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Watch Corey Feldman ‘Take a Stand’ on Wild ‘Today Show’ Return

Former child star addresses critics of previous viral performance in earnest open letter

Corey Feldman and his angel band returned to the Today Show Thursday for a ridiculous performance of his new song, “Take a Stand.”

With a white and gold hood covering his head, the former child star barreled through his righteous peace anthem, a combination of piano ballad, dance-pop track and protest cry. Feldman presided over the track with an equally scattershot vocal performance – crooning one moment, growling the next – and absolute abandon, inevitably throwing off his hood, unzipping his jacket and unfurling both his hair and a tiny American flag.

Prior to the performance, Feldman spoke about “Take a Stand,” saying, “This song is for America! We’re at a time right now when the world needs to focus really on peace and love and tolerance, especially with all the bullying. So this is about the government, the race, the United States.”

Feldman also talked about his viral Today debut in September when he performed his single, “Go 4 It.” While the performance was met with plenty of hate and sarcasm online, Feldman told Tamron Hall he received an outpouring of support from Pink, Kesha, Miley Cyrus and Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris. 

Feldman addressed the reactions to his “Go 4 It” performance further in an open letter that began with the incredible declaration: “I, artist! As an artist, I bare my heart and soul for my love of creating art. Art is, after all, a form of personal self-expression. Through my art, I express my tears, my joy, my pain, my sorrows. I spread love with my messages of hope for tomorrow.”

Feldman went on to discuss his desire to take risks and the difficulties of doing everything right in his mind, but still reading “comments that would tear a hole through any commoners’ hearts.” He added, “As an artist, I simply do all that I can to bring a bit of joy and entertainment for my fellow man. I’m no better than you; I’m no less of a man. But I’m a flawed, fearless artist, presenting a band. My hope is you will see me, hear and feel me, and one day understand, that underneath the art, I’m simply a man.”


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