“Saturday Night Live” alum Jim Breuer said on his Facebook page that he won’t perform at the Royal Oak Music Theatre on Oct. 1 due to its COVID-19 vaccination-proof policy. In his Sept. 10 video post, Breuer said he wouldn’t be appearing at the metro Detroit venue “due to the segregation of them forcing people to point out up with vaccinations, to prove you’re vaccinated, to prove that you’ve got had an attempt. I’m absolutely not doing those shows.” Added Breuer, “I know I’m getting to sacrifice tons of money. but I’m not getting to be enslaved by the system or by money and nor should anyone that desires to laugh or be entertained.”
Breuer also said he’s canceling an appearance at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, New Jersey. AEG Presents announced in August that it might require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all of its U.S. venues — including the Royal Oak Music Theatre — and festivals. The policy is about to be fully effected by Oct. 1. On its website, AEG, which second only to measure Nation because the biggest U.S. concert promoter, states that “the decision comes on the heels of the dramatic surge in COVID-19 cases because the Delta variant spreads throughout us .” The Oct. 1 appearance by Breuer remains listed on his official site which is of the Royal Oak Music Theatre.
Facebook attached a link to Breuer’s video that tells users to go to the COVID-19 Information Center for vaccine resources. Breuer said he had to stay to his morals within the post and professed that he doesn’t care if someone is vaccinated or not. “I don’t care if you’re vaccinated. I do not care, you know. That’s great. it is a choice. And if you’ve got anything to mention, I honestly don’t care. So don’t leave comments going, ‘Oh, this is often an honest thing.’ I highly afflict you and that I will always afflict you.”
Breuer framed such vaccination-proof rules as segregation, claiming, “The last item we’d like is segregation. And If you are trying to segregate my audience or my following or any following, I’m walking away.” From 1995 to 1998, Breuer was a part of the sew “Saturday Night Live.” He was best known for his Goat Boy character and his impersonation of Joe Pesci. Since then, he has focused on stand-up, podcasts, and appearances on TV shows like “Kevin Can Wait.” An increasing number of theaters are requiring vaccination proof or measures like rapid COVID-19 testing to assist stem the tide of the pandemic.
Dave Chappelle, who co-starred with Breuer within the 1998 comedy “Half-Baked, required on-site rapid COVID-19 tests at his recent Detroit concerts at the Fillmore Detroit. Patton Oswalt has canceled tour stops in Florida and Utah after the locations involved wouldn’t honor his request for vaccination proof or proof of a negative COVID-19 test. The press reported Tuesday that “the number of latest COVID-19 outbreaks at Michigan schools has quite doubled since last week because the academic year back fully swings.”
Also on Tuesday, the press ran an in-depth report addressing common concerns of those who haven’t been vaccinated. It stated, “While the virus is consistently changing and research into the infections among vaccinated people is ongoing, two things are clear: COVID-19 kills and therefore the vaccines prevent hospitalizations and deaths.”