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While mocking 'white anti-vaxxers,' Joy Reid blasts iconic guitarist Eric Clapton as a 'jerk' for his 'racist past' and pushing 'vaccine disinformation'

Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @thereidout (left); Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images (right)

MSNBC's Joy Reid managed yet another over-the-top dramatic reading for the camera Monday, and this time it was for a segment titled "The Absolute Worst."

Never ye mind, also, the curious similarity to the "Worst Person in the World" segment Keith Olbermann peddled before he departed MSNBC in disgrace many moons ago.

What did Reid say?

The far-left host of "The ReidOut" got in the virtual face of iconic guitarist Eric Clapton, whom she accused of pushing "vaccine disinformation." Reid also was none too pleased that Clapton donated a van and money "to British anti-vax group Jam for Freedom."

She also ripped Clapton's already well-known stances on COVID-19 vaccines and lockdowns. He and legendary vocalist Van Morrison collaborated on an anti-lockdown song in 2020, and earlier this year Clapton said he suffered "disastrous" side effects from his COVID-19 vaccine shots and blamed "propaganda" insisting they're safe.

In June, the guitarist said his musician friends stopped talking to him over his stances — yet Clapton continued to speak his mind and take action, as he announced in July that he won't perform at venues requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccines.

Reid also called out Clapton for appearing in a photo with "bounty hunter Texas Gov. Greg Abbott — because of course he did" while on a tour of "red states."

The host then invoked a racial stereotype about "white anti-vaxxers," saying "what really stands out about" them is that "they act like their freedom has been taken. Taken from them! And they have this weird habit of trying to do that by co-opting the history of actually oppressed people, like former 'SNL' comedian Jim Breuer, who blamed the cancellation of his shows on segregation, of forcing people to show up with vaccines, and declared that — quote — 'I'm not going to be enslaved to the system.'"

Reid points out Clapton's 'racist past'

She then mined Clapton's "racist past," as noted in a Rolling Stone article Monday that regurgitated things Clapton said dating back to 1968 and 1976, justifying its "fresh examination of Clapton's past behavior" due to the "current controversy" of his vaccine stance.

In other words, what Clapton said four or five decades ago wasn't enough for the far-left magazine to maul the guitarist in the years that followed — until, that is, Clapton declared things about COVID-19 vaccines Rolling Stone didn't like.

Reid was all in, of course, noting that Rolling Stone said Clapton "used a derogatory term to describe his friend Jimi Hendrix in 1968, though the magazine points out it was — quote — 'hipster slang' at the time." She added that "at a concert in 1976, [Clapton] went on a racist rant that included him saying: 'Stop Britain from becoming a black colony. Keep Britain white.'"

More from Reid:

Clapton has apologized for his racist past, blaming it on his addictions to alcohol and drugs. But his behavior over the past year is also questionable. And, as "Rolling Stone" put it, Clapton went from setting the standard for rock guitar to making full-tilt racist rants and becoming an outspoken vaccine skeptic. Did he change, or was he always like this? I mean, maybe he's just a jerk. So, Eric Clapton, for your dangerous rhetoric on COVID precautions and vaccinations, you are tonight's "Absolute Worst."

Reid's own skeletons, hypocrisy

Lest we forget, Reid has more recent skeletons in her closet — the only difference is that she's not getting mowed down by her media brethren or canceled for them on social media.

But rapper Nikki Minaj didn't let Reid forget, pointing out during a recent Twitter battle with the MSNBC host that while Reid sat on a high horse calling out Minaj's vaccine hesitancy, Reid last September tweeted plenty of vaccine hesitancy herself.

Minaj also called Reid "homophobic," presumably in reference to embarrassing past anti-LBGTQ blog posts attributed to her.

Like Clapton, Reid apologized — but unlike Clapton, Reid said she couldn't fathom that she wrote the blogs and just figured hackers were out to get her. Imagine that.

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