There are so many jokes and potshots one can lob at Scott Stapp, it’s hard to know where to start.
Creed has long been the punching bag of the music industry for bad music, easy exploitation of the Christian market, and personal arrogance. But as much as his flawed, Euro-centric, religious bias may compliment the temptation to laugh at and taunt his recent spiral into the lunatic fringe, it’s hard to see Stapp, or anyone for that matter, struggle like that. It does not serve the heart well to savor another’s pain, no matter how confused or off-kilter it might be. The mind is a terrible foe under the right conditions, and anyone who’s ever experienced a truly trying time in their lives should understand that.
This isn’t one of those articles that will simply point, laugh and gawk at an arrogant rock star now down on his luck. It does not attempt the opportunistic plea to laughter in the shadow of another’s time of need. No, you’ll have to read any of the numerous other articles on Stapp for that. This article, instead, while pointing out the who, what, where, when and why – the details –also offers love and support, the very things Stapp seems so recently lost from, such as the faith he doesn’t even seem to be able to find in his own big daddy, Christ. And folks, I’m no Christian.
Fresh on the heels of a public video statement stating that he is “penniless” and living in his truck these days, Stapp uploaded two additional videos over the week in which he cryptically discusses the people who have wronged him, lack of Christ and religion in our country, as a whole, his financial woes, as well as references to some form of legal revenge now underway.
Stapp states in one of the videos:
Now the process has officially begun and heads are getting ready to start rolling, and individuals who have slandered me and stolen from me and physically threatened me and physically assaulted me are going to start doing their time, getting busted, getting caught.
Considering that Stapp later offers a sad shout-out to his children in the same video, it might be an easy guess that he is going through a separation of some kind, which could attest to being taken advantage of financially, and the overwhelming feeling he has for “evil” in the world. Perhaps an affair is in the mix, as well? Maybe with a close friend or band member? Who knows?
What we can tell from Stapp’s odd videos is that he’s struggling, losing faith in humanity, and spiraling in a dark direction. Remember what happened to Michael Hutchence of INXS?
It’s a little less difficult, however, to feel for Stapp when he starts going off on his war on Christians rant. That makes about as much sense as a war on white people because folks are standing up so much against racism lately.
In the same video mentioned above (the same video included below – the third installment of Stapp’s vlogs), he begins blaming his troubles on the “evil” and “soul sickness” he feels is so present in America today.
We’ve taken God out of everything – we won’t allow kids to pray to Christ or God in our public schools, but we sure will make allowances for Muslims and Hindus and Buddhists to have their freedom of religion.
Of course, Stapp doesn’t see the larger picture that Christianity is often pressured to be left out of public schools because of the separation of church and state, as well as the fact that Christianity makes up the dominant culture in America, so offering Christian prayer in school comes across as a pressure to assimilate in a way that allowing other faiths to pray in school does not.
His perspective also misses the fact that prayer, if allowed in school, should simply be open to all faiths, rather than Christian alone. If one is accepted, they all must be, but the dominant attitude in the country jerks its knees at the notion of Muslims praying in American public schools. That’s just one example, and you know the Satanists are going to get in on the act just to prove a point, which fill freak out the Christians immediately. No, Stapp fails to see the pressure from Christianity just beneath the surface because he, himself, is a self-identified Christian.
But hey, everyone has blind spots, right? No one is perfect, and despite his flawed perspective, the bottom line is the guy is hurting and needs help. He’s reaching out to the random wide public for any attention he can get in order to secure help, and that’s just sad. It’s nothing to laugh at or celebrate.
And hey, wouldn’t it be great to see the Muslim community help him out? That would give him something to chew on, wouldn’t it? Or atheists, or the Satan-happy folks. Wiccans – you name it. Wouldn’t it be great to see someone publicly hurting and begging for help receive it from the very people he so troublingly misunderstands and marginalizes? This is an opportunity, in a small way.
Feeding into the theory of separation causing Stapp’s late downfall, his estranged wife recently filed papers in order to seek a 60-day hold on him, stating that he’d been hearing “phantom voices” and having “paranoid visions of people on fire.” Earlier in the month, too, Stapp was found incoherent and rambling on the side of the road, drunk as a monk – not very Christlike, eh?
But people struggle hard in the midst of major life changes. Divorce, separation from your kids, losing your house, your finances, etc. Unless you’ve been through it, you may not be able to understand the emotional and psychological toll that can take on a person. Again, it’s not something to laugh at, even if Stapp may project those problems into an overly dramatic public Christian-based tantrum. And even if he was a large, arrogant, conservative douche at the top of his fame. Hell, I don’t know what shape I’d be in if faced with the same problems Stapp has, how about you? It’s easy to say “Man up,” but when one is so far lost from love, you can get a little crazy until the light begins to shine on you again, even if you’re the one who turned out the lights.
As of Friday, Stapp deleted two of the three vlogs and released a statement through Creed’s official Facebook page. But as we all know, once it’s out there, there’s no getting it back from the Internet, so the videos survive.
The statement on the band’s Facebook page reads as follows:
I’m going to step back and let God control everything from here on. I should have continued to do that before I allowed my hurt, frustration, and emotions take control and post those videos. All I can say is that the truth will set you (me) free, and I’m holding on to Jeremiah 29:11 and Isaiah 44:8. This is a test of faith, and I will NEVER give up or lose my faith. No matter what. This will be my last statement until after justice is served. Love to you all my friends.
Let us hope, regardless of what we think of Stapp, that he fairs better than our late friend from down under.
You can see the most recent video statement by Stapp below: