Rocker Alice Cooper described “gender-affirming” medical procedures for children as a “fad” in an interview with Stereogum magazine on Wednesday, drawing criticism from Billboard and other establishment outlets. 

Alice Cooper, whose on-stage look features theatrical costumes, long hair and plenty of eyeliner, acknowledged that “there are cases of transgender,” but argued it was “also a fad,” with “a lot of people claiming to be this just because they want to be that.”  He criticized adults who he said are planting the idea in children’s heads and confusing them at a vulnerable time, explaining: “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.’” 

Cooper, whose real name is Vincent Furnier, continued with a broader swipe at “the whole Woke thing,” questioning who was “making the rules” that imposed politically-correct neologisms on the English-speaking population. 

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’? Who is this person that’s making these rules?” he asked, dismissing the phenomenon as an absurdist “comedy.” While the interviewer mentioned other glam rockers who had opined on the trans issue and then eaten their words after public backlash, Cooper insisted he was not being “old school” in his views but simply “logical,” arguing his opinions were those of the vast majority.  

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Alice Cooper’s 29th studio album since 1969, Road, was released yesterday.