A cosmetics company has ended its collaboration with Alice Cooper after he described being transgender as a “fad”.
The 75-year-old shock rock star recently worked with makeup brand Vampyre Cosmetics on a new collaboration, but has since backed off following controversial comments made in a recent interview.
As reported by Billboard, the makeup products, which were announced on August 14, have also been removed from the website.
The rock artist was speaking in a recent interview with Stereogum when he said he believed “the point of absence has already been reached.”
The musician also said that he “understands that there are cases of transsexuality”, but that “I’m afraid that it’s also a fashion, and I’m afraid that there are many people who say that these are just because they want to be so).
Now, Vampyre Cosmetics has shared a statement saying they will no longer be working with Cooper.
“In light of Alice Cooper’s recent statement we will no longer be doing makeup collaborations,” the brand wrote in a post. instagram. We stand with all members of the LGBTQIA+ community and believe that everyone should have access to healthcare. All pre-sales will be refunded.
On Cooper’s website, a description of the collection said that it “will reflect Alice’s style and will feature guitar and amp-shaped makeup palettes, microphone-inspired lipsticks and, highlights for Alice Cooper and makeup fans, a new take on Alice Cooper’s iconic Whiplash mascara.” A unisex product originally created to “Free Your Eyes.”
In the recent interview in question, Cooper was asked about his thoughts on comments made by his “theatrical” rock peers about gender identity, including Paul Stanley of KISS, who called sex a “sad and dangerous fashion”. childhood gender reassignment surgery, and Twisted Sister’s Dee. Snider, who seconded Stanley’s comment. Stanley will withdrew later, though Snider denied the allegations of transphobia.
At one point in the conversation, Cooper said about gender confirmation care: “I feel bad when you have a six-year-old who has no idea. He just wants to play, and you’re confusing him by say, ‘Yeah, you’re a boy, but you could be a girl if you want.
Elsewhere, he said: “Often, I look at it this way, the logical way: If you have these genitalia, you’re a boy. If you have those genitalia, you’re a girl. There’s a difference between the those genitals. ‘I’m a boy’ and ‘I’m a girl’, or I’m a woman’ and I want to be a woman. You were born a man. That’s a fact. You have these things here.”
The musician’s comments contradicted Nick Cave’s recent comments on the transgender community, who said: “I love my transgender people and I wish them all the best.”
Hozier, for his part, said he believes the LGBTQ+ community is being used as a scapegoat: “I think we see it more and more with the LGBTQ+ community and, in particular, with the trans community.”