Smashing Pumpkins lead singer Billy Corgan dismissed his recent row with CNN host Anderson Cooper on Friday, telling conservative radio host Alex Jones that he was targeted because of his beliefs.
“That crowd really thinks they can sort of flick us off their shoulder any time they want,” Corgan said. “What they don’t realize is that people like you and me, we’re just symbols of a much greater conversation. They don’t understand that a vast part of our country is waking up.”
The feud began when Cooper made fun of Corgan on his “Ridiculist” segment last month, saying he might be “off his alternative rocker” for appearing on a magazine cover for the pet rescue group PAWS Chicago. Corgan, who smilingly posed for the cover with two cats, has done fundraising work for the organization.
But both Jones and Corgan argued that Cooper and “assassins” like him target artists working “outside the system” by sniping at them whenever they have a new project.
“Artists in many ways are some of the most dangerous people in the world because we have that street credibility to go out and sing some gospel,” Corgan said. “That’s what makes me dangerous.”
Corgan cited former Beatle John Lennon as an example, citing his surveillance by the CIA in 1971, but Jones took the argument further.
“I’ve talked to the highest-level people, and been told stuff about what really went on, and then what happened to them afterwards” Jones told Corgan. “I can tell you, the FBI and the CIA killed John Lennon. And then they went on a campaign to cover up what they did with their patsy, and that’s why, when we talk about this, folks, it’s very dangerous.”
Watch the discussion, as posted online on Friday, below.