Eric Clapton claims people who have had the Covid vaccine are victims of 'mass formation hypnosis'
- Clapton, 76, claimed people were hypnotised to follow messages against their will - a theory widely discredited by scientists
- In 2020, the singer teamed up with Van Morrison, 76, to release Stand And Deliver, a song slamming lockdowns
- He previously claimed to have suffered side effects from the AstraZeneca jab that left his hands and feet either 'frozen, numb or burning'
Eric Clapton has claimed that anyone who has taken the Covid vaccine is a victim of 'mass formation hypnosis'.
The singer, 76, has previously claimed he suffered alarming side effects after his AstraZeneca jabs and released an anti-lockdown single, Stand And Deliver, with Van Morrison in 2020.
In a new interview for The Real Music Observer YouTube channel, Eric claimed that subliminal messaging hidden in advertising led people to get the jab.
Different take: Eric Clapton has claimed that anyone who has taken the Covid vaccine is a victim of 'mass formation hypnosis'
He said: 'Whatever the memo was, it hadn't reached me. Then I started to realise 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.
'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.'
Mass formation psychosis - an attempt to hypnotise groups of people to follow messages against their will - has been widely discredited by scientists.
Rebels: The singer, 76, previously claimed he suffered alarming side effects after his AstraZeneca jabs and released ant-lockdown single Stand And Deliver with Van Morrison (pictured) in 2020
Asked why he felt implored to speak out in the first place, Clapton explained: '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.
'My family and friends got scared, and I think they were scared on my behalf.'
Clapton added that he also stopped watching the news due to the 'one-way traffic about following orders and obedience', which helped motivate him musically.
After he voiced his views, the Wonderful Tonight hitmaker - who is father to daughters Ruth, 37, Julie, 20, Ella, 19, and 16-year-old Sophie - said: '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.
'Inside my family, that became quite pivotal... I've got teenage girls, and an older girl who's in he thirties - and they've all had to kind of give me leeway because I haven't been able to convince any of them.'
Clapton - who is married to Melia McEnery - added: 'I would try to reach out to fellow musicians and sometimes I just don't hear from them.
'My phone doesn't ring very often. I don't get that many texts and emails anymore.'
Clapton has been releasing anti-vaccination and anti-lockdown statements and songs for months.
In December 2020, Clapton joined fellow classic rocker turned anti-vaxxer Van on his song, Stand and Deliver.
The song features lyrics including, 'Do you wanna be a free man / Or do you wanna be a slave?' and 'Dick Turpin wore a mask too.'
Clapton previously detailed a 'disastrous' experience with the AstraZeneca vaccine for which he blamed 'propaganda' for pushing on him.
The musician continued on revealing that he suffers from 'peripheral neuropathy and should never have gone near the needle.'
In a message to his music producer, he said: 'I took the first jab of AZ [AstraZeneca] and straight away had severe reactions which lasted ten days.'
The 76-year-old said he 'recovered eventually' but suffered further 'disastrous reactions' six weeks later after the second shot.
He added: 'My hands and feet were either frozen, numb or burning, and pretty much useless for two weeks, I feared I would never play again...
'I should never have gone near the needle. But the propaganda said the vaccine was safe for everyone.'
Clapton said of his decision to speak out: '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'