According to the Los Angeles
Times, an anti-vaccine demonstration loomed outside the Foo Fighters
' first full-capacity show since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic
band, led by Dave Grohl
, played to a sold-out crowd of about 600 people
at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California
, on Tuesday. According to the newspaper, fans
had to wait in a long line over the weekend and prove they were fully vaccinated in order to get a ticket to the show.
Those who oppose vaccines
were outraged by the requirement.
“Separating humans is not OK,” a protester told local CBS affiliate KCAL News, holding a sign that referred to the vaccination policy as “modern segregation
“Those of us with healthy immune systems should be able to enjoy these liberties in the same way that everyone else.”
posted on social media
platforms show attendees at the rally comparing themselves to civil rights
activists and holding signs that read "modern day discrimination." Other signs read "vaccine mandates violate bodily autonomy" and "Foo Fighters farma sellouts."
For a long time, the anti-vaccine movement has appropriated elements of civil rights-era racial equality demonstrations.
After a crowd of mostly white protesters sang "We Shall Overcome" during an anti-vaccine rally in the California State Capitol
in 2019, Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove, a Los Angeles Democrat and member of the California Legislative Black
Caucus, told Politico
that vaccine opponents' comparison to civil rights activists is "borderline racist
“This is misappropriation of a movement that is far from over and will be difficult to overcome,” Kamlager-Dove said. “The entire conversation around vaccinations
is actually one of privilege and opportunity. It’s a personal choice. It’s a luxury to be able to have a conversation about medical exemptions and whether or not you believe your child
should be vaccinated.”
Meanwhile, the Foo Fighters will perform at New York City
's Madison Square Garden
on Sunday, and the same vaccination requirement will apply.