The drummer of the famous Californian punk band Offspring announced on his social media accounts that he has been dismissed from the band and will not be present in the upcoming tours because he chose not to get vaccinated against the CCP virus (COVID-19).
While the band that was very successful in the ’90s and extended its fame until the mid-2000s with the MTV boom plans to return to the stage on August 8, drummer Pete Parada, who has played with Offspring since 2007, used his Twitter account to announce that he will not be present on the tours and explained why.
“I’ve got some unfortunate and difficult news to share. I know many of my close friends and family would’ve preferred to hear this privately first—and I apologize for the public nature of my disclosure, but I don’t know how to have this conversation multiple times,” wrote the drummer.
Parada, who claimed he contracted the virus last year but that it was nothing more than the flu, explained that he has a sensitive medical history and that he fears the side effects of the COVID vaccine and, therefore, after consulting with his doctor, decided not to get the vaccine.
In his tweet, he explained that he suffered from Guillain-Barré syndrome as a child, one of the adverse effects of coronavirus vaccines reported in different parts of the world.
“Unfortunately for me, (and my family—who is hoping to keep me around a bit longer) the risks far outweigh the benefits,” the musician assured.
Because of his decision not to get vaccinated, the band decided to disassociate him because it was ‘not safe’ to be around him. The musician criticized that the COVID vaccine is becoming an industry obligation.
Earlier in July, another musician, Richard Ashcroft, former lead singer of the British band The Verve, also made headlines for canceling his performance at the Tramlines Festival in Sheffield, England, because the organization decided at the last minute to request proof of vaccination from attendees.
Pete Parada took advantage of the situation to show his solidarity with people in a similar situation, isolated and agonizing for having decided not to get vaccinated. Still, he assured that he has no resentment towards the band because they decided what was best for them, and he also decided what was best for him, he explained.
But the musician decided not to get vaccinated for medical reasons in his publication, but he also made clear his position regarding the obligatory nature of the vaccine.
“While my reason for not getting this jab is medical, I want to make sure I’m not carving out a space that is only big enough for me,” Parada wrote.
“I need to state, unequivocally, that I support informed consent—which necessitates choice unburdened by coercion. I do not find it ethical or wise to allow those with the most power (government, corporations, organizations, employers) to dictate medical procedures to those with the least power.”
The drummer claimed that there are countless people with pre-existing medical conditions like himself where the risks outweigh the benefits of the experimental vaccine. He said that speaking openly that one does not want to be vaccinated is not easy to do, even if there are medical issues that justify it.
Parada also criticized governments and the medical system in his publication and also, in his own words, implied that there is no one-size-fits-all solution.
“If it looks like half the population is having a shockingly different reaction to these jabs than was expected—it’s probably because their life experiences have actually been shockingly different, and their reasons range from a conscientious risk/benefit analysis, to the financial inability to take time off work/lack of healthcare in the event of potential side-effects, to an understandable distrust in a system that has never prioritized the health or well-being of their communities.”
The drummer was supportive, conciliatory, and good-hearted in his final words.
“I hope we can learn to make room for all the perspectives and fears that are happening currently. Let’s avoid the unfortunate tendency to dominate, dehumanize and shout down at each other. The hesitant population is not a monolithic group. All voices deserve to be heard,” Parada wrote.
Now out of work, the musician announced that he is about to launch a project and will play with his daughter, asking for support from his fans to open a new path forward.
“Sending love to everyone who has been impacted by this pandemic, in all the ways lives have been lost and altered,” were the musician’s closing words.