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Alice Cooper Calls Rock Stars in Politics ‘The Worst Idea Ever’

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Just in case you harbored any doubts at all as to whether Alice Cooper‘s recent tongue-in-cheek presidential bid was anything but a joke, he’s laid them to rest with a new interview outlining the many reasons why he thinks rock and politics should never mix.

Speaking with Metal Hammer: In Residence on Spotify (via Classic Rock Magazine), Cooper weighed in on the subject by bluntly stating, “I absolutely hate it. It’s the worst idea ever. First of all, why do people think rock stars know more than they do? That is the biggest fallacy in the world – if anything, we’re dumber. We’re not smarter than anybody else. I mean, why do you think we’re rock stars?”

Just because they’re all hobnobbing with elites, Cooper continued to argue, doesn’t mean they have access to — or interest in — any special knowledge. “Trust me, we don’t read magazines you don’t read. Nobody calls us up and gives us as inside information on politics. We know less than you do. If I watch TV, it’s Family Guy.”

Furthermore, Cooper believes rock “was built to go as far away from politics as you could get” and admits, “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.” Which is not to say he discounts the value of using one’s fame as a platform for furthering a worthy cause. But in his eyes, there’s a difference between working for politics and working for people.

“I think what Bono does and what Springsteen does, Sting and all the people that raise money for others – that’s humanitarian, and I’m all for that,” he explained. “But I don’t think that’s political.”

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