Ok…this is actually kind of messed up. On Friday September 16th, former ’80s child star Corey Feldman went on Today to debut his single, “Go 4 It.” As a longtime member of the Hollywood community, the actor and musician has had his fair share of struggles, however, he’s worked hard to bounce back and continue to follow his passions.
Having the opportunity to perform on a major morning news program was a big deal and it’s obvious the Goonies actor gave it his all, even acknowledging he was heavily influenced by his good friend, the late Michael Jackson. I watched the performance and was amazed that at 45, Corey was reinventing himself, poured everything into this new musical venture and, in my humble opinion, had some pretty sweet dance moves.
Unfortunately, not everyone had my reaction. Every media outlet seemed to have something negative to say, calling it “bizarre,” “weird” and “odd.” Corey was shocked to hear his performance went viral for all the wrong reasons, and felt compelled to express his feelings in a now deleted Facebook video.
“We just wanted to tell everybody that, like, it’s been really painful,” he said according to People. “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.”
It honestly breaks my heart to know that people think they’re so awesome that they can cut down someone who was being nothing but genuine, committed, and excited to share something they worked hard to bring to fruition. As Corey tearfully put it, “It was a song, OK? It wasn’t that weird. I’m sorry if that’s not good enough for you, but you don’t have to beat us up. Why is it OK to publicly shame us? … It’s, like, not [politically correct] 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 OK to bash Corey Feldman and the Angels?”
I’m #TeamCorey and hope, regardless if you like him or his music, will try to give him some applause for taking the risk to “Go 4 It.”
And ICYMI, you can check out Corey’s awesome performance below.0