The Related Press:
Northern Eire’s well being minister is suing Van Morrison after the singer referred to as him “very harmful” for his dealing with of coronavirus restrictions.
The Belfast-born singer opposes restrictions to curb the unfold of the virus, and has launched a number of songs criticizing lockdowns. He denounced Northern Eire Well being Minister Robin Swann throughout a gathering at Belfast’s Europa Resort in June after a Morrison live performance was canceled on the final minute due to virus restrictions.
The defamation go well with pertains to three incidents by which Morrison criticized Swann, calling him “a fraud” and “very harmful.”
After Morrison launched three songs criticizing public well being restrictions—“No Extra Lockdown,” “Born to Be Free,” and “As I Walked Out”—Swann wrote an opinion piece for Rolling Stone final September. Within the piece, Swann referred to as Morrison’s claims about COVID-19 mitigation measures “weird and irresponsible.”
For instance, within the track “No Extra Lockdown,” Morrison sang, “No extra lockdown/No extra authorities overreach/No extra fascist bullies/Disturbing our peace/No extra taking of our freedom/And our God-given rights/Pretending it’s for our security/When it’s actually to enslave.”
Because of these lyrics and extra, Swann accused Morrison of giving support and luxury to the “tin foil hat brigade,” and inspiring the unfold of their harmful disinformation:
Governments the world over are struggling to search out the suitable path by means of this pandemic. It’s completely proper and correct to debate and query insurance policies. It’s official to ask if the suitable steadiness is being present in what’s being executed; if the suitable steps are being taken. None of that is simple or easy.
However Van Morrison goes means past elevating questions. He’s singing about “fascist bullies” and claiming Governments are deceiving folks and eager to “enslave.”
It’s really a smear on all these concerned within the public well being response to a virus that has taken lives on an enormous scale. His phrases will give nice consolation to the conspiracy theorists – the tin foil hat brigade who campaign towards masks and vaccines and assume that is all an enormous international plot to take away freedoms.
Swann’s lawyer, Paul Tweed, mentioned authorized proceedings “are at a complicated stage with an anticipated listening to date early in 2022.” Morrison’s legal professional, Joe Rice, responded that “the phrases utilized by him associated to a matter of public curiosity and constituted honest remark.”
I’m undecided how this sort of nonsense has seeped into the brains of people that I as soon as admired, however it’s a disturbing improvement. After all, it may very well be worse. If Donald Trump had succeeded in stealing the 2020 election, Dr. Anthony Fauci may need been fired and changed with Joe Rogan’s podcast producer. I’m solely kind of kidding.
Let’s guarantee that by no means occurs, eh?
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