Billy Corgan Discusses Meme-Worthy Disneyland Trip: "What the Fuck Do You Want from Me?"
Published Jul 29, 2015Remember that grumpy Jack White photo from last year? Well, this week, Smashing Pumpkins star Billy Corgan has been the subject of a similar meme, since he was snapped looking rather glum on a ride at Disneyland. We can now get Corgan's thoughts on his unhappy visit to the Happiest Place on Earth thanks to a quote uncovered by Alternative Nation.
The photo in question was taken on July 8 (although it didn't go viral until last week). Corgan spoke about his Disneyland vacation during a Q&A session with fans on July 13 in Morrison, CO.
Apparently, a fan at the amusement park asked him why he didn't appear to be having more fun. This led to Corgan rightly pointing out that he wasn't on the clock, and while he did oblige people who asked for photos, he didn't owe it to anyone to act in a certain way. He noted that celebrity culture is "servile" and asked, "What the fuck do you want from me?"
Read Corgan's full response below. Scroll past that to watch Corgan talk about Disneyland during the Q&A in question (the relevant quote stars at the 8:43 mark).
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? Whose dime are we on here? Because we have so much celebrity culture that is servile, 'Whatever you want. 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, it'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.