Former child star Corey Feldman has spoken out after his musical performance on US TV’s Today Show went viral last week.
Feldman – famous for his roles in ’80s films The Goonies, Stand by Me and The Lost Boys – played his song ‘Go 4 It’ with his band Corey’s Angels, a performance that some deemed bizarre.
People reports that in a now-deleted Facebook Live video, Feldman broke down in tears while addressing the backlash to the performance.
“We just wanted to tell everybody that, like, it’s been really painful,” Feldman reportedly said. “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.”
Feldman went on to add: “It was a song, okay? It wasn’t that weird. I’m sorry if it’s not good enough for you, but you don’t have to beat us up. I just want to say that, like, why is it okay to, like, publicly shame us?… I don’t understand… It’s, like, not PC 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 okay to bash Corey Feldman and the Angels.”
“We can’t get out of bed right now,” he revealed. “We’re petrified to even go out… And I’m sorry, but we just wanted the world to know, like, 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 okay, it’s not acceptable to call us freaks, weirdos, losers, whatever.”
Feldman’s bandmate Anne also appeared in the video, expressing concern for the star’s well-being: “He was really down last night, just so you guys know. And, like, I don’t even know what to do or to say because I thought the performance was good and I was, like, excited about it.”
Watch footage from Feldman’s Today Show performance above.