Happiest place on Earth: Billy Corgan recounts Disneyland trip: “I’m like, what the fuck do you want from me?”

Billy Corgan recounts Disneyland trip: “I’m like, what the fuck do you want from me?”

Smashing Pumpkins frontman didn’t seem to be enjoying himself on a big day out.

If you spent more than five minutes online last weekend, chances are you’ll have seen photos of Billy Corgan at Disneyland.

Unimpressed, going nowhere but towards the ‘fun zone’, nothing sums up infinite sadness like the shots of Corgan riding his way through the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

On the one hand, the photos ask so many questions - Why is Billy at Disneyland? Where is he going? What is the meaning of life, really, after looking at this? - they also provide answers. Everything is upsetting.

In a recent Q&A with fans, Corgan didn’t directly address the photographs themselves, but he did speak about his Big Day Out in the Land Of Happiness. As Alternative Nation reports, he said the following:

“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.”

Hold on, Billy. Keep on riding.

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