Dr. Drew and Clifton Duncan recall the early 2020 response to COVID-19 and the panic that prompted off-label uses of hydroxychloroquine & ivermectin. “I can’t believe you’ve been using it for 30 years,” says Clifton. “How many people have you killed, Drew? The next thing you’re going to be telling me is the guy who found the compound won a Nobel Prize or something.”
In the fog of fear that surrounded COVID-19 in 2020, many mistakes were made by officials who rushed to mandate lockdowns against the advice of their own medical experts.
In Los Angeles, the mayor was saying “No Hope. Mass Deaths. Shelter In Place.” recalls Dr. Drew. “Those are words you utter when a nuclear attack is about to hit the city.”
“Everything we’re being asked to do in order to mitigate the spread of this virus goes against everything that makes life worth living.” says Clifton. “These European schools are still open. Why are we doing this in America?”
Clifton Duncan is an award-winning actor & self-described “pot-smoking, pro-choice atheist” who says his burgeoning acting career was cancelled when he refused to get vaccinated against COVID-19 – including the loss of his manager and the prospect of a five-figure weekly salary.
“I refuse to allow any employer or, by extension, the government to act as my health care provider and to dictate what I inject into my body,” Clifton says.
Clifton Duncan graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from New York University’s Graduate Acting Program and appeared in critically-acclaimed productions on and off-Broadway. His TV slate includes work for NBC, Fox, CBS and Starz. Follow him at and listen to the Clifton Duncan Podcast.
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