Alice Cooper dropped by goth cosmetic brand for opposing child sex changes

"Who’s making the rules?"

Libby Emmons Brooklyn NY

Legendary heavy metal rocker Alice Cooper has come out publicly in opposition to child sex changes, saying he's "afraid that it's also a fad." He sided with Paul Stanley and Dee Snider, two other gender-bending rock and rollers who are against medical sex changes for minors.

For that, he was canceled by cosmetics company Vampyre Cosmetics, which is "autistic owned company celebrating austism acceptance." Many young people who determine themselves to be trans are actually autistic. They were intending to collaborate on a line of cosmetics with Cooper. 

The brand claims to believe people are "beautiful just the way you are," but then took issue with Cooper, who says that children and teens are, basically, beautiful just the way they are and do not need drugs and surgeries to express themselves. Yet the 75-year-old rocker is out from Vampyre.

After his remarks, they walked back the collaboration plans, saying "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." The company has since deleted its X account, though the company's Instagram remains active.

The company claims they "strive to be a beauty disruptor," and to be "women, disabled, lgbtq and neurodivergent owned."

Their mission is in "Renouncing social constructs of beauty and replacing them with individual ones. Why choose between unique, inspired packaging and high quality, ethical cosmetics? We are all of the above. We believe beauty is in everyone. We simply provide tools as an option for the expression of it."

Vampyre Cosmetics partners with TikToker Constantine Latting, who poses in vampire makeup. 

"I’m understanding that there are cases of transgender," Cooper told Stereogum, "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.'"

He went on to talk about what it's like to be a kid, which many people forget when they hit adulthood. 

"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," Cooper said.

"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," he said.

"It’s getting to the point now," Cooper went on, "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 said, differentiating between adult people who choose surgery to change their appearance to align with that of the opposite sex.

Stereogum pushed back, saying parents "listen" to their kids, and are not "encouraging" or enforcing sex changes, referring to child sex changes as "appropriate care."

"Well," Cooper responded, "I can see somebody really taking advantage of this, though. 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, and he’s not in the least bit… He’s just taking advantage of that situation. Well, that’s going to happen. Somebody’s going to get raped, and the guy’s going to say, 'Well, I felt like a girl that day, and then I felt like a guy.' Where do you draw this line?"

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