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The social media backlash after Corey Feldman’s performance on NBC’s Today Show Friday was so severe that the 45-year-old former child star posted a video on Facebook in which he sobs and asks his detractors how they can be so “mean."

The video, since deleted, shows Feldman and Courtney Anne, his girlfriend and bandmate, addressing his tormentors.  “We just wanted to tell everybody that, like, it’s been really painful,” Feldman said in the eight-minute video, which can no longer be seen on Facebook or YouTube. “We put ourselves out there and we did the best that we could. And, like, I’ve never had such mean things said about me.”

Feldman — known for his films "Stand by Me" and "The Lost Boys" — sobs in the video, claiming “we are petrified to go out” and calls his detractors “bullies.” Feldman defended his performance, saying: "All we can say is that we tried really hard,” he said.

“But we don’t deserve...these things that are said about us are awful.”

Go 4 It

Feldman and his band performed the song "Go 4 It" on the Today Show to promote his fifth album, "Angelic 2 the Core." For the performance, Feldman wore a black hoodie and his band, the Angels, were dressed as angels. It also featured rapper Doc Ice.

In the Facebook video, Feldman addressed his critics directly. “It was a song, okay? It wasn’t that weird,” he said. “I’m sorry if it’s not good enough for you, but you don’t have to beat us up. I just want to say that, like, why is it okay to, like, publicly shame us?”

Backlash

Most of the backlash concentrated on Feldman’s Michael Jackson-inspired dance moves. Feldman knew Jackson, and has said in interviews that he considers him an inspiration. Typical of the comments was actor Alex Skuby’s post on Twitter: “If Michael Jackson was white, couldn’t dance, couldn’t sing and smoked heroin, he’d be Corey Feldman.

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I think.” Even established media got in on the act, with the Daily Beast posting: “Watch Corey Feldman ‘Go 4 It’ in insane Today Show performance (It’s totally nuts).”

Others, like actor Jennifer Delora, questioned NBC’s judgment in her post: “just WHY? Good Lord why give him any tv time he’s horrible & delusional. #notalent.” Others questioned NBC’s motives, claiming that they must have realized Feldman’s performance would go viral.

Sexual abuse

The incident comes at a difficult time for Feldman, who has admitted to problems with drugs, alcohol and sexual abuse. In May, he gave a long interview to The Hollywood Reporter about the abuse he and other child actors of his era suffered. He claimed “we were passed back and forth” between abusers and said that his friend and frequent co-star Corey Haim was raped by a producer on a movie set when he was just 11. Haim died in 2010 at age 38 after a long struggle with drug abuse. On Monday, Radar Online reported that they had learned the identity of the “superstar sexual predator” who was the “kingpin of a child sex ring” that they say victimized Haim, Feldman and others.

This is not the first time Feldman has been publicly mocked. In 1992, Feldman performed his song “What’s Up with the Youth” on the Howard Stern show, which drew a great deal of mockery on YouTube. And in 2014, Cracked produced a video called “A Moment by Moment Breakdown of the Worst Music Video Ever,” which dissects Feldman’s video for his song “Ascension Millennium.” In the Cracked video, Dan O’Brien refers to Feldman as “the squeakiest of farts.”

Support

Some celebrities have come to Feldman’s defense. Pink posted “Well I love ya @Corey_Feldman and I know how much it takes to get up there and do your thing. Keep your head up and know that you’re loved” on Twitter. Feldman’s own Twitter account has retweeted dozens of positive messages, although some seem to be more sarcastic than supportive. Not long after Pink’s post appeared, Feldman’s original Facebook video was replaced by one in which he and Anne thanked their fans for sticking by them.