4 September, 2015 - RollingStone.com
Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan may not agree with Donald Trump's political agenda, but he does credit the Republican frontrunner with bringing a level of entertainment and uncertainty to what's usually a monotonous road to Election Day.
During a Q&A with fans before a Cincinnati concert earlier this month, Corgan was asked what he thought about the first Republican debate, at which point the rocker lauded the mogul's ability to take the political spectrum and "fuck it up." "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," Corgan said (via Alternative Nation).
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"He's forcing a lot of things out into the open, so they can't control this, whatever that control is," Corgan continued. "It's like the music business: everybody gets controlled, and somebody comes along that fucks it all up. So 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."
Corgan then admitted that politics, like rock and roll, can become stagnant, but Trump, who is more celebrity than politician, has livened up the election process. "Whether anybody agrees or not, the rating on that debate was 24 million. It was eight 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," Corgan added. "I would argue at this point is there any difference between politics and entertainment?"
If Corgan plays his cards right, he might emerge as a vice presidential favorite on Kanye West's 2016 campaign.
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