Not the reaction he was expecting. Corey Feldman was in tears as he spoke out against critics after his Today show performance went viral Friday, September 16. Watch the moment everyone is talking about in the clip above.
In a since-deleted Facebook Live video, the Gremlins actor, 45, revealed that he hasn’t been able to get out of bed since he performed “Go 4 It” on the NBC morning talk show Friday morning, after viewers questioned his appearance and the performance itself.
“We just wanted to tell everybody that, like, it’s been really painful,” Feldman said on Facebook on Saturday, September 17, while sitting with pal Courtney Anne (one of his Corey’s bandmates), according to People. “We put ourselves out there and we did the best that we could. And, like, I’ve never had such mean things said about me — like, constantly.”
In tears, the ’80s star continued, “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.”
Feldman and Anne then explained that they caught wind of the negative reaction after a quick Google search, in which the Stand By Me actor discovered that “every media” wrote, “‘It’s so bizarre, and he’s so weird, and he’s so odd.’”
“It was a song, OK? It wasn’t that weird,” he continued. “I’m sorry if that’s not good enough for you, but you don’t have to beat us up. … Why is it OK to publicly shame us? … It’s, like, not [politically correct] 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 OK to bash Corey Feldman and the Angels?”
The Lost Boys star added, “We can’t get out of bed right now. We’re petrified to even go out. … We’re really freaked out over this and it’s really not fair. … Public shaming should not be accepted, no matter who you are. It doesn’t matter if they’re a celebrity or not. We deserve love, and we deserve, like, normal life. …. It’s not OK. It’s not acceptable to call us freaks, weirdos, losers, whatever.”
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