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The Smashing Pumpkins Frontman Billy Corgan: ‘What The F— Do You Want From Me?’

Edward VKanty - Author

Aug. 3 2018, Updated 9:26 a.m. ET

When Billy Corgan, the lead singer for The Smashing Pumpkins, goes to Disneyland (and looks worse than Grumpy the Dwarf), people tend to notice, and they tend to snap pictures to share with their friends and with the rest of the world. It wasn’t long before the pictures of Corgan went viral, inspiring questions and criticisms that would eventually be posed to Billy during an online Q&A session.

The pictures were taken while Corgan was riding the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride in Frontierland on Thursday, July 23.

Apparently, Billy was criticized during his vacation to Disneyland as well, because, as can be seen in the first portion of Corgan’s response, inquiries into his emotional state are really off limits.

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“I literally had somebody say to me the other day, I think it was at Disneyland: ‘Hey, you don’t seem that into this.’ I was like, ‘I’m at f—ing Disneyland. I just want to hang out at Disneyland. I’m not here to do a meet and greet, I’m here to be at Disneyland.’ You know what I’m saying? But it’s almost like, ‘Well you’re here, and I’m here, and because I’m on my vacation, your vacation, you’re part of my vacation.’ It’s like, I’m not working, and I wasn’t being unpleasant, I wasn’t being rude. I was taking pictures with people, I took a picture with every person that asked. But then it gets into, what’s in your head? Like, you’re not smiling enough, or you don’t seem to be enjoying – and I’m like, what the f— do you want from me?”

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Billy Corgan went on to address the issue many celebrities face anytime they attend public events or try to interact in a public setting. Mr. Corgan responded to the questions with the same manner that many celebrities might adopt, when being subjected to similar criticisms.

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“That’s when it gets like, are you paying me? On whose dime are we on here? Because we have so much celebrity culture that is servile, ‘I’ll say whatever you want. I’ll make sure I take just the right selfie so I look better than I really look.’ I don’t want any part in that, that’s not interesting. So if that means one person has to walk away and go, ‘He’s doesn’t seem like he’s in a good mood,’ and they never go to a show again, I mean, they’re not really a fan, so that’s just the way it goes.”

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