Punk rock used to be about fighting the power and sticking it to the man.
But in COVID-1984, it appears rockers are too busy acting as slaves to the machine.
Speaking as someone who frequented lots of concerts in the pre-COVID world, this headline really caught my attention.
With plummeted COVID-19 rates, concerts and other live events have started making a comeback across the country.
However, the experimental COVID-19 jabs have led to a new kind of discrimination.
And the discrimination against those unwilling to inject experimental vaccines into their body has hit the music scene.
Although this story comes from Florida, it doesn’t mean unvaxxed bias isn’t lurking around in deep-blue pockets within the state.
This story comes out of St. Petersburg as a rock concert venue wants to charge $18 per ticket if you’re vaccinated against COVID-19
But $999.99 if you’re unvaxxed.
All in an effort to convince those ‘looney anti-vaxxers,’ right?
It’s nothing more than shunning those who reject experimental medical treatments from society.
Look, I’ve been vaccinated, but my first thought here was “nothing says punk rock like doing exactly what the government wants you to do”https://t.co/i0jq6AxvBO
— Ashe Short (@AsheSchow) May 29, 2021
A Florida concert promoter is encouraging folks to get vaccinated for an upcoming punk rock show. Tickets are just $18 if attendees are vaccinated, but $1,000 if not. To get the discount, concertgoers must present their Covid vaccination card and photo ID.https://t.co/1b9AJp5igM
— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) May 29, 2021
One concert promoter in Florida figured out a way to make sure most fans, if not all, attending an upcoming punk show will be vaccinated. Details here: https://t.co/WrYsLxQzhL
— Heavy Consequence (@heavyconsequenc) May 29, 2021
F*ck this band. This isn't punk rock. This is asskissing rock.
Florida Punk Show Charging $1,000 For Unvaccinated Attendees, $18 For Vaccinated To Encourage Young People To Get Vaccine https://t.co/weUAUSu30H
— Nick Searcy, INSURRECTIONAL FILM & TELEVISION STAR (@yesnicksearcy) May 29, 2021
Why do I keep having to explain this? This is not punk. Bootlickers. https://t.co/rNajf7xOys
— Daniel Godfrey (@danielgodfrey) May 29, 2021
The New York Post had the story:
Tickets to a June 26 punk rock show in St. Petersburg will cost $18 for people who are vaccinated against COVID-19 — and $999.99 for those who aren’t.
“If you do not care about the discount, tickets are available for a flat rate of $999.99,” the concert promoter said.
Paul Williams of Leadfoot Promotions in Tampa Bay hopes the huge price disparity will incentivize young people to immunize their way into the mosh pit, after more than a year of not attending shows, according to ABC News.
“I also wanted it to be a vaccine drive to get the fence-sitters off the fence,” Williams told the network. “I wanted to get the kids that want to go to shows to go out and get their shots.”
So far no deep-pocketed punk fans have ponied up for the nearly four-figure tickets, Williams said.
“We’re all vaccinated. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated so we can see you in the pit,” Teenage Bottlerocket co-frontman Ray Carlisle told an ABC affiliate.
The response to the pricing has been “overwhelmingly positive,” but the stunt struck a sour note with some members of the local music scene, who have been flooding William’s phone with anti-vaccination spam, the promoter told the outlet.
“To care about people being safe is very bad apparently,” Williams said sarcastically, according to the report.
Daily Wire also reported:
Paul Williams of Leadfoot Promotions, the concert promoter, posted that those wishing to pay the lower price “you will need to bring a government issued photo ID and your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card.” Vaccinated attendees will need to have “had your second shot of Pfizer or Moderna, or your single shot of Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on or before 6/12/2021,” he added, also providing a link to a website that can replace a vaccination card.
Williams told ABC News that he “”I also wanted it to be a vaccine drive to get the fence-sitters off the fence.”
“I wanted to get the kids that want to go to shows to go out and get their shots,” he added.
ABC reported that about “250 discounted tickets for vaccinated patrons for are sale, compared to just four thousand-dollar tickets,” but that Williams said none of the $1,000 tickets have been sold.
For other rockers who pull this stunt, you’re the antithesis of punk.
You became what the genre was supposed to resist.
From this rock fan, I’d never attend a concert that does this.