What is with rock guys that get so triggered by Cardi B shaking her ass? John Cooper, frontman of Christian rock back Skillet, who you remember as that one band that had that one song in the early 2000s, is the latest white dude triggered by Cardi's performance.
For context, here's the performance from Cardi:
This happened in the 10 o'clock hour of the Grammys, and was easily one of the highlights, simply from a visual production standpoint. Those video walls were crazy! Cooper was not impressed.
Speaking on his podcast, Cooper condemned the eroticism of the performance, which saw Cardi and her collaborator Megan Thee Stallion grinding up against each other, quoting a verse from the book of Isaiah: “‘Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil.'”
“We’re living in a world right now where there are certain Dr. Seuss books that you cannot sell on eBay,” Cooper said on his “Cooper Stuff” video podcast (as transcribed by Blabbermouth). “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. … 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.”
After quoting the book of Isaiah, Cooper takes, what I would call, a big leap:
“Why would anybody ever call evil good and good evil? It’s simple: because they just redefine the terms,” Cooper said. “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.”
Update: Cooper has now released a new statement, saying he never compared Cardi B or the Grammys to Hitler (even though he clearly compared the Grammys to Hitler). “Yesterday in my podcast, I reacted to Cardi B’s performance at the Grammys,” Cooper said (as transcribed by Blabbermouth). “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.”
He continued: “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.”