Billy Corgan Says Kanye West Nearly Crashing Beck’s Acceptance Speech Was ‘Inappropriate’
Though the Smashing Pumpkins frontman says he admires Kanye West as an artist and believes the rapper was genuinely speaking his mind when he almost crashed Beck's acceptance speech for Album of the Year, the singer-songwriter argues West’s behavior was “inappropriate”:
I think it’s inappropriate for any artist to take somebody else’s moment and make it their own … In that particular moment you’re basically saying that everything that Beck’s done to be in that position is negated because in your own mind it’s not relevant to you, or your own thing. I didn’t think that’s the moment to do it. Maybe afterwards you can say that, you can put it in your own blog. But to jump on stage and steal that moment, to re-appropriate it in your own way I think is inappropriate. I will add — and I mean this in all seriousness — the problem with the social media era is the Grammys will be rewarded for bad behavior and so by extension will Kanye … It really should be a celebration of accomplishment and it becomes another version of high school.
He even went so far as to say that if he were in Beck’s shoes, he’d have thrown some punches.
"I’ve been on that podium too, and if someone got up on my stage I’d knock them out," Corgan said. "I don’t care who it is, I would’ve knocked them out … that’s my stage. I earned the right to be on the stage at that moment. That was Beck’s moment."
Of course, when asked who’d win in a fight, Corgan voted for West’s wife, Kim Kardashian, saying, “Between Kanye and I would be a stand-off, but Kim would take me down.”
Corgan also expressed his feeling that music as a whole is heading in the wrong direction, saying it's being reduced to a form of "pornography."
“You have young women sexualizing themselves earlier and earlier in really inappropriate ways to gain attention because it’s really all about getting YouTube hits,” the singer added.
What’s more, Corgan doesn’t believe rock musicians are doing their part in preventing the deterioration of the industry:
I just think [rock ‘n’ roll] needs to be more aggressive in taking on pop music. Particularly in America there’s a very cozy relationship between rock stars and pop stars -- and I don’t think that’s a good relationship. Everybody belongs on their own side of the street for a good reason. By definition a rock star is supposed to be an independent individual who pursues a vision to an end – an Axl Rose, an Elton John. And a pop star is supposed to do whatever they can do to pray at some horrible idol of fame which is ubiquitous and fleeting. And that contradiction to me is why everyone should stay on their own side of the street.
Someone Corgan thinks would’ve been up to the task of preserving rock's legacy? Kurt Cobain.
“I think Kurt had an incredible level of integrity and I often say that he would know what to do with the pop miasma we’re dealing with right now," he said.
Corgan wrapped up the interview by predicting how his appearance would be interpreted in the media, saying, “I can see the headline now, ‘If Kanye got on stage I would knock him out.’”
“I love Kanye, he’s a great artist, but 90-percent of people will just read that headline and I will start getting hate-tweets from Kanye fans saying, ‘How dare you,’ ‘I’ll knock you out,’ blah, blah, blah," he continued, then perfectly summing up his entire worldview: "It’s a dumb world.”
Watch the complete interview in the video below: