Magna Carta, Bill of Rights/ The constitution, what’s it worth?/ You know they’re gonna’ grind us down, ah/ Until it really hurts/ Is this a sovereign nation/ Or just a police state?/ You better look out, people/ Before it gets too late.”
The song ends with Clapton singing, “Dick Turpin wore a mask too,” a reference to an 18th century highwayman who wore a mask to hide his identity as he committed crimes.
Joseph Curl has covered politics for 35 years, including 12 years as White House correspondent, and ran the Drudge Report from 2010 to 2015. Send tips to [email protected].