Music legend and notorious anti-vaxxer, Eric Clapton, has a theory that “mass formation hypnosis” is the reason people are inclined to get the COVID-19 vaccination.
The “Wonderful Tonight” singer, 76, believes that subliminal messages planted in advertisements are the reason most of the world has been inclined to get vaccinated.
“Whatever the memo was, it hadn’t reached me,” he said in a recent interview. “Then I started to realize there was really a memo, and a guy, Mattias Desmet [a psychology professor], 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.”
Despite claiming the memo “hadn’t reached” him, Clapton was vaccinated in early 2021, but has become a vocal opponent after experiencing “severe reactions” from the AstraZeneca shot, due to peripheral neuropathy.
He said the side effects from the first dose lasted ten days as a result of his condition, but were even worse after getting the second course six weeks later.
“Needless to say, the reactions were disastrous, my hands and feet were either frozen, numb, or burning, and pretty much useless for two weeks, I feared I would never play again,” Clapton remarked.
At the time, he blamed “propaganda” for making him think the vaccine was safe for universal use, but now believes hidden messages are swaying the masses.
“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 continued.
He said he decided to speak out now, because “my career had almost gone anyway. At the point where I spoke out, it had been almost been eighteen months since I’d been forcibly retired.”
His last track, “Stand and Deliver,” which he recorded with Van Morrison in 2020, was not well received by the public. Clapton found that when he was sharing the news about their anti-lockdown song, “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 admitted.