Jim Breuer Cancels Shows Over Vaccine Rules, Here Are Others Who Have Done the Same

Former Saturday Night Live cast member Jim Breuer cancelled two shows over vaccine requirements for audience members, making him the latest of several celebrities to refuse to perform at venues that have implemented COVID-19 restrictions.

Breuer announced that he would cancel shows at Michigan's Royal Oak Theatre and New Jersey's Wellmont Theater in a Facebook video last week, calling vaccine mandates for audiences "segregation."

"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," he said.

In the 22-minute long video, he defended his decision, saying he needed to "stick to" his morals and that people should not be "forced, bribed, dictated" to take the vaccine.

"I will do not a show where they force you to come out a laugh, and the only way that you can do that is get a shot," he said.

In a statement to Newsweek, Anthony J. Morrison, the general manager of the Wellmont Theater, said the policy is put in place to protect audience members, artists, and theaters. He said the theater wishes him well.

Newsweek also reached out to the Royal Oak Theatre for comment Tuesday afternoon for comment but had not heard back by publication. This story will be updated with any response.

He is not the first celebrity to cancel shows at venues requiring audience members to show proof of vaccination.

Musician Eric Clapton announced that he would not play at any venue where audience members would be required to be vaccinated after United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that vaccine passes would be required at clubs and venues, Rolling Stone reported.

"Following the PM's announcement on Monday the 19th of July 2021 I feel honor-bound to make an announcement of my own," Clapton said in a statement. "I wish to say that I will not perform on any stage where there is a discriminated audience present. Unless there is provision made for all people to attend, I reserve the right to cancel the show."

Metal Band Alesana canceled shows in St. Louis and Nashville over COVID-19 restrictions, writing in a message to fans they would pull shows at venues "that are no longer allowing that autonomy," MetalSucks reported.

Matti Caspi, one of Israel's most popular musicians, also cancelled a series of shows over COVID restirctions, which he called "fascism," The Times of Israel reported.

"I already stated in the past that I won't perform if there are restrictions that won't allow some of my fans to come to my show," Caspi wrote on Facebook in July. "I won't cooperate with dictatorship or fascism."

Still, other performers including comedian Patton Oswalt and musician Jason Isbell have taken the opposite approach—playing at venues that require vaccines among audience members.

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Comedian Jim Breuer became the latest performer to cancel shows at venues that require audience members to be vaccinated. Here, he performs at The Stress Factory Comedy Club in New Brunswick, New Jersey on July 15. Bobby Bank/Getty Images