Iconic musician Eric Clapton has accused Rolling Stone of running a “slur campaign” against him due to his views on COVID-19 vaccinations.

During an interview with prominent anti-vax advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.‘s podcast “The Defender,” Clapton talked about how his last couple of years have been.

“Over the last year, there’s been a lot of disappearing, a lot of dust around with people moving away quite quickly, and it does kind of refine the kind of friendships I have,” he said.

“It’s been difficult these last couple of years, especially with mainstream media turning. I had been inspired by Van [Morrison] because he came straight out and his reasoning was, ‘We have to make music for people.’ He’s a crusader, he sees it as his calling,” Clapton added. “And I thought, ‘That’s right, people are not really acquainted with the idea that this is as important in their healing as any kind of medicine. The whole community thing of people with being together with music.'”

Clapton also dismissed Rolling Stone, who recently published an article detailing the musician’s descent from “vaccine skeptic” to “full-blown conspiracy theorist.”

“To come up to date with the new Rolling Stone kind of slur campaign, it becomes a compliment when it’s coming from certain areas of the media,” Clapton said. “It’s just an affirmation to me that I’ve been doing the right thing.”

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