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‘Sinister Minister’ Paisley Yankolovich Livestreams Musical Church From His Kitchen


Again in March, when Madonna instructed us from her rose-petal-filled bathtub that the novel coronavirus was the good equalizer, she wasn’t kidding. In Ms. Ciccione’s chosen career, musicians nice and small who could be touring the world this summer time at the moment are livestreaming from their residing rooms.

Paisley Yankolovich’s chosen career is saving souls, and the musician who’s described his ministry as “The Rocky Horror Jesus Present” has seen a bump in Sunday viewers since Arizonans began staying house to stop the unfold of COVID-19. For higher or worse, he is now on equal footing with the megachurch whose flock can now not, nicely, flock collectively. And he is vying for a similar salvation-hungry youths as the 2 Phoenix pastors whose church hosted a Trump rally in June and bore false witness to their air-filtration system that might kill “99 p.c of COVID inside 10 minutes.”

Born Daniel Robert Glickman, Yankolovich modified his moniker two years after his conversion to Christianity on the age of 21. “God gave me a brand new identify when He gave me a brand new coronary heart,” he says.

“Being homosexual, Jewish, and Christian,” he provides, “regardless of the subsequent holocaust is, I’ve obtained my suitcase packed and able to be rounded up.”

The brand new dynamic of Yankolovich preaching each Sunday by means of Fb since March has added an immediacy he hasn’t loved in a very long time. Folks attain out 24/7. “The necessity for precise connection has grown immensely throughout the pandemic,” he notes. “I am glad I can spend so many hours with folks, but in addition to introduce them to others which can be in the identical boat.”

Yankolovich, who calls himself the “Sinister Minister,” livestreams from his kitchen. The room — presently bereft of tables, cooking islands, or the rows of chairs the place pre-pandemic parishioners as soon as sat — takes its adorning cues from the Christmas- and Halloween-themed homes you discover in Glendale. The Kitchen is a medley of these two holidays, with Easter bunnies and Valentine’s hearts thrown in for good measure.

On his July 5 livestream, Yankolovich began off with a rousing trilogy of acoustic songs, covers of The Cramps’ “Sinners” and Blind Willie Johnson’s “No person’s Fault However Mine,” plus “Bullshit,” an authentic with the irreverent chorus, “I am sick and uninterested in this bullshit / Jesus come down and save us.” The roots of Yankolovich’s DIY gospel music run from Broadway reveals to Lou Reed and The New York Dolls to cowpunk. He as soon as fronted a preferred band referred to as Jerry’s Children in L.A. within the early ’80s.

With Black Lives Matter nonetheless on everybody’s minds, Yankolovich’s weekly sermon recounts how within the late ’70s, he skilled being pulled over for driving whereas being Jewish as an example how lengthy cops have enacted their rogue justice by means of racial profiling. When some folks put up on his Fb web page about “uppity Blacks,” he quotes the Bible to point out how the whole lot they’re saying flies in direct opposition of the New Testomony. “Christians have grow to be so lazy [about] figuring out Jesus personally that they’re sloths spiritually ravenous themselves,” he says.

After ushering the Kitchen attendees off the feed with a last hymn, Yankolovich leaves the room to test in the present day’s feedback and responds in variety, a lot the identical approach a priest would shake arms with everybody on the finish of Mass. He appears shocked that nobody ever posts something imply. Even the crank who argued with him  on Fb in regards to the notion of singing the Black Nationwide Anthem at sporting occasions has donated to the ministry.

Yankolovich has been doing home ministry for 38 years and supersized his Paisley persona to achieve the rising variety of suicidal homosexual teenagers disillusioned by the trendy church. 

“Folks dance round in rooster fits on the road to get you to go to their taco stand, and the attire and fight boots have been my rooster go well with.”

“You’ll assume my ministry could be filled with punk youngsters, goth youngsters, queers,” he continues, “however my ministry has at all times been financially supported by financially conservative Christians — a lot of occasions, married, straight white {couples} that hated queers till they met me and had an epiphany.”

He is fast to level out that the cash has by no means elevated him over the poverty line. He could have moved over three million copies of his 20-plus album discography however that does not imply he is offered three million copies.

And it is not like he hasn’t mulled over the idea of a plague earlier than. Again in 2013, when he nonetheless donning attire, make-up, and fight boots, he recorded an idea album referred to as Typhoid Mary.

“I at all times wished to create one thing a couple of pandemic,” he says. “I at all times stated that there shall be an after-AIDS, one thing that has no identify, and evil, faux Christians would rise to energy. I shamelessly name myself a prophet, and this is some proof.”

Folks of all stripes who search him for religious steering know that they’re not going to be judged. “I‘ll say to folks, ‘Aww, honey if that’s the worst factor you are able to do, you’re in the fitting place,'” he beams. “The excellent news is I’ve left no cease unturned on this life. The one factor I haven’t performed is homicide somebody, however I’m nonetheless younger.”

Which begs the query: What’s the worst factor that Yankolovich has performed? He reaches again to 1982 in Los Angeles, when he first turned a Christian and tried becoming into the conventional, white conservative church.

“I went to what’s nonetheless thought of to essentially the most charismatic, respectable Holy Spirit church buildings on the planet and was acknowledged instantly as somebody who had religious presents and musical expertise. So I used to be skilled as a disciple by some superb folks. However we’re all responsible standing there figuring out what we’re seeing is improper and never doing something about it.

“I bear in mind simply sitting there pondering, ‘That is all such bullshit, this isn’t actual.’ However I would like this. I would like the pulpit, I would like the go well with. And when it is my flip, I’ll repair this. That’s what politicians do, however by the point you get there, you’re so corrupt.”

Worse, he subjected himself to the “pray away the homosexual” crowd.

He continues. “I went by means of the deprogramming teams and I slept with virtually all of the leaders. If I didn’t sleep with them, they got here onto me or stated, ‘I simply need to confess to you, brother, that I’m actually interested in you.’ No kidding. I used to be 19. I used to be cute as soon as.”

A number of years again, when he wore the attire and fight boots, he had stable church bookings all year long, when church buildings wished to point out they have been “gay-friendly” or in some circumstances, not so pleasant.

“I did the Paisley hate tour and I had folks stroll out and even shove me off their pulpit,” he laughs. “For those who can hit a person in a costume in your church, nicely, you’re gonna get your ass kicked by a person in a costume in your church.”

Because the Trump administration, this dynamic has disappeared. Yankolovich credit Vice President Mike Pence for being “actually our solely politician that has truly modified a legislation of their state towards homosexual folks. Pence is a profoundly anti-gay advocate. He’s for shock remedy. He is the man that created the homosexual marriage ceremony cake drawback.”

These troubled occasions present seekers all of the extra incentive to seek out various locations to worship, like The Kitchen.

“I need to consider that the common thread of those who flock to Paisley and keep within the tribe are individuals who need to know what their very own voice is,” he says.

Paisley Yankolovich livestreams from The Kitchen each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. MST.