Thinks trans is a fad: Who the fck is Alice Cooper


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Alice Cooper thinks trans is a fad. Who the fck is Alice? You know — Alice Cooper! Fame and fortune derived from dressing androgenously and adopting a female name. Oh,… and decapitating baby dolls on stage with an axe.

But 75-year-old Alice quickly learned there’s a price to pay for ignorance when Vampyre Cosmetics cancelled a contract for a makeup collection. The brand nixed the collaboration after comments Cooper made to music website Stereogum.

“I find it wrong when you’ve got a 6-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. I mean, if you identify as a tree… I’m going, ‘Come on! What are we in, a Kurt Vonnegut novel?’ It’s so absurd, that it’s gone now to the point of absurdity.”

“A guy can walk into a woman’s bathroom at any time and just say, ‘I just feel like I’m a woman today’ and have the time of his life in there. He’s just taking advantage of that situation… Somebody’s going to get raped.”

“A fad”

“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.”

The former alcoholic, then cocaine addict, and more recently born-again Christian, usually prides himself on avoiding politics.

But now, as LGBTQIA+ people face increasingly dangerous rhetoric and harmful legislation, the old shock rock star chooses to spout non-fact-based assertions that place marginalised and disadvantaged people at greater risk.

Used to love his music. All I can say now is ‘Who the fck is Alice Cooper!’

It’s not just America: the rhetoric is contagious and affects Australia too:

One Nation bid for transgender youth health Senate inquiry fails.

Family devastated after bullied Qld trans boy takes his life.

Four Corners slammed for ‘unethical’ episode on trans rights.

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Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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2 Comments

  1. Michael
    26 August 2023
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    This is a hard one, I am a keen Alice fan, and have attended all of his concerts in Australia since 2001. It is a shame he has decided to parrot other conservatives, whom at one time would have also picketed his concerts, as they used to do to KISS {and probably still do}, other heavy rock / metal bands, and of course Madonna, & Lady Gaga I think. I have never heard nor seen evidence, but those preachers have also probably picketed, any out proud pop stars, from Culture Club, to Cub Sport. Alice has just released a new album & have had other new releases I haven’t caught up with getting, I may have to keep my money in my bank, including any future tours back to Australia. I love his escapist horror show, that grotesque & violent, he also either hangs himself or his on stage character of Alice, or more so goes back to the guillotine. But to me, has been a macabre assessment of how society can overlook the negative side of humanity that takes too long to accept we need to overcome, such as abuse & violence towards women. There are a couple of songs, in his catalogue that seem empathetic towards gays or difference in others, without pretending to know, or have any real personal insights beyond common acceptance should be for everyone. Sad he has chosen to do so regarding “Trans as a Fad” when indeed his whole career has been about dressing up into an alternate being. That is not how any real Transpeople would see or regard themselves. With someone who once said he hardly has regular sleep patterns because he always wants to be informed & that “….to face the daily news scares me to death….”, he sounds like he has agreed to go along being misinformed, & no doubt justifying it all by his beliefs. As if it has ever had any negative impact on him or his career. There would have been a time Alice found it a struggle to achieve anything like his art would take him, due to prejudices & barriers intended to derail it happening. Amazing how the empathy can dry up, when you are too successful to be fully cancelled that much. Yes a few penalties may have been applied, but possibly only a wrist slap. Unless it is the scenario of Michael Jackson, Rolf Harris {Alice did a terrific cover of Rolf’s “Sun Arise” on the much loved early “Love It To Death” album, the same as eternal Alice standard “I’m Eighteen”}, or Robert Hughes {“Hey Dad” actor & reason why “ABBA The Movie” will rarely if ever be seen on most TV or in Cinema screens again}.

  2. OLIVER BROOKS
    28 August 2023
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    what a pity Alice D. Cooper is entering his second childhood i for one won’t ever be playing his closeted anthems on my radio show ever again lol.

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