Anderson Cooper and Billy Corgan are having a feud … over cats. The celebrity catfight was prompted when the Smashing Pumpkins frontman posed on the cover of PAWS Chicago and in a commercial for a furniture store. The CNN anchor took exception, wondering if Corgan’s alt-rock status had been compromised. “So perhaps Billy Corgan is, I don’t know, off his alternative rocker. But I think maybe there’s more to this, maybe he’s being ironic, or maybe when the cool rock stars start doing less rock starry things, it kind of makes us face our own morality. See I want R.E.M. to stay just the way I know and love them, I don’t want ‘Everybody Hurts’ to suddenly be used in an Excedrin commercial. I don’t ever want to see a product called Eddie Vedder’s Prune Jam. I want to see neither Stephen Malkmus nor Thom Yorke on the cover of AARP,” Anderson said.
Corgan responded on Twitter, “@andersoncooper Sorry to disappoint, but when I’m not raising cain for a great organization like @PAWSchicago, I’m still making REAL music” Meow! And then came the right hook. “@andersoncooper I realize you’re too busy being a globalist shill to know the difference, but there are those of us who do as we like” Ooh, claws out! As Josh Kurp comments on the dispute in Uproxx, “There’s nothing ‘alternative’ about raising money for homeless animals and helping out local businesses, but it’s also lame for a guy who works at CNN to call out Corgan for not being PUNK RAWK enough.”