On Tuesday (Oct. 29), Corey Feldman appeared on “The View” to chat about his very candid new memoir, “Coreyography,” and raised more than a few eyebrows with his beliefs about those with power in Hollywood.
During a discussion of the harrowing experiences Feldman and the late Corey Haim endured during their early careers (abuse and pedophilia at the hands of some very powerful people), the “Lost Boys” actor admitted that the response to Haim’s death clued him into some nefarious people in the industry.
“The big secret is, folks, that with [Haim] particularly, and especially it was present at the Academy Awards when he was snubbed,” he said. “They didn’t even take the time to acknowledge his death in the [memoriam,] and that’s what really threw me over the top. And that’s when I realized that there was a bigger conspiracy here. They were trying to sweep him under the carpet. They wanted us to be kinda erased from history so that one day when we were old enough to reveal these secrets, nobody would take us seriously anymore.”
Co-host Barbara Walters asked that he clarify exactly what he meant by making that bold assertion, and Feldman replied, “I’m saying that there are people that were the people that did this to both me and Corey that are still working, they’re still out there, and they’re some of the richest, most powerful people in this business.”
“And they are predators?” Walters asked. “Are you saying that they’re pedophiles and they’re still in this business?”
“Yes,” he replied. “They don’t want me here right now, trust me. They want me dead.”
Asked what he would tell parents with a good-natured desire to get their kids into show business, Feldman said, “It’s a many-feathered bird, okay. Be careful what you wish for. That’s what I’ll tell you. Don’t go into it with naivety, don’t go into it thinking that it’s all roses…”
Walters seemed bothered by the vague generalizations Feldman was making with his claims, telling him, “You’re damaging an entire industry.”
“I’m sorry, I’m not trying to,” he rebutted. “I’m just trying to say that it’s a very important, serious topic. Don’t be irresponsible as a parent. We need children in the industry, obviously. You can’t make art without using children, right, because they’re a part of life. But they don’t need to be stars. We don’t need to put them on pedestals. And you don’t have to just send your kid off for the best opportunity.”
Do you believe Feldman’s theory about a conspiracy in Hollywood?