In the song ‘Eazy Sleazy’ which the two iconic rockers released on Tuesday, Jagger sings:
“Shooting the vaccine/ Bill Gates is in my bloodstream / It’s mind control/ The Earth is flat and cold/ It’s never warming up/ The Arctic’s turned to slush/ The second coming’s late/ There are aliens in the deep state.”
This verse of the song appears to take aim at the growing movement of anti-vaxxers, who have become more prominent during the Covid pandemic, flat earthers, climate change deniers and more bizarre beliefs such as shadowy figures controlling governments around the world.
Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine, Jagger said: “Of course, there’s no point in speaking to people about it. They don’t get it. They got what they believe in and they believe in that. And it doesn’t matter what you say, they’re gonna believe in it. And rational thought doesn’t work”
Jagger added that he came to conspiracy theories through anti-vaxxers, some of whom he had attempted to talk on the phone too but without much success. He also said that he almost put in a line about people who believed that Donald Trump, a figure Jagger is critical of, won the 2020 US election but “didn’t bother.”
The 77-year-old, who revealed that he had been vaccinated said: “When I was a child, which was a really long time ago, people would die from polio. They would just not be there the next day. And that’s been eradicated through vaccines. These poor children were either dead or crippled, and I had lots of friends like that. Would you rather have a vaccine if you had a child or would you rather their legs not work? You can’t argue with these people. So that’s how I got to the conspiracy theories; through the anti-vaxxers.”
The song features many references to the pandemic such as face masks, Zoom, TikTok dances and self-isolation.
Jagger added that the song is a reflection on the last year and the “physical and mental strains put on society”
You can listen to the entire song in the video below.