BillCo is back! After a few days without Smashing Pumpkins/Billy Corgan stories, we have one! Here is a quote from Stereo IQ‘s new interview with Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan. This is in response to a question regarding people getting pissed off at Lana Del Ray for using a Great Gatsby aesthetic, and finding out that it’s not the real her.
“Rather than celebrate the person’s ability to even pull it off, everyone gets obsessed with “well it wasn’t what i thought it was.” You know, you got fake gangsters running around. You got fake kids with full sleeve tattoos who look like they’re drug addicts but they couldn’t find their way out of a heroin den if you shot them.
It’s really funny, we’re a culture that celebrates the image if it’s upheld, but we actually don’t want to know what’s behind the image. We actually don’t want to know there’s a person, and of course now theres a whole business setup that actually celebrates the disintegration of the celebrity model, because there’s money to be made on, you know, “Kim Kardashian fell over today, ha ha ha.”
We lose sight that these are real people with their own pathology. When I was on Piers Morgan, he asked me a question about Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton. I said that I celebrate them for having creating their own business model and empowering themselves. They are who they say they are. They’re not trying to pretend. It’s all the people in my musical culture that act like they have all this integrity and then behind the scenes I hear about all these shitty business deal they’re doing. That’s the gross part about rock ‘n’ roll, all these posers that run around. I’m a lifer, you know — I’m in it for better for or for worse.”