Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has responded to the viral photograph taken during his trip to Disneyland, California earlier this month (July 9).
The photograph shows Corgan sat inside a cart on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad looking upset and uneasy. The photograph went viral earlier this week (July 27).
The reason for his reaction has now been revealed as the result of continual bombardment from fans during his visit to the park.
— Esquire (@esquire) July 25, 2015
As reported by Alternative Nation, Corgan posted a VIP Q&A with his fans where he recounted the day’s events:
“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?
“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.”
Corgan was recently upset by another fan, who asked the Smashing Pumpkings frontman whether he believed Courtney Love was behind the death of her late husband and Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.
Corgan is rumoured to have dated Love following Cobain’s death. The singer was quizzed about murder conspiracy theories at a recent Q&A session with fans in Morrison, Colorado.
During the event, a fan asked if he thought Love “killed Kurt”, followed by laughter from the audience.
Corgan replied: “Are you legitimately asking me this question here? What does that have to do with me?” He then refused to answer the question. Watch the incident here.