As some of you may have seen, I recently wrote an article about attending Corey Feldman's birthday party. Corey told me that I was only allowed to write about the party if he had final approval on my article. I was slightly disappointed that I wouldn't be able to go and just make fun of the thing, but agreed anyway because I felt that, no matter how I presented it, a post about Corey Feldman charging people $250 to attend a birthday party at his house could be nothing but hilarious.
The day after the party, I sent Corey the article (including the photos) and he said it was a "great article!" but he wasn't too happy with the pictures. In an email, he told me, "there's a bunch w the only old woman I allowed into the party."
However, after seeing a wider selection of images, Corey said, "Obviously it's your mag and U can do as U wish." So I ran it.
Unsurprisingly, once it was posted people made fun of him and the party. There is no possible spin you can put on a $250 per head birthday party thrown by a former child star in an unfurnished, beige McMansion in the suburbs, surrounded by women in their underwear and "happy 22nd birthday" signage, to make it seem anything other than utterly bleak and miserable.
When he realised people were making fun of him, Corey had a full-blown Twitter meltdown. He either tweeted or retweeted about me and the party roughly 500 times.
Despite many of the tweets containing untrue statements about me (and one with my personal phone number), I felt it was best to ignore them, because, honestly, I feel sort of bad for the guy. It must be hard to be in a place where your life is so grim that an honest representation of it can go viral because of how pathetic it is.
But then on Monday he sent out a press release accusing me of "bullying" him. The press release read, in part:
Last month, he released his new single Ascension Millennium on YouTube, which has received mixed reviews and controversy from the public and media. A personal birthday party he also hosted was met with strong criticism online; criticism Feldman strongly feels is cyber bullying.
“Unfortunately, we have grown into a society whose belief system holds to bring down rather than to build up. Bullying is present in schools, homes, professional environments and online (cyber bullying), and here is a case no different from just that. I can take criticism, but what people are saying online as of late is far beyond that,” said Feldman. It takes a lot of balls to put yourself out there in the hot seat, so I encourage everyone to not be afraid of what others will say or think. Move forward and ignore the haters,” he added.
Unsurprisingly, antibullying experts weren't too psyched about Corey using a serious issue to promote his new book/movie/album/party.
Speaking to Fox News, Dr Chuck Williams, a clinical professor at Drexel University and director of the Center for the Prevention of School-Aged Violence said, "This is horrible! I can’t believe that Corey would utilise such a serious issue to gain traction for his ‘comeback’. If this is what I think it is, Corey should be ashamed and every national bullying organisation should demand he apologise.” He added, “This could be what I call the ‘Miley Cyrus Effect’ – doing anything, no matter how pathetic, in order to get attention.”
And he's right. Piggybacking off a serious issue to promote himself and make people who are critical of him look bad is a pretty shitty thing to do.
In order to help Corey better understand what bullying looks like, let's take a look at how he reacted to my piece:
First, he sent out the above two tweets in which he explicitly accuses me of lying to him. Just to be clear, I did not lie to Corey at any point.
He's since deleted the tweets, presumably because they contained screencaps of emails from me, which quite clearly showed I had not lied to him.
He replaced this tweet with a more vague subtweet about me. Once again, he implied that I had lied (I still hadn't).
And also later sent out another tweet calling me a "low life liar".
He then retweeted Twitter user @diva_zura who, apparently, had also attended Corey's party. In her tweet, she accused me of hitting on her and a friend of hers. This is an especially odd accusation as I am gay. (Though, even if I weren't gay, I'm fairly certain I wouldn't be hitting on any of Corey's "angels".)
Having found a new angle he could use to make me look bad, Corey ran with it.
Here is a picture he posted of me (taken at the insistence of the woman in the photo) attempting to turn me into a meme. The implication being that I acted inappropriately toward the women at his party. Despite the fact that I AM GAY.
Here is a second attempt at turning me into a meme. I know it's probably hard for you to figure out what is being said here, as whoever made it doesn't know how to spell or use capital letters, but they are attempting to call me "Creepy McCreepintine" – once again implying that I was acting inappropriately toward the women at his party. Once again, I am still gay.
After retweeting a few more people claiming that I was acting inappropriately toward women at his party, someone tweeted at Corey and told him that I am gay. So Corey moved on to saying that I was attracted to him (the "them" he refers to in this tweet are the Corey's Angels). Just to be clear, I am not attracted to Corey Feldman. He looks like what I imagine Courteney Cox's ghost will look like.
Corey also claimed that he had video footage of me "harassing" him. As I only spoke to Corey briefly, I assume this video footage is another lie.
Then a woman named Bambi LeFist who lives with Corey in the "Feldmansion" tweeted a picture of two people who seem to be disabled. Hilariously, she said that the picture was of me and the friend I attended the party with. LOL! Corey retweeted it.
Corey then moved on to claiming I intentionally took unflattering pictures of his guests, as well as staged and manipulated photos. Again, none of the things he's saying are true.
He also claimed that I arrived at the party early to take photos that intentionally made it look bad. I arrived at the party one hour after it started.
Then a week or so passed, and I figured Corey had forgotten it and moved on with his life. After all, in his press release he urged people to "not be afraid of what others will say or think. Move forward and ignore the haters."
But then he started tweeting out links to a blog post that he asked a friend of his to write about the party. In the post, the writer claims that I asked her "where the drugs were at this particular soiree." Which, again, is not something that actually happened.
And then, finally, he issued the press release accusing me of being a bully.
So, to clarify, Corey has falsely accused me of lying, tweeted out my personal phone number, retweeted hundreds of negative comments about me, indirectly accused me of trying to buy drugs in his house, implied I sexually harassed his female friends, implied I sexually harassed him, and then, without any hint of irony, accused me of being a bully.
Great job, Corey.
Previously - I Went to Corey Feldman's Birthday Party
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