Alice Cooper, the “Godfather of Shock Rock” just gave his fans an actual shock when he recently went on a transphobic rant in an interview. Not only has a makeup brand dropped him from an upcoming collab, but heartbroken fans are wondering why he didn’t bother to educate himself on the trans community before targeting the LGBTQ+ community.
Alice Cooper Drops New Album After Transphobia
Alice Cooper just dropped a new album, “Road,” and informed his 1.5 million fans via an Instagram post, writing, “Buckle up, the wait is finally over. Road is out today! Hop in your car, turn it up, and let’s hit the road together! But remember, this isn’t your Father’s Road Trip…”
In a recent interview with “Stereogum” magazine, Cooper was asked about his views on sexuality given that in a 1974 interview with SPEC, he had rather forward-thinking responses to questions about sexuality and gender. At the time, he felt the world would soon mostly become bisexual. Yet now, it seems Cooper, whose real name is Vincent Damon Furnier, believes that gender identity is a fad.
Cooper confirmed the same in his comments, stating, “Yeah. I’m understanding that there are cases of transgender, but I’m afraid that it’s also a fad, and I’m afraid there’s a lot of people claiming to be this just because they want to be that. I find it wrong when you’ve got a six-year-old kid who has no idea. He just wants to play, and you’re confusing him telling him, ‘Yeah, you’re a boy, but you could be a girl if you want to be.'”
Fans seem heartbroken over the comments, as one wrote, “Legit heart broken rn I adored you and have for my whole 23 years of existence. You seemed like a man who had his head and heart in the right place. I’m deeply hurt and disappointed in you according to the media being a Transphobe.”
Fans Feel Betrayed By His Anti-Trans Comments
Cooper also felt that he looked at it more logically, further saying, “I look at it this way, the logical way: If you have these genitals, you’re a boy. If you have those genitals, you’re a girl. There’s a difference between ‘I am a male who is a female, or I’m a female who’s a male’ and wanting to be a female. You were born a male. Now, the difference is you want to be a female. Okay, that’s something you can do later on if you want to. But you’re not a male born a female.”
Cooper added that parents should encourage some doubt in their kid’s gender identities in such cases, and take them to pediatricians who could provide the right care.
There were plenty who tried to tell him that he was getting it wrong…
Wrote one Instagram user, “Alice. literally nobody – I mean ABSOLUTELY NOBODY – is telling a 6-year-old child, who is born a girl, that they are a boy. Not to mention the fact that NO CHILD IS GETTING GENDER AFFIRMING SURGERIES. the only transitioning that happens to trans youth is changing our name in school rosters (NOT LEGALLY – in school documents ONLY), our pronouns, & using the terms we prefer & most identify with. In order to get surgeries, we have to go through YEARS of waiting along with MULTIPLE doctors to even be CONSIDERED okay to go through with top or bottom surgery. we are not monsters, & we are not indoctrinating anyone – we simply want trans youth to survive.”
Vampyre Cosmetics Drops Alice Cooper Collab
Cooper didn’t just stop there. He felt people could use gender identities to their advantage leading to sexual assault and more, even as fans tried to explain to him that this is not how gender identities or fluidity work.
There were some fans who tried to stand by him, commenting, “I know there is a lot of BS going on around you right now because the media has lit up something that you said when you were just answering a question that was asked of you. All respect, and I know that you respect everyone else because that’s literally what you said even though people forget to read that part. You’re entitled to your opinions.”
Johnny Depp, a long-term friend, band member, and collaborator, is keeping mum on the same subject.
Meanwhile, Vampyre Cosmetics has dropped their upcoming collab with Cooper, declaring that it stands by the LGBTQ+ crowd.