The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger has hit out at anti-vaxxers, saying “you can’t argue with these people”.
In the video, Jagger is “shooting the vaccine, Bill Gates is in my bloodstream”. This is a subtle nod towards dangerous disinformation which has spread during this pandemic.
“They’re just irrational” – Jagger
Speaking to Rollingstone, Jagger explained that he was inspired to write the lyrics for this track, when several of his close family and friends began to believe conspiracy theorys regarding Covid-19.
“It just seems to be that even people you know that are relatively sensible about a lot of things have one thing that they just don’t kind of get”, Jagger said.
The rockstar continued, “I have several friends and relations and they go off on these things that just doesn’t. They’re just irrational. Of course, there’s no point in speaking to people about it. They don’t get it. They got what they believe in and they believe in that. And it doesn’t matter what you say, they’re gonna believe in it. And rational thought doesn’t work”.
“The most anti-vaccine country in Western democracy”
In terms of anti-vaxxers, Jagger branded France “the most anti-vaccine country in Western democracy”.
He added, “It’s not as if (vaccines) are a new thing. When I was a child, which was a really long time ago, people would die from polio. They would just not be there the next day. And that’s been eradicated through vaccines”.
“These poor children were either dead or crippled, and I had lots of friends like that. Would you rather have a vaccine if you had a child or would you rather their legs not work? You can’t argue with these people. So that’s how I got to the conspiracy theories; through the anti-vaxxers. Even I didn’t mention it in that verse; I probably should’ve though (since) I just went off on it”.
Despite this, Jagger remained hopeful that people will begin to change their minds about vaccines.
“After a while, some people maybe change their minds on this (vaccines)”.
Last month, Jon Bon Jovi said that Mick Jagger pretended to be a bandmate of his, before the singer hit the big time. More here.