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Comedian Jim Breuer announced that he will "absolutely not" perform at venues that require COVID-19 vaccinations.
The Saturday Night Live alum and stand-up comic said he would be canceling scheduled shows in Michigan and New Jersey due to venue vaccine mandates, which he deemed "segregation."
"Due to the segregation of them forcing people to show up with vaccination, to prove you're vaccinated, to prove you've had a shot ... I'm absolutely not doing those shows," Breuer said during a Facebook Live post. "What these establishments are doing is wrong. What this dictatorship is doing is wrong."
"I know I'm going to sacrifice a lot of money, but I'm not going to be enslaved by the system, or by money, and nor should anyone that wants to laugh or be entertained," Breuer continued. "I have to stick with my morals. I have to stick with what I know is right."
Breuer said that he, his wife who has cancer, and his daughter all had COVID-19. "No matter what your feelings are in it, I don't care if you're vaccinated. That's great. It's a choice."
Many venues have begun enforcing vaccine mandates. Most recent COVID-19-related deaths and hospitalizations are of unvaccinated people. A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the unvaccinated are 11 times more likely to die from the coronavirus than the vaccinated.
The CDC "looked at COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in 13 states and offers further evidence of the power of vaccination ... As we have shown, study after study, vaccination works," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said at a Friday White House COVID-19 briefing.
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Original Author: Matthew Miller