Eric Clapton Receives Backlash Over ‘To Save A Child’ Campaign

Eric Clapton’s “To Save A Child” campaign recently sparked negative feedback from fans on Instagram.

The guitarist wrote the following message on the post:

“‘To Save A Child’ in aid of the children of Gaza. On January 17 ~ a very special broadcast of Eric’s intimate concert was filmed in London in front of a small audience in December 2023. Eric’s set included ‘Tears In Heaven,’ ‘Got To Get Better In A Little While,’ and George Harrison’s ‘Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)’ featuring Dhani Harrison. Tickets available at link in bio. The proceeds will be donated in aid of the children in Gaza.”

The post also included the dates for the event, as it said:

“Event Timings:

UK/Europe: January 17 at 8 pm GMT
North America (East): January 17 at 8 pm ET
North America (West): January 17 at 8 pm PT
Asia/Australia: January 18 at 7 pm Japan / 9 pm Sydney.”

Fan Reactions To Clapton

Some fans supported Clapton championing the cause.
One of them wrote:
“You are doing the right thing Eric Clapton. Anyone who argues about this is evil.”

Another one said, expressing support again:

“People with conscience always fight for human rights, especially for children’s lives. Thanks a lot, Sir Eric Clapton.”

Negative Responses And Criticisms

However, in the comments section of his message, in addition to the positive reactions, there were also negative reactions from fans directed at the rocker.

One user pointed out:

“Despicable, disgusting, and anti-Semitic. You should change the name of the concert to ‘Funding Hamas.’ You need to educate yourself and open up your eyes to what happened to the people of Israel. This is change my opinion of you forever.”

Another added:

“This hurts. EC is my all-time favorite. And now this, indirectly supporting antisemitism. And what about the Israeli children? Some of them raped, burnt, tortured. Breaks my heart that my hero has not a better understanding of the truth.”

Clapton’s special concert in London paid tribute to the victims of Israel’s military operations in Gaza. The purpose of the event was to raise funds for medical aid for civilian victims of the war. The musician used a Fender-designed guitar emblazoned with the Palestinian flag to honor the children who died. Clapton recently released a song titled “Voice of a Child” with a music video featuring footage of Palestinian children affected by Israeli attacks.

You can see the photo he shared below.


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