Billy Corgan Enjoys How Donald Trump Brings ‘Chaos Theory’ to Politics
Billy Corgan has never been soft-spoken about -- well, anything, but perhaps lest of all American politics (for example, he’s aired his doubts in the Obama administration and news media during his frequent appearances on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ radio show over the years). It was really only a matter of time before the Smashing Pumpkins leader graced us all with his thoughts on GOP presidential candidate and professional blowhard Donald Trump.
During a Q&A in Cincinnati last month (see below), Corgan -- who qualified he doesn’t necessarily “agree politically” with Trump -- praised the GOP frontrunner’s performance at the first debate and at large. Corgan suggested Trump’s absurdist approach to campaigning is somehow breaking down the American political system and engaging voters (via Alternative Nation):
I think what’s cool — and I’m not saying I agree politically — but I think what’s cool is Trump’s running chaos theory. He’s forcing a lot of things out into the open, so they can’t control this, whatever that control is. It’s like the music business: everybody gets controlled, and somebody comes along that f---s it all up. So I think it’s good that he’s f---ing 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. Just like rock and roll, it gets boring and it needs to be -- I mean look, whether anybody agrees or not, the rating on that debate was 24 million. It was 8 times higher than the first Republican debate of the last cycle. It was highest non-sports related cable rating of all time. That means people are engaged.
I would argue at this point is there any difference between politics and entertainment? Is there any difference at this point between music and entertainment? I don’t think there’s any difference any more.
Billy Corgan Q&A in Cincinnati