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(The Daily Beast)   Eric Clapton apologizes for racist comments he made decades ago. Aww, come on; they couldn't have been that bad. *reads article* OH LAWD   ( thedailybeast.com) divider line
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2018-01-12 02:22:18 PM  
Wow. I knew he lauded Enoch Powell from the stage, but I've never actually read his rant until now. Ho-lee farking shiat.
 
2018-01-12 02:35:18 PM  
"a kind of semi-racist"

:::reads the rant:::

Sorry Eric, there was no "semi-" about that.

On another note....

"Clapton believes that much of his addiction can be traced to the fact that he was brought up believing his grandparents were his parents and his mother was his sister."
Isn't there a pretty famous actor that had pretty much this same situation... or am I just recalling that I knew this about Clapton?
 
2018-01-12 02:41:56 PM  
"Listen to me, man! I think we should vote for Enoch Powell. Enoch's our man. I think Enoch's right, I think we should send them all back. Stop Britain from becoming a black colony. Get the foreigners out. Get the wogs out. Get the coons out. Keep Britain white. I used to be into dope, now I'm into racism. It's much heavier, man. farking wogs, man. farking Saudis taking over London. Bastard wogs. Britain is becoming overcrowded and Enoch will stop it and send them all back. The black wogs and coons and Arabs and farking Jamaicans and farking... don't belong here, we don't want them here. This is England, this is a white country, we don't want any black wogs and coons living here. We need to make clear to them they are not welcome. England is for white people, man. We are a white country. I don't want farking wogs living next to me with their standards. This is Great Britain, a white country.


So what're you trying to say?
 
2018-01-12 02:44:09 PM  
White guy blatantly steals from his black heroes, but is a racist idiot? Listens to his music... yup! Checks out!

Clapton sux
 
2018-01-12 02:44:34 PM  
42 years ago. It does not excuse the racist rant but what is the limit on how many years passing until a person can honestly say they have changed. I am not the same man I was 25 years ago, granted I was never a racist but did enjoy a drink a drive and the company of different women and occasionally waking up in a country I did not start  in.
 
2018-01-12 02:45:06 PM  
O_O
 
2018-01-12 02:47:41 PM  

eurotrader: 42 years ago. It does not excuse the racist rant but what is the limit on how many years passing until a person can honestly say they have changed. I am not the same man I was 25 years ago, granted I was never a racist but did enjoy a drink a drive and the company of different women and occasionally waking up in a country I did not start  in.


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2018-01-12 02:51:43 PM  
Eric Clapton sucks on so many levels.
 
2018-01-12 02:53:26 PM  
Nice to know that a guy that made a career out of half assing songs made popular by black men didn't want "coons" in his country.
 
2018-01-12 02:54:12 PM  
I wonder what's going to happen when his son finds out about his racist remarks...
 
2018-01-12 02:56:36 PM  

Hoban Washburne: Nice to know that a guy that made a career out of half assing songs made popular by black men didn't want "coons" in his country.


Hey be fair. Part of his career was based off letting his kid die.

"Would you hear me cry
If I fell out your window?"
 
2018-01-12 02:57:39 PM  

dletter: "a kind of semi-racist"

:::reads the rant:::

Sorry Eric, there was no "semi-" about that.

On another note....

"Clapton believes that much of his addiction can be traced to the fact that he was brought up believing his grandparents were his parents and his mother was his sister."
Isn't there a pretty famous actor that had pretty much this same situation... or am I just recalling that I knew this about Clapton?


Jack Nicholson.
 
2018-01-12 03:01:37 PM  

Hawk24: dletter: "a kind of semi-racist"

:::reads the rant:::

Sorry Eric, there was no "semi-" about that.

On another note....

"Clapton believes that much of his addiction can be traced to the fact that he was brought up believing his grandparents were his parents and his mother was his sister."
Isn't there a pretty famous actor that had pretty much this same situation... or am I just recalling that I knew this about Clapton?

Jack Nicholson.

"Knock Out Negroes" Nicholson? I'm sensing an alarming pattern....
 
2018-01-12 03:03:23 PM  
I read his autobiography, I think it was published in 2006, he was quite the jerk, even before he was on drugs and booze.
 
2018-01-12 03:03:48 PM  
Wow. Just wow.
As a blues guitar player, I've stolen a lot of his riffs (that he in turn stole) but I've always thought he was kind of a douche for breaking up Georges marriage. And have wondered if the guy isn't somehow cursed to have people around him die if they get close. 1) Duane Allman dies shortly after playing on Layla. 2) SRV dies after playing a concert with him. 3) His kid swan dives from a skyscraper.
I think there are others I've thought of but the bottom line is if I had the chance to meet the guy, I just might pass.
 
2018-01-12 03:04:18 PM  
I know it's hard to read, but let's not throw everything about Clapton out of the window just because an old tirade is in the news again
 
2018-01-12 03:04:27 PM  
First draft of "Fire and Rain"

Just yesterday morning, I want all those wogs gone.
Coons, the plans they made put an end to you.
I walked out this morning and I wrote down this song,
The arabs and jamaicans that's who to send it to.
I've seen fire and I've seen rain. I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end.

Eric:  what'd you think?
Producer:  awww a bit racy, can ya tone it down a tick
Eric: really?  ok
Producer:  keep the melody and guitar part tho.
Eric:  right.... pass me that bottle of wiskey
Producer: Just one more, ok, man.... we gotta finish this
Eric:  fu
 
2018-01-12 03:06:16 PM  
If you wanna go shout, black people get out
Cocaine
If you're a dumbass, don't hit the grass
Cocaine
 
2018-01-12 03:08:22 PM  

MagSeven: "Knock Out Negroes" Nicholson


He convinced Stanley Kubrick to hire Scatman Crothers for The Shining.
 
2018-01-12 03:08:41 PM  
I've seen mutliple interviews of him apologizing for it over the years. I'm not a Clapton fan, but some drunken coke-fueled rant from nearly half a century ago ain't the reason I don't like him.
 
2018-01-12 03:13:06 PM  

dugitman: I've seen mutliple interviews of him apologizing for it over the years. I'm not a Clapton fan, but some drunken coke-fueled rant from nearly half a century ago ain't the reason I don't like him.


Agreed, but like they say, "You fark one goat...".
 
2018-01-12 03:13:21 PM  

wiseolddude: I read his autobiography, I think it was published in 2006, he was quite the jerk, even before he was on drugs and booze.


Being declared "God" will do that to you.
 
2018-01-12 03:14:02 PM  

dugitman: drunken coke-fueled rant


Maybe... what I would say is that more times than not, a drunken coke-fueled rant is just a bunch of stuff you really believe, but, are smart enough not to yell out loud in a normal state of mind.

/Exhibit "A" on why many people consider Donald Trump extremely unstable.
 
2018-01-12 03:15:25 PM  
Hmmm, did he make a comment that may have been semi-acceptable in the 70s but definitely not now...

**click**
**RTFA**

WTF????  Was he wearing sheets and burning a T at his concert?

Seriously - WTF?
 
2018-01-12 03:17:30 PM  

FlyingFarmer: White guy blatantly steals from his black heroes, but is a racist idiot? Listens to his music... yup! Checks out!

Clapton sux


[Peter] Green is better than "God".
 
2018-01-12 03:17:30 PM  
I was led to believe that no footage of this event actually existed, and was chalked up to a urban legend that it even occurred....

Its disappointing that it apparently indeed happened, though if he was smacked out on booze and drugs, that will make anyone hateful.

I do believe people can change and evolve their thinking.
 
2018-01-12 03:18:48 PM  

FlyingFarmer: White guy blatantly steals from his black heroes, but is a racist idiot? Listens to his music... yup! Checks out!

Clapton sux


Isn't there a term for that? Cluttered oburation? Coddled adoration?  It roughly translated to "visiting your town and stealing your yeast"
 
2018-01-12 03:20:23 PM  

T.rex: I was led to believe that no footage of this event actually existed, and was chalked up to a urban legend that it even occurred....

Its disappointing that it apparently indeed happened, though if he was smacked out on booze and drugs, that will make anyone hateful.

I do believe people can change and evolve their thinking.


I'm not going to claim people can't change.... my bigger issue is with him claiming he was "semi-racist" because of that rant.   As I said... there isn't any "semi-" about that, that was full-on super-boner racist.
 
2018-01-12 03:21:28 PM  

Hawk24: dletter: "a kind of semi-racist"

:::reads the rant:::

Sorry Eric, there was no "semi-" about that.

On another note....

"Clapton believes that much of his addiction can be traced to the fact that he was brought up believing his grandparents were his parents and his mother was his sister."
Isn't there a pretty famous actor that had pretty much this same situation... or am I just recalling that I knew this about Clapton?

Jack Nicholson.


Thanks... for some reason, I was stuck on Warren Beatty, and I looked him up and it wasn't him, so, again thanks.
 
2018-01-12 03:21:59 PM  
I read a quote from someone who worked with Clapton saying that Clapton should never be let outside without a responsible adult.
 
2018-01-12 03:25:17 PM  

Trail of BABYMETAL DEATH: Eric Clapton sucks on so many levels.


Yes, many levels:

Racist? Check.
Steals Music that he didn't write? Check.
Steals Music from people he racially hates? Check.
Flaming lying Drug Addict? Check.
Got exponentially more boring as he got older? Check.
Breaks up George Harrison's Marriage? Check.
Shamelessly profits off of the death of his own son? Check and mate.

Also--Bear in mind Clapton was a flaming racist at a time when most boomers were still pretty liberal and actually on the streets protesting for rights.
 
2018-01-12 03:28:36 PM  

nitropissering: First draft of "Fire and Rain"

Just yesterday morning, I want all those wogs gone.
Coons, the plans they made put an end to you.
I walked out this morning and I wrote down this song,
The arabs and jamaicans that's who to send it to.
I've seen fire and I've seen rain. I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end.

Eric:  what'd you think?
Producer:  awww a bit racy, can ya tone it down a tick
Eric: really?  ok
Producer:  keep the melody and guitar part tho.
Eric:  right.... pass me that bottle of wiskey
Producer: Just one more, ok, man.... we gotta finish this
Eric:  fu


Um, do you think Clapton sang "Fire and Rain"?
 
2018-01-12 03:28:45 PM  

Relatively Obscure: "Listen to me, man! I think we should vote for Enoch Powell. Enoch's our man. I think Enoch's right, I think we should send them all back. Stop Britain from becoming a black colony. Get the foreigners out. Get the wogs out. Get the coons out. Keep Britain white. I used to be into dope, now I'm into racism. It's much heavier, man. farking wogs, man. farking Saudis taking over London. Bastard wogs. Britain is becoming overcrowded and Enoch will stop it and send them all back. The black wogs and coons and Arabs and farking Jamaicans and farking... don't belong here, we don't want them here. This is England, this is a white country, we don't want any black wogs and coons living here. We need to make clear to them they are not welcome. England is for white people, man. We are a white country. I don't want farking wogs living next to me with their standards. This is Great Britain, a white country.


So what're you trying to say?


That's it, I'm on the fence about voting for Eric Clapton.
 
2018-01-12 03:31:21 PM  
I'll give him a pass, as he was blind drunk from around '72 well into the 80s.
also, I like Wheels of Fire a lot.
 
2018-01-12 03:32:13 PM  
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"I think we should send them all back.
Stop Britain from becoming a black colony.
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Get the coons out.

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Keep Britain white. I used to be into dope, now I'm into racism. It's much heavier, man.

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Farking wogs, man. farking Saudis taking over London. Bastard wogs. Britain is becoming overcrowded and Enoch will stop it and send them all back. The black wogs and coons and Arabs and farking Jamaicans and farking... don't belong here, we don't want them here. This is England, this is a white country, we don't want any black wogs and coons living here. We need to make clear to them they are not welcome. England is for white people, man. We are a white country. I don't want farking wogs living next to me with their standards. This is Great Britain, a white country.

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2018-01-12 03:32:46 PM  
So I guess he isn't god after all.
 
2018-01-12 03:34:33 PM  
dletter:
I'm not going to claim people can't change.... my bigger issue is with him claiming he was "semi-racist" because of that rant.   As I said... there isn't any "semi-" about that, that was full-on super-boner racist.

Yes, i rolled my eyes at that 'semi', as well.  Aside from it being inaccurate, it indicates he is not taking full accountability.

But at the same time, he's been interviewed giving the most glowing admiration to the likes of Robert Johnson, so there is a dichotomy there.     I disagree with some people above that he 'stole' black music.  He's always been very forefront where his music comes from.   He never claimed it as his own.
 
2018-01-12 03:35:22 PM  
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2018-01-12 03:37:18 PM  

devilEther: MagSeven: "Knock Out Negroes" Nicholson

He convinced Stanley Kubrick to hire Scatman Crothers for The Shining.


That's one of Stephen King's infamous "Magical Negro" characters. It was going to be a black dude regardless.
 
2018-01-12 03:38:03 PM  
Wow.
And was he on something? He repeated himself several times.
 
2018-01-12 03:43:53 PM  

philodough: Wow.
And was he on something? He repeated himself several times.


...... Cocaiinnne.
 
2018-01-12 03:48:29 PM  
"I was so ashamed of who I was, a kind of semi-racist, which didn't make sense. Half of my friends were black, I dated a black woman and I championed black music."
- Eric Clapton

Co opted, eric, the term is co opted.
/what? english dance hall was too boring for you?
 
kab
2018-01-12 03:49:45 PM  
Different times.   I'm going to guess that most people shocked by this weren't alive when it happened, but this sort of talk was not exactly unusual in the mid 70's at all.
 
2018-01-12 03:54:48 PM  

kab: Different times.   I'm going to guess that most people shocked by this weren't alive when it happened, but this sort of talk was not exactly unusual in the mid 70's at all.


I think this is a grade A example of why I believe institutional racism still exists today -- it wasn't exactly subtle 40 years ago, and those people went on to shape the world. Though yes, I do think it is getting better.
 
2018-01-12 03:56:43 PM  

philodough: Wow.
And was he on something? He repeated himself several times.


Cocaine, duh.
 
2018-01-12 03:56:53 PM  

dugitman: devilEther: MagSeven: "Knock Out Negroes" Nicholson

He convinced Stanley Kubrick to hire Scatman Crothers for The Shining.

That's one of Stephen King's infamous "Magical Negro" characters. It was going to be a black dude regardless.


You're right because Kubrick's adaptation is so faithful to the source material in every other aspect.
Scatman is Jack's friend. He has friends who are black is my point.
 
kab
2018-01-12 03:57:00 PM  

Fonaibung: kab: Different times.   I'm going to guess that most people shocked by this weren't alive when it happened, but this sort of talk was not exactly unusual in the mid 70's at all.

I think this is a grade A example of why I believe institutional racism still exists today -- it wasn't exactly subtle 40 years ago, and those people went on to shape the world. Though yes, I do think it is getting better.


It unquestionably is.
 
kab
2018-01-12 03:57:52 PM  
devilEther:
You're right because Kubrick's adaptation is so faithful to the source material in every other aspect.
Scatman is Jack's friend. He has friends who are black is my point.


Thank god it isn't.  That's one of the few cases in history where the movie is better than the source material.
 
2018-01-12 03:58:25 PM  

uberalice: I've stolen a lot of his riffs


Minor pentatonic scale is public domain, bro.
 
2018-01-12 04:03:23 PM  
Meh, quite a few of these beloved British rockers have flirted with racist trappings when they were in the midst of cocaine addictions ( see Bowie and Lemmy).

To be honest, I just can't hold these entertainers to the same standard that we should hold our elected leaders. After all, if one is that offended by the things these artists say or do, one could always choose not to purchase their product or otherwise support their lifestyle.

Not so easy as a taxpayer when it comes to politicians.

/ Fresh Cream -my favorite thing Clapton has ever done.
 
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