Staying safe from the deadly Delta variant is so punk rock, bro.
Pete Parada, the drummer for the Offspring, has found out the hard way that some businesses — and even bands — are drawing a hard line on requiring vaccinations to come back to work. He posted on his social media Tuesday that he’s been ousted from the group because he won’t agree to get the COVID vaccine.
Beyond being replaced on an upcoming tour, Parada says he’s been told not to show up at the studio, either, even though he claims to have a legitimate medical reason for not getting the jab.
It’s not entirely clear from Parada’s posts whether he has been fired from the group permanently or just put on hiatus, but comments about working on non-band projects and “find(ing) a new way forward” suggest he doesn’t foresee coming back into the fold.
“Since I am unable to comply with what is increasingly becoming an industry mandate, it has recently been decided that I am unsafe to be around, in the studio, and on tour,” Parada wrote in a multi-part Instagram post. “I mention this because you won’t be seeing me at these upcoming shows. I also want to share my story so that anyone else experiencing the agony and isolation of getting left behind right now knows they’re not entirely alone.”
It’s funny to even think about The Offspring, but everything from 20 years ago is I guess still happening now, so they’re probably still popular.
Did you see that Fred Durst was also in the news recently? He has a bleached blond mustache.
He was playing at Lollapalooza, because apparently there are not any new rock bands.
All of the new music that comes out is either some black thing, or some decadent hyper-sexual Prozac pop. Honestly, I don’t even think I could name a popular new rock band or any of the subgenres that has emerged in the last 15 years. Millennials grew up listening to rock music, but apparently they have no interest in making their own.
The Offspring was never a good band, but that song about the guy being abused by his girlfriend is something that will always resonate with me.
“I’m just a sucker with no self-esteem” as an explanation for being controlled by women pretty well sums up the millennial experience of being raised by dominating boomer women and then going on to look for women to control their lives as adults.
If only there was an alpha male black guy to explain to faggoty millennial whites that they have to release their anger towards their abusive, domineering mother in order to be free of the spirit of a woman that dwells within them…
The pop punk movement of the 1990s, of which The Offspring was a fixture, was really defined by very safe memes being marketed as edgy, so it is well and fitting that they are now demanding that everyone get vaxxed.
The Foo Fighters all went into vaxx mania, demanding that anyone who comes to their shows be vaxxed – then one of them got infected with a “breakthrough case.”
The media claims that you have a 99.99% chance of not getting a breakthrough case, which seems statistically unlikely, given that it is anecdotally happening to all of these famous people.
Still, a few rock stars are speaking out against the hoax – not just the right-wing boomers you’d expect like Van Morrison, Johnny Rotten and Morrissey.
James Delingpole recently had on Right Said Fred, another 1990s band. It was a good interview.
They’re Britpop, but were popular globally, and more recently co-wrote Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” (which was not the best of her classics, but still pretty good). The interesting thing is that these guys were leftists, and as recently as 2014, they appeared with the extremist leftist neoconservative Jon Oliver and sang a song calling for the overthrow of Bashir al-Assad by the US military and their terrorist groups.
I don’t know if they’ve had a transformation over the period between then and now, or if they just got sick of this virus hoax.
Ian Brown from The Stone Roses (1990s again!) has also been very vocal against the hoax.
You all know this song, even if you don’t know you know it. I like this song.
He still hasn’t been banned from Twitter.
His entire feed is just nonstop boomer-tier anti-hoax material.
Masks,Tests,Jabs,Digital health ID passes. Im exempt to all due to allergies. Im allergic to bullshit!
— Ian Brown (@ianbrown) July 30, 2021
Whats goin on….. https://t.co/GQcKQgtJSY
— Ian Brown (@ianbrown) July 30, 2021
So, there are a few keeping to the rock n’ roll ethos. Still, you’d think that more people who rely on large crowds gathering together to make a living would be just outright refusing this hoax, if only for totally selfish reasons.