Skillet Frontman Is Not A Fan Of Mandates

Skillet Frontman Is Not A Fan Of Mandates
Skillet's new album "Dominion" is set for a Jan. 22 release via Atlantic Records. (Photo:

John Cooper, frontman and bassist for Christian rockers Skillet, spoke out recently against vaccine mandates. “I’m not against vaccines. I’m not against this vaccine. I’m just against the mandate,” he said on his video podcast, “Cooper Stuff.”

“It’s a new year. I don’t know where we’re at. I don’t know if it’s gonna get worse or if, all of a sudden, people are gonna wake up and realize how insane this is, how absolutely insane it is that we are pushing mandates — all over the whole world, by the way — at a time when countries are getting… I think America is, like, 70% vaccinated now. Are we close to 70% vaccinated? I can’t remember. Some of these countries in Europe are 80, 90% vaccinated. Some of them have, in terms of adults, 98% vaccination rates for people over 15 or 16. At a time when a lot of these countries, basically, for all intents and purposes, should have, quote, herd immunity, which is a whole other discussion, because they have those populations vaccinated but the (virus rates) are still going up, it is absolute insanity to say, ‘Well, the answer then has to be mandated vaccines. You’re not allowed to come out of your house.'”

He continued: “When you have 70, 80, 90, 96% vaccinated people and your (virus rates) are still going up, why are people asking that question?” he added. “Are people gonna wake up to this finally? I really just don’t know. I honestly don’t know.”

A few weeks ago, Cooper took a shot at Rage Against the Machine, calling the influential hard rock/rap group, “government rock,” for requiring vaccine proof to attend their upcoming reunion shows. 

“I mean, you’ve got Rage Against the Machine telling people that if they don’t get a vaccine… Rage Against the Machine has become the machine. It’s crazy. I’m, like, wait a minute — I’m the revolutionary here? I’m the revolutionary and Rage Against the Machine is just ‘government rock’ now. My older brother made up the term ‘government rock,’ which I find pretty awesome. I think it’s pretty great — it’s a great way to scoff at someone.”

Skillet’s new album “Dominion” is set for a Jan. 22 release via Atlantic Records.

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