Eric Clapton has recently claimed that the vaccinated are under mass hypnosis. He went on to admit that even he had gotten duped into the vaccine propaganda.
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Eric Clapton’s career “had almost gone anyway” before his anti-conventional medical movement gained traction.
The 76-year-old artist appeared on YouTube’s Real Music Observer channel to talk about just how his life has altered since grudgingly accepting AstraZeneca’s vaccine in 2021. Clapton’s anti-vaccination attitude has now become more vocal.
He said that subconscious messaging in pharmaceutical advertisements had tricked him into taking the COVID-19 vaccine, and encouraged everyone else not to succumb to it.
“Whatever the memo was, it hadn’t reached me,” he claimed, alluding to the anti-vaccine conspiratorial idea of “mass formation hypnosis,” that gathered public backing in 2021. (It’s also known as “mass formation psychosis” in some sectors.)
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The hypothesis, which is credited to Belgian psychologist Mattias Desmet, effectively alludes to a type of mind manipulation that has swept over society, enabling unscrupulous leaders to effortlessly persuade masses into embracing vaccines or donning face masks, for instance.
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“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,” Clapton continued. “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.”
Clapton recalled “seeing little things on YouTube which were like subliminal advertising,” he said.
The former Cream guitarist also discussed about his attempts with fellow British songwriter Van Morrison to speak out against vaccination mandates on account of other musicians.
“My career had almost gone anyway. At the point where I spoke out, it had been almost 18 months since I’d kind of been forcibly retired,” he added, referring to the months when pandemic regulations forced the cancellation of live shows.
“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.”
Morrison, 76, allegedly claimed that he wasn’t “allowed” to openly refuse to immunization mandates, according to him.
“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,” the “Cocaine” singer said.
“My family and friends got scared, and I think they were scared on my behalf,” he added.
Clapton further confessed that he had given up on modern news media, which he defined as “one-way traffic about following orders and obedience” — a decision he claims has aided him creatively and professionally.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also joked about his political ideas causing him to lose connection with friends and family: “My family and friends think I am a crackpot anyway.”
“Over the last year, there’s been a lot of disappearing — a lot of dust around, with people moving away quite quickly. It has, for me, refined the kind of friendship I have. And it’s dwindled down to the people that I obviously really need and love,” he said.
“Inside my family, that became quite pivotal,” he said, speaking of wife Melia McEnery and four daughters, Ruth, 37, Julie, 20, Ella, 19, and Sophie, 16. “I’ve got teenage girls, and an older girl who’s in her 30s — and they’ve all had to kind of give me leeway because I haven’t been able to convince any of them.”
Clapton claims that despite garnering headlines, others within the music industry have ostracized him. “I would try to reach out to fellow musicians and sometimes I just don’t hear from them,” he said. “My phone doesn’t ring very often. I don’t get that many texts and emails anymore.”
Nevertheless, Clapton has been recognized to lend his assistance to anti-vaxxers, which would include paying more than $1,300 to a British rock band that was fined for violating COVID-19 policy during a concert in 2021.
Clapton, in addition to his collaboration with the vocalist of “Brown Eyed Girl,” released the song “This Has Gotta Stop” last year, which had an identical message: “I can’t take this BS any longer / It’s gone far enough / You want to claim my soul / you’ll have to come and break down this door.”
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