Amidst a rise in COVID cases, we’ve already seen some artists and venues start to require vaccines or negative COVID tests for attendees at their shows.
And most recently, the two largest concert promoters in the country announced that they would be requiring proof of vaccination at their venues and festivals (with Live Nation also accepting a negative COVID test, while AEG will not).
And it seems Travis Tritt has some thoughts on this.
In a statement, Travis said that seeing these restrictions made him feel compelled to speak out against them:
“In light of recently announced policies and mandates from some entertainment companies, promoters, and local municipalities which would discriminate against specific concert attendees who are not vaccinated, I feel compelled to make a statement.
I have always been a huge defender of basic human rights and liberty for all. No government, employer, or private entity should ever be allowed to infringe on those rights and liberties.”
Travis then ripped the requirement that people prove they’re unvaccinated, calling it “discrimination” and urging others to stand with him to fight against vaccine mandates:
“If you agree that any form of discrimination should be condemned and that basic human rights are worth defending, I urge you to stand up with me and let your voices be heard.
The only way these injustices can be defeated is with a unified front against them.”
He then signed off with a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.:
“Use your voice to stand for what is right and against what is wrong. Long live freedom!
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” -M.L. King, Jr.
On the other side of the aisle, American Aquarium has taken to Twitter to defend vaccine requirements being implemented by artists and venues, noting that most of the mandates come with the option of presenting a negative COVID test if you don’t want to get the vaccine.
Fun Fact: if a band or club requires you to show proof of vaccination **OR** a negative COVID test to come to a show, they are giving you options, one of which is NOT GETTING THE FUCKING VACCINE. Your “RigHts aNd FreEduMs” are still in tact, Captain America, so pipe down. 🇺🇸🦅