Sex Pistols star Johnny Rotten, who once said he “doesn’t like the idea” of single-parent or same-sex parents, has had yet another, er, idea: re-electing US president Donald Trump.
The British singer, whose screeching vocals once personified the anti-establishment of punk rock, is apparently all about keeping things just how they are, these days.
While Rotten, real name John Lydon, has previously backed Democratic candidates such as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, he told The Observer over video uplink that the Republican’s economic strategy has swayed him.
He said: “I’d be daft as a brush not to.
“He’s the only sensible choice now that [Joe Biden] is up – he’s incapable of being the man at the helm.”
Johnny Rotten waves MAGA hat as he says he’s voting for Donald Trump in upcoming election.
Lydon, the paper suggested, appeared to begin supporting Trump after the president was accused of racism.
“I’ve been accused of the very same thing,” he mused, “so I’m offended for anybody who’s called that.”
“Of course I’m anti-racism,” he added, before proclaiming that “all lives matter” in response to being asked about George Floyd and literally producing a MAGA cap when asked if he’s voting for Trump.
“I am,” he said, while dangling the hat in front of his webcam.
The 64-year-old, a heedless hard-line Brexiteer, became an American citizen in 2013. He previously championed Obama’s healthcare policies and even called those who supported Trump as “hateful and ignorant”, according to the Metro.co.uk.
Yet, over the years, his once blistering opposition to the real-estate mogul has softened. Earlier this year, Lydon – the man who once called for “Anarchy in the UK” – donned a MAGA hat.
His steady alignment with Trump, who has attacked queer Americans some 181 times through his policies, comes after he objected to same-sex couples raising children in 2005.
During an interview on the BBC’s Sunday morning religious show, The Heaven and Earth Show, he said: “I don’t like the idea of one-parent families. It’s very tough on the kids.
“They grow up missing something. I find the same with same-sex marriages; there is something missing.
“There is a point to male and female – and for a child to develop, it needs both those aspects.”