Skillet Frontman John Cooper Thinks COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Are “Tyrannical”

Skllet’s John Cooper, who is unvaccinated, recently went on a nonsensical rant about COVID-19 vaccine mandates on his “Cooper Stuff” podcast. Unsurprisingly, the frontman believes that the common sense mandates are “tyrannical.”

Cooper said the following while discussing President Joe Biden’s decision to mandate vaccines or negative tests for businesses with more than 100 employees:

“All that’s going on here is an insane power grab. This is just an attack on Western values, on freedom, on the things that built the West — that’s all that’s going on about this because when you look at the data, when you look at the stuff being said, it is such absolute nonsense, it is such absolute lies, it is such bullying tactics and tyranny and totalitarianism that you can’t help but to ask questions. Even if you believe that vaccines are good, you have to look at what’s going on and say, ‘Okay, there’s something really nefarious going on.’ That’s all that this is.”

“Your president is losing his patience with you. You’re the problem. You’re probably a bigot and you’re probably a phobe of some sort and you’re the problem and you hate people. Just ask the woke Christians. You won’t be able to tell what they say because their mouths are full of woke cookies.

What is happening is a revolution against the West, against American values. But, really, what is at the bottom of that is Christianity. That’s why we are on the chopping block. I want to encourage you in your faith so that your eyes are open that you see what is actually going on.

You don’t have to agree with me about everything. Absolutely fine. I’ve never taken some harsh stance on vaccines. And even when I talk about masks, I’ve said what I think about masks and things like that. I have grace for you to do what you think is right. That is absolutely fine. What I am against is this absolute tyranny that is happening, this totalitarianism that is absolutely happening, and now we see it with these vaccine mandates.”

“I do believe these mandates are absolutely tyrannical and they’re totalitarian — there’s no question about that. The move for leftist authoritarianism right now is absolutely insane. What’s happening is that the leftist authoritarian power, that’s where the power is in the Democratic party that has hijacked the liberal movement… Old-school liberals are not into the leftist authoritarian stuff, but the leftists have hijacked that party.”

He went on to discuss recent studies that demonstrate the efficiency of natural immunity, while adding:

“They’re lying to us. That’s the end of the conversation to me. Why are you lying to us? We also know this — that there are a lot of complications, a lot of people that have had adverse reactions to these vaccines. You’re not allowed to say [that]; it gets you kicked off social media. And it also looks like that many of the people having these adverse reactions, it seems that if you had COVID and then got the vaccine that you might actually be more likely to have an adverse reaction. So, in other words, you might actually be putting yourself at more risk by getting the vaccine if you already had COVID, according to the data we have now. Why aren’t they saying that? Why is Doctor Fauci not saying [it]? He’s the lead guy. ‘The science.’

‘The science’ means nothing to me. I got zero poops for ‘the science,’ ’cause they don’t even believe what they’re saying. It’s not about data for these people; it’s about religious dogma. They are lying to you… Why are they lying to us? There’s something going on.”

“We’re watching this speech. Within 60 seconds, 75 seconds, the president is saying two different things. He’s saying, number one, ‘The vaccine’s amazing. It’s a miracle cure. This is the way we get out of this. It’s gonna heal the land. It’s gonna help everything. It’s absolutely awesome.’ 90 seconds later, he’s saying that if you’re unvaccinated, you’re putting everybody at risk.’ … Both of those things cannot be true. I’m not even saying whether I think the vaccines are awesome — I’m not saying that; you do whatever you wanna do; that’s above me — but you can’t say both of those things. You can’t say they’re absolutely awesome and they really work, but the unvaccinated are putting everybody at risk.

If you’re vaccinated, double-vaxxed, you still can get COVID, you still spread COVID. There’s even some data out of the U.K. that is suggesting that if you never had COVID but you got vaccinated, you are actually more likely — by far more likely — to contract COVID-19 than someone who actually had it once. By far.”

Cooper then floated a conspiracy theory about vaccines being used to control people:

“When you look out at what’s going on right now with my spiritual eyes on, as we all should have as Christians, what I really see going on is a campaign of propaganda and lies and fear. To me, this is a spiritual issue. Yes, it’s a physical issue — people are actually dying from COVID-19; that’s a real disease; I’m not saying it’s not; that’s obviously real — but, to me, it’s not really a pandemic of COVID, it’s a pandemic of fear, which is a spiritual matter. It is a thing that locks you up into fear, that makes you so crazy… It is a pandemic of fear to keep you locked up, to keep you absolutely locked up that ‘I am so afraid that I will give up anything to keep me safe. Government, keep me locked up, keep me isolated.’ Start pointing fingers at people that don’t mask, start pointing fingers at people that [don’t get vaccinated], pointing fingers [at people who] wanna go back to work, pointing fingers at people that — fill in the blank. Keep me absolutely locked up in fear. A lot of Christians have fallen into this too, because we have forgotten that we don’t have a spirit of fear. That’s what the Bible says: ‘Christ did not give you a spirit of fear but a power, love and a sound mind.’

When I look at all this stuff with the crazy mandates, the crazy stuff they’re trying to do, to not [give people the opportunity] to have a job anymore, I just look at this and I just think, shame on the government, shame on big media, shame on Big Tech. Can you not see at this point that all of these people are joined together in leftist authoritarianism to try to grab more power over your life?”

[via Blabbermouth]

Skillet Premiere “Surviving The Game” Music Video

Skillet have premiered a new video for their new song “Surviving The Game.” This track is from the band’s new album “Dominion,” which will be released on January 14.

John Cooper said the following about the new song:

“[It’s] a defiant song about not giving in to the fear that the world is and has been experiencing. This song brings a feeling of survival; you have to do what you need to do in order to get your life back; a defiance against fear and the things that want to hold you down. For so many, that’s depression, isolation, lonelieness, suicidal thoughts, etc. This song is about becoming the person you are meant be and coming out on the other side of all the madness.”

He also added the following about the new album:

“‘Dominion’ is about the celebration of freedom, a liberation from fear — to be who we want to be, say what we want to say, believe what we want to believe. In some ways, it’s a reminder of the God-given rights that we were born with. It’s time to regain some sort of control over our lives and not be a slave to fear. I hope this record is going to make people feel empowered, inspired, uplifted and want to rock their faces off!”

“Dominion” Track Listing:

01. “Surviving The Game”
02. “Standing In The Storm”
03. “Dominion”
04. “Valley Of Death”
05. “Beyond Incredible”
06. “Destiny”
07. “Refuge”
08. “Shout Your Freedom”
09. “Destroyer”
10. “Forever Or The End”
11. “Ignite”
12. “White Horse”

Skillet To Release New Single “Surviving The Game” In September

Skillet will be releasing a new song, titled “Surviving The Game,” on September 15. The track will serve as the first single from the band’s upcoming album. Frontman John Cooper commented:

“Our new song, ‘Surviving The Game’, makes me feel like a bull about to come out of the gate. Within the first 30 seconds of the song, you’re taken on a journey that begins with uncertainty and trepidation and leads to an explosion of energy and life. That sums up how I see the future. This has been a tough season, and we are not yet through the storm. We need hope, we need grit, and we will survive. I hope that when people hear ‘Surviving The Game’, it will be the song they’ve been waiting for.”

Queensrÿche’s Todd La Torre Blasts Skillet’s John Cooper Over Anti-Mask Comments

During an episode of his “Cooper Stuff” podcast, Skillet’s John Cooper made some controversial claims regarding the coronavirus pandemic, including his belief that masks are “nothing more than theater.” The comments obviously didn’t sit well with a number of people, including Queensrÿche’s Todd La Torre, who blasted Cooper and challenged him to “volunteer on the Covid floor of a hospital maskless.”

Cooper said the following [via Blabbermouth]

“I think that your conscience — your personal conscience before the Lord — has to come into play in a really big way in these issues. If you feel like that the best thing that you can do unto the Lord is to get a vaccine, I would say go for it. That’s between you and the Lord. That’s up to you. Go for it. Absolutely no judgment from me. If you want to get a vaccine and wear a mask, if that’s what you feel like you need to do, that’s up to you. If you wanna wear a mask, up to you. I feel this is an issue of, like, hey, everybody can make kind of their own decisions here, because it’s kind of a weird time we live in. What I don’t like is on these very complicated issues when the dogmatism comes in of, ‘If you are a believer, you will do this,’ when there’s so much to talk about.”

“The issue of the mask wearing, to me, is nothing more than theater. It is making me jump into an unreality, something that I do not believe, just to acquiesce to either the overlords — overlords meaning government, Big Tech, big business, big media, whatever — to acquiesce to what they want me to do. Even though I know that it’s not true, but I’m gonna play the game. And every time I put my mask on, I know that I’m doing something that I do not believe in. In other words, I’m being forced to lie… I’m being forced to jump into something I don’t believe, and I’m living by a lie — I’m living by a lie that this mask is actually gonna keep me safe from all harm. To acquiesce to the government, which says that I’m believing something that I know that I don’t believe. So now I’m basically living in a fantasy world. That frightens me. And every time I put that mask on, that’s basically what I think. I know I’m doing this, I know it’s show, I know it’s theater, I know my overlords don’t even believe in it, because if they did, they wouldn’t be breaking all of their own rules.”

La Torre then responded with the following:

“Cool, then go volunteer on the Covid floor of a hospital maskless and let us know how that works out. He believes in a mythical celestial dictator but doesn’t believe in science. Got it.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Skillet Announce Fall Tour With Adelitas Way

Skillet have announced a fall headlining tour. Adelitas Way will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

09/12 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
09/14 Cleveland, OH – TBA
09/15 Albany, NY – Empire Live
09/18 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
09/19 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
09/21 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
09/22 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
09/25 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
09/28 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
09/29 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
10/01 San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre
10/02 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
10/05 Colorado Springs, CO – Pikes Peak Center
10/06 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
10/09 Boise, ID – TBA
10/11 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
10/12 Kennewick, WA – Toyota Center
10/14 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
10/15 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
10/16 Anaheim, CA – City National Grove of Anaheim
10/17 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
10/19 Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater
10/21 Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
10/22 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant

Skillet’s John Cooper Says His Comments Regarding Cardi B’s Grammy Performance And Hitler Were “Misrepresented”

As previously reported, Skillet’s John Cooper recently made headlines after seemingly comparing The Grammys to Hitler, while ranting about Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s performance of “WAP” on the award show. Now, the frontman has shared a new video to clarify his comments, which he says were “misrepresented.”

Cooper said the following:

“Yesterday in my podcast, I reacted to Cardi B’s performance at the Grammys. And it has come to my attention that some of my words were misrepresented and taken out of context from their intent. So, please allow me to say this: I did not compare Cardi B to Hitler, and I did not compare her performance to Hitler or any other dictator, and I certainly didn’t compare the Grammys or the music industry or any other artist, for any reason, to any dictator.

Secondly, I wanna say this: I did not conflate the consequences or the gravity of Cardi B’s performance at the Grammys. I in no way would ever conflate that to the horrors of the genocide that we saw in 1940 or any of the other violence and murders and all the death and destruction of any dictator that we’ve had in history. I honestly don’t understand how it could be taken that way, but just to be clear and clear of any confusion, I was stating that we are living in a time when it comes to morality where we are redefining what is good and what is evil”

“Sometimes we have a hard time imagining that someone would do something bad and redefine it and call it good. That’s why I was pointing out that there have been many, many examples of dictators or horrific events over the last 100 years where people did really, really bad stuff, but they believed or claimed that they were doing it for good reasons, for moral reasons, for liberating reasons. And as an example of that, I was saying if you were to go back and read some of Hitler’s speeches, you would find that he claims to believe that he was liberating people and doing something virtuous. This in no way compared Cardi B to Hitler or any dictatorship of any kind, and it certainly wasn’t conflating all of the evil things that have happened to the consequences of Cardi B’s performance, or any other performance for that matter. I was speaking philosophically in order to make a point and then using an unequivocal example from the past where someone has traded evil but called it good.

So I’d like to end this little five-minute talk with the same ending that I used on yesterday’s podcast. This Grammy performance is a very small miscrocosm — it may seem trite; it may seem a little bit petty — it’s just a microcosm to show something that is a lot bigger. I’m actually not trying to blow this up into a crisis. I’m actually saying we are in a crisis — but not because of the Grammys and not because of Cardi B and not because of a music performance or any other musician or artist or band. That’s not why we are in a crisis. And what is the crisis? The crisis is this: we are redefining what is moral and what is immoral, what is virtuous and what is not virtuous, and it is going to have devastating consequences for America.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Skillet’s John Cooper Compares The Grammys To Hitler After Complaining About Cardi B’s “WAP” Performance

UPDATE: John Cooper has since clarified his comments, saying that they were “misrepresented.”

Original Story:

Skillet’s John Cooper has gone off on another rant, this time complaining about Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s performance of “WAP” during the 2021 Grammy Awards. At one point, the frontman even tried to compare The Grammys to Hitler because of the performance.

Cooper said the following on his “Cooper Stuff” podcast:

“We’re living in a world right now where there are certain Dr. Seuss books that you cannot sell on eBay. They are just too much for anybody to even be allowed to buy; they’re being yanked down from all the bookstores and stuff like that. It’s just too much; it’s too evil. So you can’t go on eBay and buy it — too evil. But you can, and must, applaud the sexual degradation of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion simulating sex together on the Grammys. This is the perfect example. You must celebrate it. In fact, if you don’t celebrate it, then you’re actually a bad person, and you kind of, like, don’t love people. You’re actually not nice. This is the perfect example, you guys.”

He continued by reading chapter 5 verse 20 of the book of Isaiah, which says “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil,” before adding:

“‘I don’t think that would ever really happen.’ Really? It’s happening right now. It’s been happening in America for the last few years like crazy — especially the last five years, especially during the last year.

Why would anybody ever call evil good and good evil? It’s simple: because they just redefine the terms. The question is, who is going to define what is good, and who is gonna define what is evil?

Every dictator in history says that what they were doing was good. That’s what they believe. If you go back and you read some of Hitler’s speeches, he’s, like, ‘I’m gonna set people free — free from the bondage of the Ten Commandments.’ In his mind, he’s a liberator. It’s always like that, you guys. All you do is you just redefine evil and you redefine good. That’s what’s happening right now on the Grammys.

Now, I know there are people going — some of my ‘woke’ friends — ‘John, you’re making a big deal about nothing. It’s always been oversexualized.’ And yes, okay, of course, Grammys have always been oversexualized. Music has always been oversexualized. Hollywood has always been oversexualized. Two differences, and they matter. Number one: this is just a step beyond what we’ve seen. That’s all. I mean, you’re right — it has always been that way. Fine. This is pretty overt, all right? This is pretty over-the-top stuff.

But the biggest difference that is not the same is that 20 years ago, when Madonna did it — in fact, Madonna was really pushed into stardom from a performance like this. I can’t remember if it was Grammys or was it MTV Awards. I don’t really remember, but I watched a documentary on it a few years ago on Netflix; I can’t remember what it was. She did this performance where she was simulating self-sex and rolling all around on the stage. The difference was this: nobody said that she was virtuous for doing it. That’s a major difference, you guys. She was doing it because it was a climate of hedonism — it was a climate of sex, drugs [and] rock and roll. That’s the motto of my generation and the generation before me — sex, drugs, rock and roll. It’s a rebellion. It was a revolt against Christian values, traditional values, even just Western values in general. The family values — it was a revolt against traditional sexuality. But it wasn’t because they were virtuous. Nobody looked at Madonna and was, like, ‘She’s such a virtuous person. I really want my daughter to live this way.’ Nobody did that. That’s the difference. Madonna was doing it and getting famous because she was courageous and brave to do something that was like shock rock. Now it’s not just shock rock. Now it’s, like, yeah, we’re redefining what virtuous is. So we’re taking paganism, and we’re not just saying, ‘Yeah, I’m gonna get famous ’cause I’m willing to be into paganism and hedonism and idolatry and sexual degradation,’ and this and that and the other. No — we’re saying, ‘I’m doing all those things because I know what virtue is. I know what morality is. I define morality.’ That is what it means to call evil good, and good evil.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Skillet Announce Spring Drive-In Tour

Skillet have announced a spring drive-in tour with Jordan Feliz and Colton Dixon. You can find the dates for that run below. Notably, the trek will also include select “An Evening Under The Stars” shows, which will feature socially distanced seating instead of drive-ins.

Tour Dates:

04/22 Mitchell, IN – Holiday Drive-In
04/23 Knox, IN – Melody Drive-In Theatre
04/24 Middle Point, OH – Van-Del Drive-In
04/25 Versailles, IN – Bel-Air Drive-In
04/29 Albertville, AL – Sand Mountain Amphitheater
04/30 Sparta, TN – Sparta Drive-in
05/01 Marion, VA – Park Place Drive In Theater
05/02 Athens, TN – Swingin’ Midway Drive-in
05/04 Beaufort, SC – Highway 21 Drive-in
05/05 Albemarle, NC – Badin Road Drive-In
05/06 Roanoke Rapids, NC – I-95 Drive-In at Roanoke Rapids Theatre
05/08 Destin, FL- Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village
05/13 Guin, AL – Blue Moon Drive-In
05/14 Bald Knob, AR – Grayson Farms Amphitheater
05/15 Marshall, AR – Kenda Drive-In Theater
05/16 Fayetteville, AR – 112 Drive-In
05/18 Carthage, MO – 66 Drive-In
05/19 Wichita, KS – Starlite Drive-In
05/20 Tulsa, OK – Admiral Twin
05/22 Cadet, MO – Starlite Drive-In
05/23 Chaffee, MO – Rock ‘N’ Roll Drive-In

Skillet’s John Cooper Speaks Out Against Cancel Culture

Skillet’s John Cooper has spoken out against cancel culture. The frontman rambled about the topic during a recent episode of his “Cooper Stuff” podcast, saying that it “is very frightening.”

Cooper said the following about cancel culture:

“How does that work when Christians are making art, when Christians are making film? How do you make art in a world that wants to cancel you for, maybe, the art that you would make? Now, SKILLET hasn’t been canceled yet, which is wonderful. I hope we don’t get canceled. Could that happen? I don’t know. I didn’t think Dr. Seuss would get canceled.”

“I’m of the feeling that we Christians, and we conservatives… I think we need to begin to spend your money on the things that you believe — buy things from people of like mind. I’m telling you — I never thought that I would be the one saying it. That makes it sound like we want our own little Christian bubble — Christian candy, Christian chicken, Christian barbecue sauce, Christian shoes, Christian music, Christian books… I could go on and on. I never thought that I wanted to live in that bubble, and I do not wanna live in that bubble. But things are changing.”

“A few weeks ago, some people came at me on Twitter and things, and they were, like, ‘John’s talking about government censorship. This isn’t government censorship.’ So I tried to make it clear. You’re right — it’s not government censorship; that’s not what I’m talking about. The government doesn’t need to censor something if we create a culture where you’re not allowed to say certain things. If we create a culture that does that and there’s no incentives — if businesses yank your stuff, if book publishers yank your stuff. I even said that as an example a while back. If you’ve got a publisher that drops you. You’ve written a book, [and] your publisher drops the book because they don’t wanna be associated with you — you’ve just said hate speech, or whatever you’ve done. Well, now there’s going to be incentive for Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Books-A-Million, whoever, there’s gonna be incentive for those companies to also drop your book. So let’s just say that I wrote a book, and then my publisher said, ‘I’m dropping John Cooper’s book,’ and they drop the book because it’s — I don’t know, whatever — hate speech. Well, what if Barnes & Noble says, ‘We’re not dropping the book.’ Well, now Barnes & Noble gets hammered from Twitter, from the social justice warriors, from the hyper-left folks, because they are supporting hate speech. So now Barnes & Noble also has to drop the book, because they have to virtue signal. So if they don’t drop the book, then they’re not woke anymore. They need those ‘woke cookies.’ Well, if Barnes & Noble is gonna get woke cookies, then Books-A-Million needs to get woke cookies. And if Books-A-Million gets woke cookies, you know Amazon needs woke cookies. So if you’ve created a culture where freedom of speech is so disincentivized that you’ve got publishers, book stores — everybody — who doesn’t want anything to do with you. Now Twitter wants to ban you too, ’cause you’re hate speech. Then there are no platforms for you to get your stuff out. This is very frightening. The government doesn’t even need to do anything. The government doesn’t need to crack down on you, because they’re, like, ‘Why would we crack down when culture is doing it?'”

This news comes after Cooper previously took issue with Twitter for their decision to suspend Donald Trump’s account, even though the social media outlet is a private company that has the right to suspend accounts that cause harm.

[via Blabbermouth]

Skillet’s John Cooper Criticizes Twitter For “Censoring” Donald Trump

Skillet’s John Cooper has apparently taken issue with Twitter for their decision to suspend Donald Trump’s account. The frontman believes the move will have an impact freedom of speech, even though Twitter is a private company that has the right to suspend accounts that cause harm.

Cooper said the following on his “Cooper Stuff” podcast:

“Look, I don’t follow Trump on Twitter. I’m not into it. Some people love it; some people hate it; some people are in between; whatever you are, censoring the president from Twitter, no matter what they’re saying…

People say all sorts of weird stuff on Twitter — all sorts of violent, inflammatory stuff. Look, I get it. But that is not gonna lead to somewhere good, and I think it’s got a lot of people really freaked out.

To me, that’s not the freakiest thing. The freakiest thing to me is all the subsequent things. I’m, like, wait a minute — what does this mean? If Twitter has the power to censor the president, what does that mean? I think that’s what people are freaking out about.

There’s tons of people that are conservative that don’t like Trump’s tweets. There’s tons of people that kind of wish he wouldn’t tweet so much. I don’t think that’s what people are freaked out [about]. I think people are, like, ‘Wait a minute. If they can do it to him, what does that mean for everybody else?’

Already, people are losing their jobs — it’s been on the news; I’m sure you’ve seen it — people are losing their jobs depending on what they have supported. Because, basically, the idea is that if you are conservative, then that means you support the violence; you’re responsible for the violence. If you are conservative, then you support the violence, which is a product of white supremacy now — is what they’re saying.

Freedom of speech is gonna be gone. I don’t know if you know, people are calling — even CNN and other famous people; we’re not talking about just nobodies; we’re talking about influential people in the cultural elite — calling for news sources to be yanked down. Even CNN is calling for Fox News to be yanked down from the cable stations. I don’t know what this is gonna mean.”

[via Blabbermouth]