If Kirk Cameron is any indication, it was probably only a matter of time — Christian rock demigod Scott Stapp has officially run with arms wide open into right-wing psychosis. Some say it was because he one too many times asked his meth dealer to take him higher. Others say it was just a matter of time for the lead singer of any Christian band formed in Florida. But either way, the verdict is in: Stapp’s mind has dissolved into a great divide mushy human clay.
Recently, in a non-Cartman-related incident, Stapp’s name came back into the spotlight when he released a rather bizarre, 15-minute Facebook video. In the video below, he tells viewers that he’s completely broke; so penniless that at one point he was living in his truck with nothing to eat for over two days. Stapp’s circumstances have evidently improved somewhat, since he’s now living at a Holiday Inn.
“Right now, I’m under some kind of pretty vicious attack. I still haven’t figured out the reasons why…except that about eight weeks ago I began an audit of not only my record company, but my personal finances. During that audit, it was uncovered that a lot of money was stolen from me, a lot of royalties went unpaid. and that’s when all hell began to break loose.
All the sudden, the IRS has frozen my bank accounts two or three times to leave me completely penniless. I don’t even understand that…when I called to ask why, they said ‘Oh, we had an address mix-up. It was a clerical error. So we’ll return your funds in nine to ten months.’
Right now I’m living in a Holiday Inn, by the grace of God. Because there’s been a couple of weeks when I had to sleep in my truck. I had no money, not even for gas or food. I went two days without eating.”
Stapp then goes on to say he’s sober, and “the truth will prevail.” Later in the video he also laments Godless America, saying it suffers from a “soul sickness” because “God has been removed out of American culture and relegated to churches.”
It all sounds pretty sincere, except there’s a possibility none of it is actually true.
Stapp has a long history of paranoia and mental illness, and not all of it related to having oral sex orgies with Kid Rock and assorted groupies. Back in 2003, he told Rolling Stone that he had been convinced the other members of Creed were planning to murder him so he would become a “Kurt Cobain martyr-type.”
In his various exploits with drugs including cocaine and meth, Stapp’s attempted suicide a few times. He said of one attempt that it was the “result of Prednisone coming out of his body.” During that instance, he used two MP5 pistols from his gun collection, which by some accounts is considerable.
But that’s ancient history compared to this month’s events.
After the video was released, it came to light that Stapp himself had just been released…from a mental hospital. He was Baker Acted for the legal three days when police found him on the side of the road on November 13th. They claim he was highly intoxicated on some substance, and incoherently rambling about how someone was trying to poison him. Additionally, just three days before on November 10th, he’d left a message at his children’s school informing them that they were under attack from ISIS.
Stapp’s AA sponsor says that he “has visions of people on fire” and “hears voices.”
Immediately after Stapp was released from the three-day Baker Act hold, his estranged wife Jaclyn and her mother filed for a further 60-day involuntary commitment. They fear he’ll harm himself or others if he’s not committed, and that his claims of being sober are far from true.
And to the extent that he his, it may only be because he’s detoxing from a recent meth binge while living (quite possibly armed) in his truck and running from the men with the straitjackets.
That aside, it’s hard to say what’s going on in the Creed singer’s head these days. He lived something of a double life as a Christian rock god, and that still seems to be the case. Lots of questions remain unanswered, but perhaps one above all:
What will this mean to Eric Cartman?