Ready for a new wave of discrimination? If you have chosen, for religious philosophical, or personal health reasons, not to get vaccinated against COVID-19, prepare to pay more if some have their way. One such instance of this happened in Florida, where a punk rock show is charging unvaccinated fans several dozen times the cost of a ticket.
Teenage Bottle Rocket will be playing at VFW Post 39 in St. Petersburg in late June, but the promoter has chosen to really stick it to people who haven’t gotten stuck with a needle. “I’m not denying entry to anyone,” promotor Paul Williams told the Washington Post. “I’m just offering a discount.” The “discount” is because the cost to enter the show is $999.99. But if you have a vaccine card, it’s only $18.
But the promoter has a problem. As TheBlaze reports, the punk show is in violation of an executive order that is supposed to prevent this as well as at least one other law designed to protect the unvaccinated:
Of course, Williams’ ticket prices fly in the face of Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ recent executive order saying businesses aren’t allowed to make patrons prove they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19.
DeSantis also signed into law a bill threatening violators with fines in the thousands of dollars, the Post reported.
In reaction to Williams’ $1,000 per ticket for unvaccinated concertgoers, the governor’s office told the paper it’s discriminatory.
“Charging higher ticket prices for individuals who do not furnish proof of vaccination unfairly discriminates against people who have enumerated rights under Florida law,” Christina Pushaw, press secretary for the DeSantis’ office, told the Post in an email.
Williams points out that the new law doesn’t go into effect until after the show, however. “I didn’t know that caring about my community would make me Hitler,” Williams says, adding that he has received numerous threats. “We’re still sticking to our guns.” Attendees will be required to present ID and a COVID vaccinated card to enter at the discounted price. All discounted tickets have sold. Not a single “standard” ticket has been bought.
“Perhaps put together a Go-Fund-Me and all the other weirdo anti-vaxxers can help support you going to Teenage Bottlerocket for a thousand dollars,” says the band’s lead singer. “That’s always an option.”