Trek NG star bashes Backstreet Boys
06:00AM PST antiGUY
Wil Wheaton best known for his role as Wesley
Crusher in the Star Trek Next Generation television series had some strong
words for the Backstreet Boys in a recent interview.
The Treker criticized the boy pop band
for their refusal to meet with a little girl with leukemia during a concert
last November. (See:
Backstreet Boys smash dying girls' dream.)
Here are some excerpts of the Wil Wheaton
interview published by "Ain't
It Cool News".
"I do a lot of things for the Make A Wish
Foundation. It's an organization that grants wishes to terminally ill children.
There were a number of times where I was very, very fortunate, and I consider
myself to be very blessed, that I was some kid's wish
. I can use my super
powers for good instead of evil. I got a couple of requests like that.
I understand that there are some people that refuse to do it."
Like The Backstreet Boys refused to
let a little girl, through the Make A Wish Foundation, come backstage at
the end of one of their concerts. So, I'd just like to say right now, on
record, f*** them. f*** them. I mean, honestly, was it going to kill them
to take 15 minutes away from sitting back there, drinking beer, patting
themselves on their collective back, talking about how great they are?
Honestly. There are times when you get an opportunity to do something,
to really make a difference. Not the way everybody says, "I'm going to
make a difference." I mean really, right now, directly make a difference
in somebody's life. You gotta seize those opportunities and if you don't,
then f*** you and I hope you fail. OK. Off the soapbox now."
Last November we published an editorial
concerning this incident that sparked controversy among fans of the pop
group. One fan went as far as taking down her Backstreet Boys fan site
after reading our account.
Although the band's handlers issued a statement
regarding the incident many of their fans opted to defend their TRL heros
by bashing yours truly. Here are some of the comments posted by BSB supporters.
(These comments are not edited for spelling or grammer.)
From Jessica: .." by the way..antiguy...bubble
gum whatever if you do as much research on bsb as you didmorgan youd understand
theyre NOT fakes...processed whatever you said...get the facts!" (How
about mildly talented and perpetrators of shallow bubblegum music about
puppy love? Or New Kids on the Block Part II? aG)
From Lauren: "They may have
been really busy! How do you know? Just because you heard it on a stupid
talk show does not mean it is real! The Backstreet Boys have real talent
and no matter what anyone says I will always be a fan. I am only 14 years
old and I know already not to believe everything you hear. You people are
just looking for something to put the Backstreet Boys down." (Their music
is usually enough fuel to criticize this "group" aG)
"Okay people! This is what I don't get. The little girl was five and she
has a disease. I understand that this creates quite a stir and bsb should
have responded better. I'm just letting you know, that it probably wasn't
them that said no. It was probably others who were in relation to them.
The managers, producers, whatever, not bsb themselves. I'm sure that they
wouldn't have done this, had they known about it, or had they been informed.
It's not them you should be mad at, it's the person who said no. NOT BSB"
(You may be correct that initially they did not know about this request.
However, they surely knew about the request after all the bad press they
received from this incident and they still refused to meet with her. aG)
From Tori Spelling "antiGUY you
are out of line. the BSB have lots of talent. Can you dance or sing like
that? So they didn't go see a little girl, my god she is only 5 years old
she'l get over it. They would come see a real fan like me
becuause at 14 I'm like way more important."
can you respond to this stupidity? aG)
From sandruh: "how can the backstreet
boys be the biggest band in the world when they don't write their own songs
or play their own instruments in the first place?" (Answer: Marketing!
From Heartless: "If Morgan's parents
really lover her, they would put her out of her misery. The Backstreet
Boys were busy and probably weren't sure if this was a scam."
From Tina: "anti guy you are so
mean. the backstreet boys are the best. all that happened was they did
not have time to visit this girl, its hard work being the biggest band
in the world. get a clue"
Finally Autum decided to attack the
messenger with her comments: "OK, first of all, I'd like to comment
on how awful of a writer you are antiGUY.
do know that all these facts
are even true? My guess is no. Who knows, what if their management never
even told the BSB bout it? My point is, is that you DON'T obviously know
the whole story." ( I stand by that story. Like Wil said they
could have taken 15 minutes after the show to meet with the girl. She was
at the concert! As for being an awful writer? What can I say? I could live
my life based on the opinions of 14 year old girls but I will leave that
to the Backstreet Boys. aG)
Update: In the interest of fairness,
while certain facts were left out of this article, they are present on
the original article. What follows is the response to this criticism by
the groups Keyboard player, Tommy Smith, at bsbband.com. While it is inconsistent
with the facts that were picked up by the media as a whole at the time
of the incident. (See
original Story) It is only fair to post this response to these allegations.
It also must be pointed out that the Make a Wish Foundation was not the
organization that made the request, it was the Rainbow Connection. (see
Q: IS IT TRUE THAT THE BACKSTREET
BOYS REFUSED TO GO VISIT A GIRL WITH A DISEASE BECAUSE THEY WERE TOO BUSY????
Tommy Smith: Well.......yes and
no. (Sigh), I knew I was going to have to get into this one. Ok, it goes
like this, every week the boys get handed a stack full of things to do.
This includes meeting people, radio promotions, charity work, meeting sick
kids and stuff like that. These things come from people and charity organizations
that have contacted the boys management company. Thats how you get the
boys to do something. So everyday there is a list of things for the boys
to do. In this particular instance, the organization didnt fill out the
paperwork correctly, the names never made it to the management OR to the
boys. So when the girls father brought her to the venue to meet the boys,
they were told by security that they were not on the list, which was
true. The boys themselves had no idea about this. They thought they did
everything they were supposed to do that day. They do an incredible amount
of charity work. I see it. They do a thousand things right but everybody
jumped on them for one thing that was not even their fault. Anyway, after
they were made aware of this, they had a press conference, met with the
girl and made things right. The charity organization even held a press
conference to say that it was not the boys fault. But at that point it
was too late. Every wanted to believe the worst about the boys so the press
ran with it. A little known fact about this is that the girl in question
wasnt mad at the boys at all, she completely understood the situation.
In my opinion, the boys have nothing to defend themselves for, the amount
of giving they do amazes me, if I were them I wouldnt do half of it. Im
just glad I'm not famous.
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