The entire metal world did a double take earlier this week, when Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter revealed on a conspiracy-themed podcast that he was indeed a flat earther. Carpenter also claimed that no vaccine has ever been effective, and questioned the efficiency of masks. Carpenter clearly must've gotten some messages about his appearance, because he has since addressed the comments.
I would recommend reading our original write up to read some of the statements he made. Some choice quotes:
"If you think you live on a spinning, flying space ball, you’re in a cult."
“The only thing that was ever launched into space was humanity’s imagination.”
"Here are three things you need to keep your clarity through all of this mental insanity. This will keep you straight through all of it, if you just remember these three things. And those three things are: one, projection. Two, incrementalism and three, Boogeyman everything. The Boogeyman is constantly being projected, and he’s incrementally getting worse, all the time. Boogeyman, Boogeyman, Boogeyman.”
“[There’s] never been one single vaccine that’s ever worked ever. All poisons, you can never get it out of your body, [your] body has no means to expel it, it’s stuck in you forever and you just suffer with whatever it becomes.”
Okay, now that you're basically caught up, ThePRP reports that Carpenter appeared on the Friday night version of Cypress Hill frontman B. Real's podcast, Dr. Greenthumb, and he addressed the controversy surrounding his statements.
Carpenter commented “…In regards to this story, you know, I want to say this, I made some people… you know, people got a little aggravated [and] feel like I was insensitive.
"I want to say, hey you know, I never had the intent to upset anybody in any way with my opinions. But I was just giving my opinions. And for all those who’ve who’ve experienced it in any way, it’s not to upset or offend you in any way with my opinion. But I did you know, and some were… they were ruffled.”
“So I say to all you who were ruffled about in any way, you know, it’s only love you know, it’s always about love. I would never want to see anybody… In fact, that’s the reason why I give my opinion. Hopefully it can inspire you into something else, you know, at least for alternative perspective. But not to offend you know, all my love, sorry. Apologies.”
Watch the full interview below.