Over the past week, people like author Michael Boulerice began to spread an online joke suggesting Ted Cruz and Sweet are the same person. It started with this photo comparison, likening their facial features:
At first, Sweet jokingly played up to the meme via his official Twitter account:
— MichaelSweet Stryper (@michaelhsweet) March 13, 2016
But in recent days, the meme continued to gain momentum, to the point Sweet could not joke about it any longer. The Stryper frontman assured followers that even though Cruz is a devout Christian, he is not one and the same with the frontman of the 1980s’ preeminent Christian hair metal band:
— MichaelSweet Stryper (@michaelhsweet) March 17, 2016
To hell with the devil… and devilish memes.
Update: Sweet has shared the following comment with Billboard.
The whole Michael Sweet/Ted Cruz comparison came as a surprise. I don’t see any resemblance but I’m certainly laughing at the whole thing going public and being the #1 trending story on Facebook! I do hope Ted is a Stryper fan and that he comes out to a show this year on tour. Maybe I’ll have him up for a song so we can put this whole thing to rest.