When Corey Feldman performed his new single, "Go 4 It" on the Today Show, he wasn't expecting the eruption of criticism his performance brought. In a Facebook Live post (which has now been deleted) Feldman emotionally confessed that he was distraught about the "bashing" he and his band of women he requires to wear angel-themed lingerie at all times, The Angels, received on social media:
"We can't get out of bed right now. 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."
All of that has probably got you wondering just what the heck was going on in that performance, so here's the video footage. Make up your mind for yourself whether Corey Feldman was right to Go 4 It:
The '80s child actor, best known for roles in The Goonies and The Lost Boys, was almost unrecognizable on the show, as he threw some unconventional dance moves to promote his new album, Angelic 2 The Core. He spoke passionately about his angels, telling the Today hosts:
"I know that angels have probably saved me once or twice in my life and I like helping them, as well. That’s why I created Corey’s Angels as a way to help girls who are kind of lost and needed to find their way to get their opportunities, their dreams, and make them realities."
In a black, skintight, hooded outfit, Corey frenetically danced around his band of half-naked women in Party City angel costumes like a goth Hugh Hefner.
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This is not the first time that Corey Feldman has publicly expressed his distress at his representation in the media. A fascinating Vice article about Corey Feldman's birthday party — where women partied for free (as long as they wore only lingerie) and men paid $250 to attend — drew furious accusations of "slander" from Feldman, despite officially signing off on the article himself.
Clearly shaken by the reaction to his "Go 4 It" performance, Corey continued in his Facebook Live post:
"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."
Corey Feldman has since been flooded with fans giving messages of encouragement, and urging Corey to wear those insults as a badge of pride, with kind messages like "Stay weird" and "fly that freak flag" plastering his Twitter wall.
Is negative feedback simply an unavoidable part of fame or is it nasty, old fashioned bullying that should be stamped out? Sound off in the comments!