Corey Feldman was literally crying when he spoke out against the negative reaction he received for his Today show performance on Friday, Sept. 16.
In a now-deleted Facebook Live video, the 45-year-old actor said that he hasn’t been able to get out of bed and face the world after he performed his new song “Go 4 It” on the NBC morning talk show, reported Us Weekly. Viewers then took to various social media outlets to mock his appearance and question the performance itself. Feldman was apparently very serious about his performance and didn’t like becoming a subject of mockery on the internet.
“We just wanted to tell everybody that, like, it’s been really painful,” Feldman said on Facebook on Saturday, Sept. 17, 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.”
“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,” he added.
Both Feldman and his partner, Courtney Anne, who is also one of his Corey’s Angels bandmates, said they read some of the negative reaction online after doing a Google search. The ’80s star cried and said that “every media” said, “It’s so bizarre, and he’s so weird, and he’s so odd.” Feldman felt that this particular performance didn’t deserve the backlash and buzz that it generated.
“It was a song, OK? It wasn’t that weird,” he sobbed as he argued. “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?”
Now, Feldman has learned that he has a fear of going out in public ever again after nearly everyone mocked him.
“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.”
On the morning show, the Gremlins actor performed a song from his fifth album, Angelic 2 the Core, which he described as “good versus evil, heaven versus hell,” kind of record, reports Entertainment Weekly. He stood on stage in an all-black, hooded ensemble, which he later removed and gave a now epic performance, complete with bizarre dance moves. Feldman’s Angels stood behind him as they played on their instruments dressed up as literal angels.
Feldman looked like he was the one who was losing his mind on national TV. But, it was the viewers who were losing their minds over his strange performance, notes Uproxx. After Feldman became a teen heartthrob in the ’80s, he tried to put out a few albums in the ’90s and early 2000s, but with little success. Feldman wanted to make a musical comeback, so he collaborated with Snoop Dogg on his new song.
The only one who has supported Feldman’s performance was his Stand By Me co-star Jerry O’Connell, reported by Us Weekly. He took to Twitter to congratulate Feldman on Friday, Sept. 16, shortly after his appearance.
“Proud of you @Corey_Feldman,” Connell, 42, simply tweeted, lending his support to the now-publicly scorned actor.
Feldman then took to Twitter to acknowledge the reaction he got from viewers. “OH WELL! I GUESS THE ANGELS N I DID R JOBS #GO4IT,” he tweeted, along with a link to one of the articles about his performance.
NBC has not yet released the full video footage of the performance except on their website. For now, you can watch the clip that surfaced on YouTube, including one titled “Corey Feldman Today Show LOL.”
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