Rule of thumb: Skulking onstage to hobgoblin around in a snakeskin hood in front of an entire bitchy country is bound to get you attention.
Just don’t expect people to hurdle long-stemmed roses in your direction — particularly if your performance is so unintentionally hilarious that it’s practically life-affirming.
But Corey Feldman was visibly upset during a now-deleted Facebook Live post he published over the weekend, in which he railed against an unfeeling Internet for misunderstanding his Today Show performance last Friday. (You can watch segments from the deleted post here, via Complex.)
“We just wanted to tell everybody that, like, it’s been really painful,” said the 45-year-old Feldman, sitting next to one of his “Corey’s Angels,” a certain Courtney Anne. “We put ourselves out there and we did the best we could. And, like, I’ve never had such mean things said about me. Like constantly.”
Then he began to sob. “All we can say is that we tried really hard. Because we love our fans and we just wanted to give them the best show that we could. But we don’t deserve … these things that are said about us are awful.”
It was a song, okay? It wasn’t that weird. I’m sorry if it’s not good enough for you, but you don’t have to beat us up. I just want to say that, like, why is it okay to, like, publicly shame us? … I don’t understand … It’s, like, not PC to, like, say somebody is fat or somebody is white or somebody is black or somebody is yellow or green or if they have a short leg or if they have a missing finger. Like we can’t talk about these things. But it’s okay to bash Corey Feldman and the Angels.
He’s mistaken. It’s perfectly acceptable to make fun of people with short legs.
On Tuesday, Feldman made a comparably low-key appearance on The View, where he wore a casual Jawa cloak and gabbed with Sara Gilbert about having the guts to perform on television while the rest of us sit at home and gutlessly make fun of him.
Curiously, when asked why he decided to take down the live Facebook post, he responded thus:
I took it down because I wanted people to see the real emotion that I was feeling because I think that, you know, in today’s world of celebrity, people always kind of hide behind their publicists, they hide behind their masks, they hide behind statements and quotes, and you never really see how it affects somebody’s emotions. I wanted people to see I’m not a fake, I’m not a real person, and this affects me: I am made of blood and flesh and cry.”
This explanation — as to why he bravely took down the emotional Facebook post — was met with wild applause on The Talk.
You can watch the weirdness unfurl below.
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Elsewhere, Feldman suggests he was invited back to NBC “for an encore” performance, according to Entertainment Weekly. Keep in mind he has a double CD’s worth of material to choose from.
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