Punk rock used to be the bastion for anti-government sentiments but that appears to be changing in Florida as one concert promoter will require concert-goers to conform with government recommendations or pay the price.
The price is a hefty $999.99 per ticket for unvaccinated attendees. Vaccinated punk rockers will only have to shell out $18 dollars to see Teenage Bottlerocket, MakeWar, and Rutterkin at the VFW Post 39 on June 26 in St. Petersburg.
“To be eligible for the DISCOUNT, you will need to bring a government issued photo ID and your PHYSICAL COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card,” the event promotion website states.
“You 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. If you do not care about the discount, tickets are available for a flat rate of $999.99,” the website says.
The vaccine pricing was the promoter’s idea according to Teenage Bottlerocket Bassist Miguel Chen.
“This one particular promoter in St. Pete had this idea that tickets would be $999 or if you show proof of vaccination they are $18,” Chen said. “We really wanted to leave it up to each promoter to do what they think is best and to try and hold a show safely and he came up with [the] idea and we backed it.”
“We’re just trying to do a show safely. And they should go out and get vaccinated to protect themselves and their families and their community,” Promoter Paul Williams said according to a report by WFTS.
The wildly varied ticket prices based on vaccination status appear to be a workaround to the ban on vaccine passports in the Sunshine state that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law earlier this month.
“In Florida, your personal choice regarding vaccinations will be protected and no business or government entity will be able to deny you services based on your decision,” DeSantis said.
One avid but unvaccinated punk rock fan, Brittney Wigen said, “I understand what they’re doing. I think it’s very nice of them, but it’s just not fair.”
Many tweets showed dismay at the news.
All my punk friends (almost) have turned into fucking government loving bolshaviks. And we all hate each other, now. Fuck em. https://t.co/rezU9blQlx
— Unpainted 🌵 Huffhines (@HybridMomentum) May 29, 2021
That is the least punk rock thing ever.
— Cthulhu Approves (@CTHULHUApproves) May 29, 2021
Unlike Teenage Bottlerocket, many punk rockers appear to remain true to their rebellious roots including the Sex Pistols’ Johnny Rotten who recently came out against woke culture calling the woke mob “spoilt snowflakes” with “s**t for brains”.
The Sex Pistols were known for their anti-government songs like “Anarchy In The UK” and “God Save The Queen.”
Many view vaccine passports and this kind of disparate treatment as the equivalent of medical apartheid, or institutionalized segregation based on an individual’s medical choices. Some view these types of actions discriminatory as many dubbed “vaccine-hesitant” are not actually “hesitant” at all. The folks may be prevented from rolling up their sleeve due to sincerely held religious beliefs or other health conditions that may make the jab too risky. These are choices that many believe should be protected by the first amendment and other complementary state and local laws that are supposed to be in place to prevent such discrimination.
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