Cosmetics Company Cuts Ties with Alice Cooper Over His Recent Comments About Trans People
In yet another case of an old white musician “finding out” after rattling off some ill-informed (at best) comments about the trans community and gender affirming care, a cosmetics company is distancing itself from shock rocker Alice Cooper.
Vampyre Cosmetics took to their Instagram account over the weekend to announce that they were pulling the plug on a new line of products they were launching in collaboration with Cooper after the 75-year-old called the trans community a “fad.”
“In light of recent statements by Alice Cooper we will no longer be doing a makeup collaboration. We stand with all members of the LGBTQIA+ community and believe everyone should have access to healthcare. All pre-order sales will be refunded.”
According to the company’s website, the line of cosmetics was announced on August 14 and would feature products that would “exude Alice’s style and feature guitar and amp shaped makeup palettes, microphone styled lipsticks and a major highlight for Alice Cooper and makeup fans to look forward to is a new version of Alice Cooper’s iconic Whiplash mascara.” The line even included a “unisex product originally created to ‘Liberate Your Eyes.’”
Pre-orders for the line had already started, but as they said in their announcement, the company is refunding customers.
All of this came after Alice Cooper essentially said during an interview with Stereogum that people were coming out as trans to be part of a trend.
“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.’ I think that’s so confusing to a kid. It’s even confusing to a teenager. 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 whole woke thing… Nobody can answer this question. Maybe you can. Who’s making the rules? Is there a building somewhere in New York where people sit down every day and say, ‘Okay, we can’t say ‘mother’ now. We have to say ‘birthing person.’ Get that out on the wire right now’? Who is this person that’s making these rules? I don’t get it. I’m not being old school about it. I’m being logical about it.
“It’s getting to the point now where it’s laughable. If anybody was trying to make a point on this thing, they turned it into a huge comedy. I don’t know one person that agrees with the woke thing. I don’t know one person. 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.”
“So I say let somebody at least become sexually aware of who they are before they start thinking about if they’re a boy or a girl. 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. 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 joins the long list of aging rockers who just don’t know when to shut up about shit they don’t understand. Cooper, The Who’s Pete Townsend, KISS’ Paul Stanley, Ted Nugent… the list goes on and on and on. But we’re going to keep hearing this shit until people open their eyes and realize that if you just mind your own business, everything will be okay.