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Comedian Jim Breuer won’t perform at Michigan venue with COVID vaccination rules: ‘I won’t be enslaved’

The former "SNL" cast member says it's segregation asking people to prove they're vaccinated. Here's what else he said.

ROYAL OAK, MI - Comedian Jim Breuer says he won’t be coming to Michigan to perform in a couple weeks because he doesn’t believe audience members should have to show proof they are vaccinated.

The former “Saturday Night Live” cast member is scheduled to be at the Royal Oak Music Theater on Friday, October 1.

This venue is one of the many in the country promoted by AEG, the second largest concert promotor behind Live Nation. Beginning on October 1, AEG won’t let people into shows in its venues if they don’t show proof of vaccination. A negative COVID test won’t be enough.

“The Wellmont Theater, New Jersey. Not doing it. Also, the Royal Oak Theater in Michigan. Due to the segregation of them forcing people to show up to prove you’re vaccinated, to prove you’ve had a shot. I am absolutely not doing those shows,” Breuer said on his Facebook page. “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.”

Numerous entertainers and music artists have postponed and cancelled shows across the country as the COVID cases skyrocket due to the Delta variant. While Live Nation has left COVID policies up to each artist or venue, AEG says it implemented it’s COVID policy to help encourage people to get vaccinated.

“As a market leader, it was up to us to take a real stand on vaccination status,” said Jay Marciano, COO of AEG and Chairman and CEO, AEG Presents. “We realize that some people might look at this as a dramatic step, but it’s the right one. We also are aware that there might be some initial pushback, but I’m confident and hopeful that, at the end of the day, we will be on the right side of history and doing what’s best for artists, fans, and live event workers.”

Breuer says he believes getting vaccinated is a choice and shouldn’t be forced upon anyone who wants to see one of his shows.

“I don’t care if you’re vaccinated. I don’t care. That’s great. It’s a choice. And if you have anything else to say, I honestly don’t care. Due to I have to stick to my morals, I have to stick to what I know is right. As a human to another human, when you have to be forced, bribed, dictated, which is basically what’s going on, I’m telling you, Live Nation and AEG are holding hostage to all performers and telling these venues that they need to do it. I’d rather go bankrupt and make a stance and not segregate.”

COVID-19 cases in Michigan continue to climb. The state is averaging 2,304 new, reported confirmed cases. That’s double from one month ago. There have also been 21 confirmed deaths per day over the last week, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. The seven-day positivity rare average is now 9.7%.

Meantime, There were 454 active COVID-19 outbreaks under investigation in Michigan coming into this week. That’s an increase of 28% from the prior week.

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