A fan-shot video has emerged showing Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan speaking at a Q&A in Cincinnati on August 8, during which he talks about his appreciation for the way Donald Trump has added an element of “chaos theory” to the American election campaigns.
Corgan believes Trump’s campaign has added an entertainment factor to the election, though he doesn’t appear to support the businessman’s bid.
“What I think is cool is Trump’s running chaos theory. He’s forcing a lot of things out in the open,” Corgan says, “so they can’t control this, whatever that control is, you know?”
“It’s like the music business,” he continues, “everybody gets controlled, and somebody comes along who fucks it all up. I think it’s good that he’s fucking it up, because whether or not he’s the guy, obviously the political class doesn’t want him there. It’ll open it up to a bigger dialogue.”
“It’s just like rock’n’roll. It gets boring, and it needs to be… You know what? Whether you agree or not, the viewers for that debate were 24 million. It was eight times higher than the first Republican debate of the last cycle. That means people are engaged.”
“I would argue at this point, is there any difference between politics and entertainment?” Coogan asks. “I don’t think there’s any difference any more. We get what we pay for, when we hashtag stuff that doesn’t matter, right?”
“I’m an animal rights person, and I felt horrible when I saw what happened with the lion [Cecil], and like everyone else you have a human reaction, right? The lion’s in a reserve, why’s it getting fucking shot? What the fuck? But when you think of all the children that die around the world every day, I wish we had the same emotional response to other things. We have a disproportionate emotional response to things.”
Coogan was speaking two days after the Fox News Republican party presidential debate, which took place on August 6. Smashing Pumpkins have been back on tour recently, with the Cincinnati date on August 8 the second last of an extended American tour that finished in mid August.