Alice Cooper has shared his ideas on gender-affirming healthcare for younger folks, describing being transgender as “a fad”.
The 75-year-old shock rock star was talking in a current interview with Stereogum when he stated that he believed issues had “gone now to the point of absurdity”.
Cooper was requested about his ideas on feedback made by his “theatrical” rock friends about gender id – together with KISS’ Paul Stanley, who known as kids’s gender reassignment surgical procedure “a sad and dangerous fad”, and Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider, who backed Stanley’s remark. Stanley later walked back his assertion, whereas Snider denied transphobia accusations.
The musician stated that he was “understanding that there are cases of transgender”, however that “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”.
He went on: “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’.”
Cooper additionally stated that he thinks it’s “so confusing to a kid. It’s even confusing to a teenager”.
He elaborated: “You’re still trying to find your identity, and yet here’s this thing going on, saying, ‘Yeah, but you can be anything you want. You can be a cat if you want to be.’ I mean, if you identify as a tree… And 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.”
The ‘School’s Out’ singer then addressed to the “whole woke thing”, asking who was figuring out the agenda. “Is there a building somewhere in New York where people sit down every day and say, ‘OK, we can’t say ‘mother’ now. We have to say ‘birthing person.’ Get that out on the wire right now’?”
He additionally stated that the “woke” factor was “getting to the point now where it’s laughable”, saying: “Everybody I talk to says, ‘Isn’t it stupid?’ And I’m going, ‘Well, I respect people. I respect people and who they are, but I’m not going to tell a seven-year-old boy, ‘Go put a dress on because maybe you’re a girl,’ and he’s going, ‘No, I’m not. I’m a boy’.”
The musician added that he thinks somebody ought to “at least become sexually aware of who they are before they start thinking about if they’re a boy or a girl”.
He defined: “A lot of times, 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 that’s a male’ and wanting to be a female. You were born a male. Okay, so that’s a fact. You have these things here.”
He additionally stated that transitioning was “something you can do later on if you want to”.
When challenged by the interviewer that oldsters aren’t essentially encouraging doubt of their kids, however that they need to certainly take heed to them and discover the correct healthcare, Cooper stated he may “see somebody really taking advantage of this”.
Alice Cooper. CREDIT: Neil Lupin/Redferns/Getty Photos.
He used the instance that “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”.
Cooper added: “Properly, that’s going to occur. Any person’s going to get raped, and the man’s going to say, ‘Well, I felt like a girl that day, and then I felt like a guy.’ The place do you draw this line?
“Something’s going to raise its ugly head, and all of a sudden, people are going to start going, ‘Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute. We’ve got to get this under control.’”
The musician’s response is massively at odds with current feedback from Nick Cave, who stated: “I love my trans fans fully and wish them the best.”
Hozier, in the meantime, said that he feels the LGBTQ+ group are being focused as scapegoats, sharing: “I think we’re witnessing that increasingly with the LGBTQ+ community and particularly the trans community.”