Here’s rock-star Alice Cooper’s case for his fellow entertainers to steer clear of politics — or, more accurately, for the rest of us to discount what Pretty and Popular People say about political issues of the day. When asked about the political activism of the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Sheryl Crow, Cooper opined:
To me, that’s treason. I call it treason against rock ‘n’ roll because rock is the antithesis of politics. Rock should never be in bed with politics,” says the 56-year-old Cooper, who begins a 15-city Canadian tour on Aug. 20 in Thunder Bay, Ont.
“When I was a kid and my parents started talking about politics, I’d run to my room and put on the Rolling Stones as loud as I could. So when I see all these rock stars up there talking politics, it makes me sick.
“If you’re listening to a rock star in order to get your information on who to vote for, you’re a bigger moron than they are. Why are we rock stars? Because we’re morons. We sleep all day, we play music at night and very rarely do we sit around reading the Washington Journal.
I agree with Mr. Cooper. Not because I support Bush (I don’t), but because I’m distressed by the all-too-frequent foolishness of the pronouncements about economics and political matters made by entertainers who venture into political commentary.