So now everyone hates Anderson Cooper because he made a comment about Billy Corgan “selling out”…only he didn’t. All Cooper did was make a comment about how rockstars seem to be doing un-rockstar-like things, and how this ruins the rock-star “image”. All of these sensationalized articles will have you thinking that Cooper was insulting Corgan’s music, and mocking him for promoting his charity, because it makes you want to read the article. Any time one of these stupid things comes out, I search for the actual interview or quote of what the person being attacked said.
Remember a few months ago when Gary Oldman was mercilessly attacked for being racist, or a homophobe, or something like that? Well, read the actual article. He wasn’t being hateful at all, and was in fact commenting on how much he hated that whole over-sensitive, hate-breeding environment. Never trust a paraphrase.
What did Cooper actually say? Well here it is:
“So perhaps Billy Corgan is I don’t know, off his alternative rocker, but I think maybe there’s more to this. Maybe he’s being ironic, or maybe when the cool rock stars start doing less rock starry things, it kind of makes us face our own mortality. See I want R.E.M. to stay just the way I know and love them, I don’t want ‘Everybody Hurts’ to suddenly be used in an Excedrin commercial. I don’t ever want to see a product called Eddie Vedder’s Prune Jam. I want to see neither Stephen Malkmus nor Thom Yorke on the cover of AARP Magazine.”
All Corgan needed to say, was that he posed with his cats to promote his charity. He could have been polite about it, but instead he made “Fuck You Anderson Cooper” tee-shirts. He’s fostering hate for a man that made a simple, arguably in-offensive comment. Now everyone is raving about how cool Corgan is for doing this. They want to buy the “Fuck You” tee-shirts, but let me ask you this: Which is worse? Making an innocent comment about rock-star image, or publicly slandering someone and encouraging people to hate him and ridicule him for no good reason at all?