Last weekend outside the Broadway show Springsteen On Broadway, aging rocker/progressive activist Bruce Springsteen faced an organized protest by fans angered that producers had banned the unvaccinated from attending.
A group of demonstrators held up signs reading “Bruce Springsteen is for segregation on Broadway”; “We demand Equal Rights”; “Vaccine Mandates violate Bodily Autonomy”; and “My Body My Choice.”
When the show re-opened after going on hiatus during the coronavirus pandemic, audience members discovered they were now required to present proof that they have been fully vaccinated, or not be allowed to enter the St. James Theater. Initially, the theater had announced that only fans who had taken one of the FDA-approved vaccinations — from Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson — would be allowed into the theater. But the theater backtracked when many fans complained, allowing those who had taken the AstraZeneca vaccine to enter as well.
The theater also allowed people under 16, fans with disabilities that prevent them from taking vaccines, and people with “sincerely held” religious beliefs would not be held to the vaccination requirements. But those fans would still have to show proof of a negative test and would have to wear a mask.
Springsteen band member Stevie Van Zandt told fans on Twitter that the policy came about because of all the regulations and government mandates they have to navigate: “There were many complications to overcome. Regulations — national, state, city, theater, etc — changing constantly.” Yes, Democrat regulations, changing constantly as Democrats manipulated the “science” and politically weaponized a virus with a 99% survival rate.