I really wonder what has happened to the world of pop culture when being annoying during a radio interview turns into a big deal.
I watched with amusement this week the absolute outrage over Billy Bob Thornton’s behaviour on a national radio show.
Sure he was childish and uncooperative, the host pissed him off and he made no effort to play nice.
Did he flip the finger ? Did he trash the studio ? Did he throw a chair ? Did he punch anyone out ? No.
He was, everyone seems to think, snarky and rude.
Having produced hundreds of interviews over the years, this is hardly an earth-shattering event. I can’t even begin to count the number of band interviews that were wash-outs, either because the band wasn’t interested in talking, or just thought the host was a dork. Sometimes we aired them just because, but usually, we just tossed them out. I’ve seen fire extinguishers thrown across the room, equipment knocked over, and more than a few worn-out and tired musicians storm out of studio mid-interview.
That wouldn’t even warm up the tubes.
I don’t think it’s ok to be rude and uncooperative in an interview, but it happens. It’s not a big deal. After all, the music business should be high octane – bristling with echoes of its rebellious heritage. People living on the edge, staying up late, smoking.
Given the choice between kiss ass, do as your told, smile at the idiot reading his lines across the microphone, and say, being a little snarky – I’ll take the latter any day.