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What's Billy thinking, part five: Stop the chicken torture!

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Billy Corgan with Tila Tequila.
In the midst of his incredibly busy schedule of insulting his audience, auditioning replacements for drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, towing the Ticketmaster/Live Nation corporate line and being photographed with porn stars and C-list female semi-celebrities, erstwhile Smashing Pumpkins bandleader Billy Corgan has added his voice to one of the most important social issues of our time.

Yes, the Great Pumpkin has come out in ardent opposition to Kentucky Fried Chicken.

To quote the press release from PETA:

Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin have joined the growing list of compassionate musicians who have teamed up with peta2 -- the world's largest youth animal rights organization -- to stick it to the Colonel -- KFC's Colonel Sanders, that is. The perennial chart-toppers recently signed the group's petition to KFC at peta2.com, and they are asking their fans to do the same.

In the petition, Corgan and former drummer Chamberlin ask KFC to improve the lives of chickens who "suffer from extremely crowded conditions, crippling bone and joint problems resulting from top-heavy breeding, callous handling, inhumane slaughter techniques, and shortened life spans." The nearly 1 billion chickens who are slaughtered for KFC every year have their sensitive beaks cut off and are drugged and abused.

Smashing Pumpkins joins an ever-growing list of musicians-including The Black Eyed Peas, Fall Out Boy, Rise Against, and The Flaming Lips-who have teamed up with peta2 to speak out against KFC's suppliers' blatant abuse of chickens.

"Corgan and Chamberlain know that kids are fed up with the inhumane treatment of animals, and they're not going to stand for it anymore," says peta2 Assistant Director of Youth Campaigns Dan Shannon. "After all, if KFC executives treated people the way their suppliers treat chickens, they'd be languishing in prison for the rest of their lives."

For more information and to sign the petition, please visit peta2.com.

Hey, PETA: Mr. Chamberlin is not in the band anymore. And one could argue that certain members of Smashing Pumpkins have endured far worse tortures than the Colonel's chickens, but that's another story...

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I have always hated his footwear. He always wears the most bizarre and inappropriate shoes known to man...

Thanks Jim.

Y'know, in fairness, at least he's on the right side of an issue for once, unlike his total sell-out-itude with the Ticketmaster/Live Nation BS.

But if Billy's totally, 100% against treating animals humanely, I can only presume he raises livestock himself. That's the only way to be sure your meat is being treated right.

Well, I guess Tila Tequila can ensure that too...

Whoops! I meant "100% against treating animals inhumanely." Dumb-ass mistake...

I gotta agree with Brendan D, here. KFC is a terrible company that treats its chickens deplorably before slaughtering them. I'm glad, at least, that Billy Corgan is doing something worthwhile. No matter how annoying some celebrities are -- Pamela Anderson, for instance -- I'm always glad when they step up to support the humane treatment of animals.

I have to admit, that's some pretty outstanding journalism, chubs.

"And one could argue that certain members of Smashing Pumpkins have endured far worse tortures than the Colonel's chickens, but that's another story..."

i guess one could argue that. but one would be wrong, and an idiot. or just willfully ignorant.

Billy Corgan will obviously do anything and everything possible to get his name or likeness published, to convince himself and others that he's still viewed as a "rock star." In the past I've found some train wreck appeal to following his antics, but it's quickly become too sad and ugly to watch. His ongoing crusade for any and all attention has now made him an artist I don't want to hear from, musically or otherwise.I still enjoy listening to my old SP music, but will never again vote "yes" for his celebrity status by purchasing anything he creates ...

Jim, Jim, Jim. As you know from covering him, Billy is a complex person. Let's remember he is human and can make mistakes. The treatment of those chickens is disgraceful and unneeded. At least it is positive and you can't deny that. Are there other worthy causes, yes, but let's not nitpick. When you speak of "insulting his audience", I wonder if you attended any of the recent shows. I attended multiple shows, including one in your grand city of Chicago (I live in Dayton, OH), and I must say some of the fans need to be insulted. Their sense of entitlement is so ridiculous that they are willing to turn on their favorite artist if they don't hear the songs they want. There is not enough time, there are too many songs. Check out the recent performances on The Chris Isaak show. They were very good. I am excited for the future of Smashing Pumpkins, I know Billy's genius will shine on. Thanks.

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I attended multiple shows, including one in your grand city of Chicago (I live in Dayton, OH), and I must say some of the fans need to be insulted. Their sense of entitlement is so ridiculous that they are willing to turn on their favorite artist if they don't hear the songs they want.

I think you're a bit confused on the difference between a "fan" and a concert-goer. Fair enough, a lot of concert-goers deserve to be insulted when all they do is yell out for their favorite radio hits (this became increasingly irritating at some of Jeff Tweedy's acoustic shows, to the point that the shouters began to ruin the concerts for me). But no actual fan of the band is going "to turn on their favorite artist if they don't hear the songs they want." I've been to plenty of shows where I haven't heard my favorite songs; but I recognize that a great show is a great show regardless. The problem with the Pumpkins' recent outings is that the shows, from what I've seen, heard, and read, have not been up to snuff with the shows they put on during the first Pumpkins run. That's a critical assessment based on past performance, not the complaint of a bunch of drunken, whiny idiots pining to hear "Zero" for the eleventy-billionth time.

Check out the recent performances on The Chris Isaak show. They were very good.

Hey man, you're entitled to your own opinion (that's what makes this fun!), but if we watched the same program, I just don't see what you see. I mean, do you want to count that particularly dreadful rendition of "Nowhere Man" as "very good?"

I am excited for the future of Smashing Pumpkins, I know Billy's genius will shine on.

I don't really know what gives you that faith, but if you have it, bud, more power to you. I just don't see the same Billy genius that he once had. And I say that as one who loved every record from Pisces Iscariot through Machina II. I don't hear the Billy genius in anything off Zeitgeist or the G.L.O.W. single. I wish I did. But to me, it just all sounds bored and tired. Maybe I've moved on (though I doubt it, considering I still go back and listen to most every Pumpkins record, with the exception of Siamese Dream, which I still insist is ridiculously overrated); or maybe, just maybe, the new stuff just isn't as good. Hell, I'd argue that the neo-Pumpkins stuff isn't even as interesting as the Zwan record. But that's just one man's opinion. You're entitled to your own, and if you enjoy the insults, the pretension-cum-ego, and the sell-out hypocrisy that has become Billy Corgan -- or if you can at least tolerate it -- then have at it.

F--- Billy really?

WHAT THE F--- IS WRONG WITH YOU DUDE!

Whats next gonna hang out with some of the f---s from American Idol?


Your losing it Bill, Your losing us.

Bill your digging a bigger and bigger hole man.

F--- reality shows!

F--- Tila tequila !

F--- mainstream!

And all you people that think this is cute and s--- like that f--- you too.


The Pumpkins use to mean so much more.


THANKS Jim for this and saying it how it is!


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Jim - just wanted to point out that the release you quote states "In the petition, Corgan and former drummer Chamberlin ask KFC..."

PETA should go after Corgan for his callousness towards the Pumpkin fans who helped put him where he is today. De-beaking is way too good for him.

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