Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Eric Clapton Goes from Anti-Vaxxer to Pro-Palestinian, Backs Antisemite Roger Waters and UK Right Wing Politician


Eric Clapton is determined to destroy whatever legacy he had.

The rocker has posted to social media that he supports antisemitic former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters and a right wing UK politician named Andrew Feinstein. Clapton, already an anti-vaxxer and often described as a racist, is now pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel.

He wrote on Twitter X:

“Along with my dear friend Roger Waters, I stand in support of Andrew Feinstein, independent candidate for Holborn and St Pancras, in his fight for the children of Gaza, for the freedom of the people of Palestine, and for the soul of the human race… Against the genocide in Gaza… For love and Truth… Eric C”

Waters’s move to the right against Israel and the Jews has been going on for more than a decade. He’s appeared on stage in a Hitler costume and used a swastika for a backdrop.

Feinstein is a self-loathing South African author and activist who’s turned the idea of apartheid in his own country into a campaign against Israel. He’s a fan and friend of Jeremy Corbyn, former UK Labour Party leader often accused of antisemitism in Britain. Feinstein now lives in London and says he will run for office in the Labour Party.

Clapton himself has been accused of racism in the past, so antisemitism shouldn’t come as a surprise. Clapton asked “foreigners” at a 1976 show to raise their hands before suggesting they “should all leave.”

“Not just leave the hall, leave our country… I don’t want you here, in the room or in my country,” he said in part.

“The Black w— and c—- and Arabs and f—— Jamaicans don’t belong here, we don’t want them here,” Clapton added. “This is England, this is a white country, we don’t want any Black w— and c—- living here. We need to make clear to them they are not welcome.”

He called England “a white country” made “for white people.” Clapton supported right wing Conservative minister Enoch Powell. His statements inspired the Rock Against Racism movement in the UK in the late 70s. The irony, of course, is that all of his music is based on Black music, especially the catalog of the late blues man Robert Johnson, whose songs he now owns.

Contemporary blues musician Robert Cray broke with Clapton and quit their tour in 2021 after Clapton compared the pandemic lockdown to “slavery” in a song written by Van Morrison.

On a personal note, I am done with Clapton now. “Layla” for decades was my favorite song. Carol Miller used to play it on the radio for me on my birthday. But that’s all over now. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about on any subject, and doesn’t care that he might be influencing opinion to harm people’s health and perpetuate antisemitism. The only thing he’s said that true is that there are tears in heaven.

This is one result of Clapton and Waters’ racism:

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