In the music world, like anywhere else, we have the Dolly Parton types and the Ian Brown types. Can you find more opposite attitudes than these two? You would think that musical abilities and artistic tendencies unite people and make them think alike? But this could not be further from the truth.
Ian Brown has announced he was stepping down as headliner of this year’s Neighbourhood Weekender festival, which has been rescheduled for September 2021. The reason is simple: the musician refuses ‘to accept vaccination proof as a condition of entry.’ In case it wasn’t clear, a few days ago he had also tweeted he would ‘NEVER sing to a crowd who must be vaccinated as a condition of attendance. NEVER EVER.’
It’s not a complete surprise as the Stone Roses’ singer has been tweeting about conspiracy theories and other anti-masks non-sense since the beginning of the pandemic, but it’s very dispiriting to see so many people still supporting his covidiocy: 10.9K liked his tweet and too many retweeted it!! It’s reasonable to think that vaccination proof will probably be asked at the entrance of many festivals and other events like sports events, so people better get used to it. As for those who are saying this is about freedom and personal opinion, they do not understand how public health works, at all. And Ian Brown, who is calling the festival’s decision the ‘new Nazi normal, is a big part of the problem.
At the opposite of the celebrity spectrum, you have the awesome Dolly Parton who just got the first shot of the Moderna vaccine that she helped finance. She even altered her most famous song, ‘Jolene’ into ‘Vaccine’ and sang the first verse in a short video documenting the event with the caption ‘Dolly gets a dose of her own medicine.’ This is certainly the attitude, and Dolly has plenty of it ‘Don’t be such a chicken squat!’ she joked. And let’s not forget that Dolly made a $1 million donation to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and that the money helped fund three pandemic-related research projects, including the Moderna vaccine.
Here are the 2 extremes and not necessarily coming from the expected camps: the daughter of a ‘dirt-poor’ 12-children family raised in the Tennessee mountains not only trusts but helps science – the little video she made will also have a lot of influence – while the son of a UK blue-collar family and product of an elitist Grammar school is an arrogant anti-science idiot! I obviously don’t want to make this a UK versus US thing, as the US has its amount of anti-vaxxers and other covidiots, but these two music celebrities perfectly sum up the current situation. Be a Dolly Parton, not an Ian Brown, we certainly need many more like her if we want to go back to a live event at some point.
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