A lot of rock musicians are out volunteering their thoughts on politics and the upcoming election . . . but ALICE COOPER isn’t out on the front lines. And he doesn’t think any rock star should be.
He says, quote, “I absolutely hate it. It’s the worst idea ever . . . Why do people think rock stars know more than they do? . . . If anything we’re dumber . . .
“Rock ‘n’ roll was built to go as far away from politics as you could get. When my mom and dad talked about who to vote for, I’d go in the other room and put on the Beatles or Rolling Stones . . . and I’m still like that.”
He does say that musicians SHOULD use their platform to campaign for humanitarian issues . . . quote, “I think what Bono does and what [Bruce] Springsteen does, Sting and all the people that raise money for others . . . that’s humanitarian, and I’m all for that. But I don’t think that’s political.”
It isn’t? It might not have been in the ’60s, but today it seems like everything is politicized whether you like it or not. Maybe everyone can agree on feeding starving children in Africa . . . especially if they’re not footing the bill.
But what about human rights or equal rights . . . gay and transgender rights, women’s rights, equal pay, livable wages, poverty, Black Lives Matter, police protection, immigration, terrorism, refugees, and so on? It’s hard to be a humanitarian and not be political, or perceived that way.