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.”

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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]

Skillet Premiere “Dead Man Walking” Lyric Video

Skillet have premiered a lyric video for their song “Dead Man Walking.” This track is from the recently released deluxe edition of their latest album “Victorious.” That version of the effort, which is titled “Victorious: The Aftermath,” features eight bonus tracks.

Skillet To Play Two Drive-In Concerts In Cedar Park, Texas

Skillet will be playing two drive-in concerts at the North parking lots of the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park, Texas. The shows will be held on October 9-10 as part the venue’s Tailgate Series. Colton Dixon will open. Skillet’s John Cooper commented:

“It’s been tough to not rock out with our fans over the past five months, so we are psyched to do two shows in a row in Texas this October. Come rock with us, panheads!”

Skillet To Release “Victorious: The Aftermath” In September

Skillet will be releasing a deluxe edition of their album “Victorious” on September 11. This version of the effort, which is titled “Victorious: The Aftermath,” will come with eight bonus tracks including two new songs, five reimagined songs, etc. You can find a reimagined version of “Terrify The Dark” below. You can also pre-order a package featuring “Victorious: The Aftermath” and the band’s new graphic novel “Eden II: The Aftermath” HERE.