You see the man above? That's Billy Corgan, lead singer of Smashing Pumpkins, riding Thunder Mountain Road at Disneyland and having the absolute worst time. It is, until something else distracts me in the next three seconds, my favourite photo ever.
The picture of Billy somehow having the worst time at the Happiest Place on Earth first appeared a few days ago, devoid of any context. Why was he so sad? Did he drop his corndog? Maybe he soiled himself on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride? Perhaps Goofy touched him?
Happily, it was none of those things. But his actual reason is no less horrifying. After the photo surfaced, a reporter recalled something Billy had said about his recent trip to Disneyland at a press conference:
“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?"
I'm with Billy on this one. If you skip the chance to see It's a Small World to say hi to the man who wrote 'Disarm' then you really are miserable.