Rock and roll legend Alice Cooper has lost a partnership with a cosmetics company due to his traditional beliefs about gender and children.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member told Stereogum in an August interview that it’s absurd to tell children they can change genders. Cooper is a professing Christian.
“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,” Cooper said. “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.”
Transgenderism, Cooper added, is a “fad.”
Following Cooper’s comments, Vampyre Cosmetics, which had a business deal with the shock rocker, said it was severing ties, according to Faithwire.
“In light of recent statements by Alice Cooper we will no longer be doing a makeup collaboration,” the company said on its Instagram page. “We stand with all members of the LGBTQIA+ community and believe everyone should have access to healthcare. All pre-order sales will be refunded.”
Children, Cooper said, should be required to wait until they’re an adult before making such a life-changing decision.
“[L]et somebody at least become sexually aware of who they are before they start thinking about if they’re a boy or a girl,” he told Stereogum. “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.”
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.