To celebrate the opening of live events in California, iconic rock band, Foo Fighters played a show last night (16 June) that required attendees to present proof that they had been vaccinated. It didn’t go quite as planned though after anti-vaxxers started to show up outside to picket the event.
According to Insider, about 30 anti-vaxxers outside the venue described the concert’s entry requirements as “segregation”.
Photos from last night show people picketing with signs carrying messages like, “Foo Fighters Fight To Bring Segregation Back”, “Modern Segregation”, a picture of a hand whose middle finger is a syringe, and one partially obscured sign that appears to read “Vaccine Mandates Violate Bodily Autonomy”.
This is what happens when you just want to attend a @foofighters concert at a small local concert hall and the next thing out know you’re a “Vaccine Segregationist”. #FooFighters pic.twitter.com/fyDAZ2QcXn
— Christian Miles (@cmilessports) June 16, 2021
Apparently, actor Ricky Schroder (Silver Spoons, NYPD Blue) was among the protesters. On Sunday, when tickets went on sale for the show, Schroder took to Facebook to speak out against the event’s vaccine requirement.
He wrote, “Dave Grohl is an ignorant punk who needs slapped for supporting discrimination.. Ignorance comes in all shapes and sizes. Kurt Cobain is laughing at you Dave along with Millions of Patriots….Fool”. Yikes, the fact that he used the word ‘patriots’ screams entitlement to me.
Naturally enough, other people joined in with bad takes in the comment section. One FB user even chimed in with the worst comparison of all by asserting that “vaccine mandatory” is 2021’s “whites only” as someone very close to him “has autoimmune conditions that make the vaccine a high risk proposition.”
To be fair, there were many American social media users who defended Foo Fighters concert requirements too.
When you see anti-vaxxers and idiots online complaining that they can’t go to a Foo Fighters concert unless they’ve been fully vaccinated. 👋🏻 😂 pic.twitter.com/zQx3kE93E7
— Darius (@DariusGames1990) June 10, 2021
So far, Dave Grohl has not commented on the incident but did share his excitement on another vaccinated-only concert the band will be playing in New York.
“We’ve been waiting for this day for over a year. And Madison Square Garden is going to feel that hard. New York, get ready for a long ass night of screaming our heads off together to 26 years of Foos,” Dave said.
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) June 17, 2021