July 29, 2015


Billy Corgan on Mopey Viral Pic: "I Just Want to Hang Out at Disneyland"

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Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Some background: Billy Corgan went to Disneyland. Someone took a picture of Billy Corgan at Disneyland. Billy Corgan did not look like he was having fun at Disneyland. Fans, the majority of whom were probably not at Disneyland, reacted.

And now the Smashing Pumpkins frontman has something to say, not so much about the photo but his trip as a whole. The gist? It's his vacation and he'll mope if he wants to.

Alternative Nation reports that Corgan said at a recent fan Q&A:

“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 fucking 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 fuck do you want from me?"

Magnificently, it went:

"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.”

Now you know: Billy Corgan will take a picture with you at Disneyland, but don't necessarily expect him to be having one of those zip-a-dee-doo-dah days. Watch the whole exchange at around 8:40 in this video.