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[–]CertainCertainties 1917 points1918 points 2 (121 children)

Clapton inspired a whole protest movement in 1976, Rock Against Racism. That's an impressive achievement.

Granted, it was his racism that tens of thousands of people were protesting against. That was a bummer. (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_Against_Racism)

[–]MayOrMayNotBePie 505 points506 points  (28 children)

Step one: create problem.

Step 2: get paid to help solve problem.

[–]p_hennessey[🍰] 36 points37 points  (3 children)

Step 1: cut a hole in a box

[–]Pinecrown 16 points17 points  (2 children)

Step 2: put your junk in that box

[–]regnad__kcin 186 points187 points  (16 children)

Step 3: Call yourself a pharmaceutical company

[–]hahalole 24 points25 points  (14 children)

what the fuck level of derangement is this

[–]Skinjob985 55 points56 points  (7 children)

It's called the war on the drugs of our campaign donors biggest competitors, sponsored by Congressmen for reelection everywhere. The Sacklers certainly don't want to lower themselves to competing with those filthy Mexican drug cartels. They're too busy charging people for the solution to the problems they knowingly caused.

[–]Tigris_Morte 19 points20 points  (4 children)

Capitalism

[–]RageyCrockett 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Thank you... Everything on our devices do this. Buy buy buy! Consume consume consume!

[–]thelukus5 73 points74 points  (15 children)

Per the wiki wiki: (you should you’re from London!)

The movement was founded, in part, as a response to racist statements by well-known rock musicians such as Eric Clapton and David Bowie.[1][2]

Holy shit Bowe was a wannabe Nazi at some point and time.

[–]AngusLynch09 69 points70 points  (0 children)

Holy shit Bowe was a wannabe Nazi at some point and time.

If Twitter existed in the 70s when Bowie was an addict, the world would view Bowie the same way the world views Kanye.

[–]stargate-command 34 points35 points  (4 children)

At least Bowie owned it and turned it around. When I read that I was really disheartened, until I saw he realized how terrible it was and owned up to it as a mistake born of drugs and idiocy.

And actually worked to oppose those ideas later one. Phew. Dodged a bullet on that one.

Clapton though…. He was always a piece of shit. Taking advantage of George Harrison’s kindness.

[–]zandengoff 6 points7 points  (0 children)

My favorite interview is him calling out MTV for not playing black artists. https://youtu.be/XZGiVzIr8Qg

[–]andjuan 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Reading his wiki article, it makes it sound like he was just coked up and being an edge lord.

[–]SporkofVengeance 41 points42 points  (4 children)

To be fair to Bowie, he was largely living on cocaine and milk at the time.

[–]lookamazed 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Yeah, and Bowie made a total about face on his earlier statements.

[–]I_am_Andrew_Ryan 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Wiki wiki wild wild west

[–]Draft-Repulsive 180 points181 points  (28 children)

Clapton would literally be nowhere without Black music; what a hack

[–]hhubble 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Isn't that like alcohol is the cause of and solution to all of life's problems.

[–]Toshiba1point0 2 points3 points  (1 child)

According to chemistry, alcohol is a solution

[–]poolpog 659 points660 points  (98 children)

He didn't play the solos on Layla

Just sayin'

[–]Punker1234 167 points168 points  (58 children)

Wait, is this true??? Thats a game changer.

[–]poolpog 185 points186 points  (52 children)

[–]shortyXI 83 points84 points  (0 children)

This just blew my mind thank you dude

[–]MayorCraplegs 44 points45 points  (44 children)

I’m pretty sure Clapton also credits PRINCE with being the worlds greatest guitarists

[–]King-Autismo 76 points77 points  (4 children)

Thought it was common knowledge that Duane Allman played the slide guitar on that song.

[–]el_smurfo 42 points43 points  (1 child)

It literally sounds exactly like Allman. Every guitarist has a style and this leap out of the speakers.

[–]PeppyMinotaur 73 points74 points  (23 children)

I mean Clapton is an amazing musician. He’s an absolute turd of a person apparently but he’s still an amazing musician.

[–]JoePants 40 points41 points  (9 children)

I mean Clapton is an amazing musician. He’s an absolute turd of a person apparently but he’s still an amazing musician.

A sewer rat might taste link pumpkin pie but I wouldn't know, I ain't eatin' the filthy thing.

[–]Bahob 412 points413 points  (34 children)

Meanwhile, Sting is baffled by Eric Clapton and Van Morrison's anti-vaccination stance as he points out they are all old enough to have seen people crippled by Polio which vaccines eradicated in most of the world.

https://guitar.com/news/music-news/sting-eric-clapton-baffled-vaccine-mandates-scepticism/

[–]Bad_Writer_ 202 points203 points  (18 children)

Same with Neil Young, who actually had polio. He is threatening to leave Spotify because Joe Rogan keeps spreading vaccine misinformation.

[–]dahamsta 50 points51 points  (1 child)

Just for the record, Van Morrison has always been an ignorant twat, this is just the latest example.

[–]breecher 38 points39 points  (0 children)

Well, so has Clapton.

[–]BobHilt 28 points29 points  (1 child)

So Clapton's the Aaron Rodgers of guitarists.

[–]rogan_doh 307 points308 points  (16 children)

Eric Clapton: vaccines are un-natural and a poison

Also Eric Clapton: 50+ years of heroin and cocaine use.

[–]dmk0246 80 points81 points  (2 children)

Ah, he took the Tim Allen approach; get coked-up and hustle on the side until caught, then go-all family values and how crack is an inner city problem (e.g. code for ‘Black’ people issue).

[–]TX16Tuna 21 points22 points  (0 children)

It’s fine for this guy to be a voice actor for beloved children’s movies.

It’s also fine for the Koch brothers to fund “educational” youtube content

Everything is fine

[–]drasglaf 6 points7 points  (2 children)

I know a vegan heroin addict. It's like saying I know a desert mussel, but it's true.

[–]Toopad 8 points9 points  (0 children)

i don't know if it's that paradoxal. you can care for animals and not yourself

[–]Pummelsche 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah, but those are natural. They come from plants. :-)

[–]Skanktron4000 18 points19 points  (1 child)

"The Covid Vaxx is dangerous, youre all brainwashed!"

-Heroin User Eric Clapton

[–]Carrotandstick50 1103 points1104 points  (139 children)

Eric Clapton, please stop talking.

[–]ryanmuller1089 424 points425 points  (89 children)

Yea. Didn’t know until semi recently he’s a total dick.

[–]Duckdxd 79 points80 points  (53 children)

did he steal george harrison’s wife after living at his house?

[–]OrangAMA 92 points93 points  (49 children)

Eh it’s pretty complicated, there was a lot of wife sharing going on in that circle. George was fine with it for the most part and went to their wedding. George had also been having an affair with Ringo’s wife which George’s wife (and ringo) didn’t approve of, although that might just be her take after the fact considering she wasn’t really the worlds most loyal wife either.

[–]Anarcho_Absurdist 143 points144 points  (30 children)

I've known lots of people with mental illness and extreme life experiences.

Very few of them were as much of a dick as say, going on a public racist rant to keep Britain white, or anything.

Eric Clapton is a dick.

[–]span_of_atten 48 points49 points  (4 children)

Disagree. I know many folks with mental illness (myself included), not a one is racist or anti-science.

Clapton is a huge dick.

[–]Whaddyalookinatmygut 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Idk, he had that long rant about how black people shouldn’t be in England or some shit like that. That alone makes him a dick as a person, and I can totally appreciate his art, but the guys a dick.

[–]Nickadeamus36 6 points7 points  (3 children)

I would classify him as pure dick. From his racist rants, and “Covid activism”.

He is pure self entitled dick.

Many people have had tragedies and hard lives, they don’t shuffle into the cockery the way Clapton has.

Nick Cave lost his son. He didn’t preen and spew toxic garbage like Clapton did.

[–]Haitisicks 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Layyyyyla

Got me on my knees

[–]megapuffranger 169 points170 points  (29 children)

That’s what surprises me, I’ve always known he was a dick because one of the first things I knew about him was that racist rant he went on about keeping Britain white or something along those lines. That was way before I was born.

[–]MelangeLizard 54 points55 points  (26 children)

His Jimi Hendrix quote is breathtakingly incel

[–]bettymachete 118 points119 points  (15 children)

“When he first came to England, you know English people have a very big thing towards a spade. They really love that magic thing, the sexual thing. They all fall for that sort of thing. Everybody and his brother in England still sort of think that spades have big dicks. And Jimi came over and exploited that to the limit, the fucking tee. Everybody fell for it. Shit.”

[–]iscreamuscreamweall 69 points70 points  (1 child)

Sounds like Clapton was insecure about the fact that jimi played circles around him

[–]sybrwookie 54 points55 points  (0 children)

And because he zoomed right in on dick size, I'm guessing he's lacking in that area? Otherwise, why go in that exact direction?

[–]caninehere 16 points17 points  (0 children)

He didn't even recently out himself as a dick either. He's been a dick his entire life.

He's so much of a racist piece of shit that it even makes me think less of people like George Harrison, who was good friends with him.

[–]jonnybravo76 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Me neither. Didn't realize he was a nationalist, racist piece of shit. Remove his guitar and dude is storming the capital.

[–]kkngs 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Kinda sounds like it may be a bit more than just being a dick. This is starting to get into psychosis/paranoia territory here.

[–]Butt_Plug_Bonanza 50 points51 points  (6 children)

Drunk uncle

[–]MonkeyTacoBreath 10 points11 points  (2 children)

[–]thescrounger 9 points10 points  (1 child)

One would think a lifetime of cocaine and heroin use would have an effect on the brain ...

[–]iamveryBLISS 19 points20 points  (8 children)

His singing isn't anything to brag about either. The guitar is was his forte.

[–]OccamsBeard 5 points6 points  (1 child)

On Johnny Carson Tonight Show he asked if he could change anything about himself, he said he wished he could sing better

[–]KhanMichael 22 points23 points  (5 children)

Be fair, hell of a guitar player.

Total arse of a man, though.

[–]iscreamuscreamweall 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Probably the most overrated guitar legend of all time.

Wasn’t even the best guitarist in London in the 60s.

[–]87yearoldman 16 points17 points  (2 children)

His guitar playing is boring as fuck

[–]amitym 4 points5 points  (0 children)

People everywhere, please [stop] paying Eric Clapton attention when he talks.

Some people are good at one thing. That's okay. We don't need them to be good at anything else. We don't even need them to speak. Sssh, Eric. Sssh. That's it. Much better.

[–]rkhbusa 49 points50 points  (9 children)

If I had him as a father I would have thrown myself out of a sky rise window.

[–]whereitsat23 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Too soon?

[–]gaspergou 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Too late.

[–]HYPERBOLE_TRAIN 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Fucking savage.

[–]Devi1_May_Cry 4 points5 points  (2 children)

What's the difference between a kilo of cocaine and a baby?

[–]rkhbusa 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Clapton wouldn’t have lost a kilo of cocaine!

[–]sweep-montage 13 points14 points  (7 children)

Never trust a man who thinks a slow jam version of Layla is a good thing.

[–]refried_pancakes 209 points210 points  (20 children)

Fuck Clapton, I wish Frank Zappa were still alive. I'd love to hear his theories about the internet.

[–]dig1965 39 points40 points  (6 children)

It looks just like a Telefunken U-47.

With leather.

[–]plethorax5 29 points30 points  (6 children)

And Zappa vs Clapton as a soloist? No contest. Zappa wins every time.

[–]Sweatytubesock 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Zappa always pissed all over the likes of Clapton, from a staggering height. Just in the musical field. Won’t get into the human field, where the gap is that much bigger.

[–]randominsectdoom 4 points5 points  (2 children)

gotta say, i'm happy Dweezil and Steve Vai carry on his legacy.

[–]jejcicodjntbyifid3 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Mmm yes Zappa was brilliant and eloquently spoken. I'd like to see his take on the internet and modern music as well

[–]MetaJonez 53 points54 points  (0 children)

Once a Yardbird. Now a shitbird.

[–]MrRickSter 125 points126 points  (7 children)

Eric Clapton, the racist rapist? That Eric Clapton?

[–]Bbrainss 27 points28 points  (5 children)

Whoa. I've heard of the racism but what's this about rape? Sauce?

[–]MrRickSter 61 points62 points  (4 children)

The man himself. He admitted to abusing and raping his wife Pattie Boyd.

[–]melindaj20 10 points11 points  (1 child)

JFC, I knew his name but didn't know his music and didn't know anything at all about him until recently. Yet there always seems to be a new, worse reason, every time someone explains why he's a terrible person.

[–]dulce_3t_decorum_3st 9 points10 points  (0 children)

And yet he, of all people, isn’t cancelled

[–]Churlish_Turd 35 points36 points  (1 child)

His hand isn’t the only part of him that’s slow. He’s always been a dipshit, this is nothing new

[–]Mutex70 24 points25 points  (0 children)

In other news: Eric Clapton is batshit crazy.

[–]conasatatu247 56 points57 points  (1 child)

Great at the old gee-tar but a total fucking asshole

[–]Aggravating_Termite 215 points216 points  (8 children)

It's sad. Such a great musician but he's really losing the plot.

[–]mysilvermachine 328 points329 points  (2 children)

In 1976 he ranted from stage about ‘keeping Britain white’. I think he lost it then and never got it back.

[–]RockerElvis 154 points155 points  (0 children)

Yeah, this is not new behavior. He has always been an asshole.

[–]BRUTFROCK 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I didn't realize that was so long ago. I wanted to believe it was more recent

[–]MaskedJakyl 59 points60 points  (1 child)

Good guitarist, terrible person,always has been.

[–]mummy__napkin 12 points13 points  (0 children)

i love that story of how he got super rattled and butthurt when Jimi Hendrix first showed up in the UK because he had his head so far up his own ass.

[–]Sundance1908 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Or was he great because of subliminal messaging?

[–]JustARealTreat 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Racist, antivax, Qanon loser. Go away.

[–]707Guy 19 points20 points  (2 children)

Take Clapton and give us back SRV please

[–]elk69420 17 points18 points  (0 children)

The more I learn of Eric Clapton, the less I like

[–]NightDrive17 27 points28 points  (2 children)

Eric Clapton can suck a dick.

[–]lvhockeytrish 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Are you giving permission or stating a fact

[–]fkbfkb 26 points27 points  (1 child)

If there is one thing that social media has taught us, it’s that some of our favorite celebs are absolutely friggin crazy

[–]Rosebunse 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I always thought I was into some weird conspiracies. And then Covid happened and it turns out I'm relatively normal and well adjusted.

[–]CaptainJackVernaise 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Neil Young says hi, loser.

[–]OLD_GREGG420 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Dude's an asshole and one of the most overrated musicians in rock history. Cool bro you made a career jamming on the blues scale while doing absolutely nothing musically interesting and you expect people to listen to your bullshit?

[–]FionaWor 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Well, there's nothing subliminal about Clapton's advertising of racism and conspiracy theories. Can't get more obvious.

[–]MayOrMayNotBePie 13 points14 points  (0 children)

He is talking like a heroin addic…oh, wait.

[–]Dendad6972 22 points23 points  (1 child)

Syphilis is my bet.

[–]MisterCatLady 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Swiss-cheese brain

[–]inter-dimensional 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Eric Clapton the racist? That Eric Clapton?

[–]rioting-pacifist 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Clapton is a clown, always has been, but the having to post shit on youtube/facebook if you want it seen is true for everyone, there is a lot of anti-Capitalist content on there for example.

[–]Decimit_ 17 points18 points  (0 children)

He is a racist and crazy conspiracy theorist. So surprised these things run hand in hand.

[–]cicalino 126 points127 points  (103 children)

Clapton is one of those artists you have to separate the brilliant body of work from the increasingly disgraceful man.

[–]key1234567 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Nope, I'm over.

[–]dewayneestes 143 points144 points  (19 children)

Or just ignore him altogether and move on. If you really love his playing just listen instead to all the blues musicians he ripped off.

[–]waheifilmguy 33 points34 points  (21 children)

Nah. His music is mediocre AF. Easy to ignore it and think he’s just a douche.

[–]SlimGym21 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That slow ride to the basement...

[–]Stronsky 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Very much an 'ok boomer' kind of moment

[–]gubmintbacon 2 points3 points  (2 children)

So many people I’ve, maybe not looked up to but certainly admired in some small, tangential way, have emerged as complete crackpot weirdos. Clapton, Aaron Rodgers, John Stockton. Definitely reminded me that I’ve projected personality traits onto professional talents and these really are people and people are weird. And wrong. And just stupid.

[–]jeanphilli 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Don’t be hard on yourself, I was an OJ Simpson fan when he played for the Buffalo Bills. Even had a poster on my wall.

[–]northcoastroast 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Regardless of how many scientific and gardening and liberal political videos I watch youtube tries to only send me or recommend for me military videos Jordan Peterson videos and other right wing propaganda that is used to radicalize people.

[–]bulgakov82 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I'm burning every album I ha..... oh wait. I don't have any because the blues source material is better in every way than Claptons drivel.

[–]neanderthalsavant 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Fuck that racist has-been

[–]ZaphodBeeblebrox-FtW 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It's a sad day when your heroes are revealed as racist, anti-vax idiots.

[–]renniechops 9 points10 points  (0 children)

This fuckin guy

[–]Speedracer666 9 points10 points  (1 child)

He and Aaron Rodgers need to form a band

[–]FirmInteraction2519 12 points13 points  (7 children)

Don't do coke, kids.

[–]orbesomebodysfool 28 points29 points  (4 children)

What's the difference between a 4 year old and a bag of cocaine?

Eric Clapton would never let a bag of cocaine fall out a window.

[–]Anarcho_Absurdist 14 points15 points  (7 children)

So, Eric Clapton is a white supremacist, anti-vaxxer, conspiracy theorist who, based on his artistic output, cares as much about cocaine as he did his son whose death he is responsible for.

Is he auditioning to be the king of the dumbass, regressive boomers?

[–]mitzyelliot 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It's time to stop. Please let me enjoy your music without having to feel guilty 😭

[–]Immediate_Pizza_3900 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I kind of miss the days when you didn’t know Jack squat about performers personal lives. The days when you wrote a letter to an entertainer you liked and 4 months later you got a photo signed by their secretary look really appealing right about now.

[–]keinish_the_gnome 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Facebook really destroyed boomers’ minds. They grew up kicking rocks for fun. Poor fuckers never stood a chance.

[–]Several_Emphasis_434 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Omg - he drank more kool aid - idiot

[–]Usually_Am 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Gotta love it when people claim conspiracy on the platform they are using

[–]ForksandSpoonsinNY 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Are we all getting this dumb or is it COVID brain damage?

[–]SteelyPhil666 2 points3 points  (0 children)

His antics/comments have made me ashamed of the longstanding love I’ve held for his groundbreaking guitar playing

[–]BRUTFROCK 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You were cool when I was a kid Eric, now you're just a washed up asshole on asshole island. Go away

[–]Everettrivers 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Cocaine's a hell of a drug.

[–]becauseicansowhynot 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Eric Clapton, you were amazing but I think the vast quantities of cocaine you inhaled has turned your brain to Swiss cheese.

[–]kah43 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Man when he decided to go racist old crackpot he went total racist old crackpot. Man needs to go home and just keep his mouth shut.

[–]vangoghcuckurself 2 points3 points  (0 children)

So he’s still doing cocaine?

[–]hunterlowe101 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Clapton has gone off the rails

[–]gringodeathstar 2 points3 points  (0 children)

ahh yes, Eric Clapton, notable racist and xenophobe

[–]mevrowka 2 points3 points  (0 children)

He’s a moron.

[–]ArNaSTy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It really fucking sucks my all time favorite musical artist is a fucking idiot.

[–]The_Infectious_Lerp 5 points6 points  (0 children)

He should dump the guitar and pick up the calliope because he's clearly joined the circus.

[–]ReverseStereo 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Great guitar player, part of iconic bands like Cream and Blind Faith. And yet, a word class dipshit.

[–]2fly2hide 8 points9 points  (1 child)

This just in: Eric Clapton is likely suffering from dementia.

[–]bc2021omd 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Love the man's music, but he's coo coo for cocoa puffs

[–]TraitorHunter 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Well, he’s a moron…so….

[–]thejayroh 3 points4 points  (1 child)

This sounds like paranoia projected onto youtube.

[–]RipWilder 20 points21 points  (18 children)

Everyone needs to remember he did a lot of heroin, a lot

[–]cryotek7 48 points49 points  (0 children)

Being an addict doesn’t tend to subvert your morals or character after you’re clean. Clapton has been an ass probably his whole life but being a great guitarist has given him a free pass for a lot of it. His ex-wife’s claims, the racist comments, his conspiracy bs, etc are not a coincidence.

[–]TheNigerRiver 16 points17 points  (7 children)

Coke too! Sad that he lost his son when he was all coked up.

[–]EdMarloFan 30 points31 points  (2 children)

What's the difference between a child and a bag of cocaine??

Eric Clapton would never let a bag of cocaine fall out a window...

[–]OlympiaShannon 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Yeah, he wasn't even there when that accident happened. The housekeeper or someone like that left a window open. Tragic accident that had nothing to do with him.

[–]McDaddyos 3 points4 points  (2 children)

So did stza. He’s not a racist twat. What’s your point?

[–]jamkoch 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Eric apparently took too many drugs when he was younger. His cognitive powers are being affected.

[–]edinedm2021 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And MTV wasn't when his videos were on that..

[–]TomVo62 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think he might have had a stroke.

[–]BubblyNebula 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Everyone I know uses ad-block…

[–]DrDroid 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Once a right wing nutter, always a right wing nutter.