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Godsmack’s Sully Erna Rips Celebrities For Encouraging Medical Behaviors During Pandemic: ‘Shut Up And Entertain’

GODSMACK front man Sully Erna has celebrities, including fellow musicians, who used their high-profile voices to encourage medical behavior, saying to “shut up and let people live their lives”.

Erna, who recently confirmed that politics played a role in his decision to move GODSMACK’s headquarters to Florida part-time – which is Republican in presidential elections – while maintaining a home in New Hampshire, discussed his views on celebrity health campaigns in a new interview with Mindy Novotny on Milwaukee radio station 102.9 The Hog. The 53-year-old singer / guitarist spoke about the fact that in the era of the pandemic, high-profile vaccination recommendations have become an important part of the public health message: “I get paid to be an entertainer. This is the position I have so I’m going to focus on entertaining, making people smile, healing people through music. My advice is be quiet and let people live their lives because you won’t know the consequences of pushing them one way or another. So why not just do what you are great at and entertaining because that is who you are. That is the position that I have taken and that I will stand in. I’ll write my music, I’ll put on great live shows, and I’ll help people esc -e much of their daily problems that they hopefully face. “

Last March, Erna told The Mistress Carrie Podcast about his move to Florida. “I’ve been looking for an alternative home area for a while. And California was kind of on my radar just because I have a lot of friends there, my business is there, [and] I love the weather. But when all this political shit went down, it really got me off the thought process and way of life of a lot of liberals and people I just can’t connect with on that wavelength. It’s so bothered me that I don’t really want to drive three thousand miles across the country to pay three times that to live in such nonsense and be locked up. “

He continued, “So, yeah, Corona and politics played part of my decision to move to Florida. And I honestly just went there to buy a property with some space and a decent cottage, and I wanted horses. And I knew Shannon [Larkin, GODSMACK drummer] was kind of in horse country because it’s in North Fort Myers. So I just came across this really great offer with this lady who had a 20 acre horse ranch but also owned a 30 acre pasture next door which is just an open pasture that a guy leases to keep his cows pasteurize. And it gives me a tax break because it’s agricultural. And I get half a cow a year. [Laughs] So, yeah, I’m a meat eater too. Not only am I not a liberal, I’m a bloody meat eater. “

With Governor Ron DeSantis at the helm, Florida is considered to be the most lax COVID-19 restrictions in North America.

Erna has spoken louder about his political opinions in recent years and said in an episode of his Internet show “Hometown Sessions” from July 2020 that if “Trump stays in” [office], COVID is going to be a big, messy pest and there will be more people burning down Wendy’s damn restaurants. If Trump’s fucking gone, all of a sudden they’ll have that miracle vaccine that those damn liars were holding on to. “

In February 2020, Erna came under fire for sharing a post flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat hoaxes and misinformation on its newsfeed. The post in question criticized then-Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders’ plan to raise the minimum wage and provide universal health care to all Americans. It also cited Sanders’ Medicare For All plan, a single, national health insurance program that would cover everyone living in the United States.

In 2004, Erna announced that he would not endorse the Democratic presidential candidate in this year’s election and told Launch Radio Networks, “I’m a Republican. I want republicans [incumbent Republican president George W.] Bush to win. I don’t like that election, but I have to tell you, I don’t really believe in the Democrats either, man. I don’t like their way of thinking. I don’t like Bush, I don’t love Bush, I’ll tell you, but I want a Republican in office. ”

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