The curse of being a child celebrity is well known. The too-much-too-fast lifestyle of partying and drugs combined with parents who are just as hypnotized by the fame has snuffed out the flame of more than a few of Hollywood’s bright young stars. But that’s not to say that they disappear into obscurity.
Unfortunately, some of these fallen stars have hung around long past the expiration of their 15 minutes, turning them into the human version of a car wreck it’s impossible to look away from. These are the child stars who haven’t figured out they aren’t famous anymore.
Corey Feldman’s unwillingness to leave the spotlight has been apparent for years. From the bizarre manner in which he’s half-transformed himself into Michael Jackson, to his cringeworthy performance on Howard Stern, the star of The Goonies has become a recurring pop culture joke. He became one of the first washed-up celebrities to reinvent himself with reality TV, only to become a pariah after his alienating behavior on The Surreal Life in 2003 and The Two Coreys in 2007.
But that didn’t deter Feldman in the slightest, because he’s also an author and musician, leaving him endless opportunity to pivot to his next public embarrassment, like his back-to back Today show performances of his songs, “Go 4 It” and “Take A Stand.” After the first performance was universally mocked, Feldman released a tearful video on Facebook, claiming he was “petrified” to leave his house. So, naturally it only took a month for him to return to the show with a second, even more baffling performance, complete with a controversy over him throwing an American flag on the floor.
Lately, Feldman’s been making the media rounds again to participate in the #MeToo movement by shedding new light on the alleged Hollywood pedophile ring that he’s been hinting at for years. And while his courage to speak truth to power is great, his attempt to crowdfund a movie based on his allegations—which started with a goal of $10 million dollars, but has already been reduced to $1 million dollars—is perhaps not as noble. The lesson here, which Feldman’s zombified career is dependent upon, is that the adage “any publicity is good publicity,” applies to no one more perfectly than Corey Feldman.
Although people think Tara Reid got her start in American Pie, she’d actually been acting for years before that. In fact, her first TV appearance was on a 1982 game show called Child’s Play, where she actually predicted her famous future. But somewhere between her accidental boob flash at Diddy’s birthday party, and her string of questionable projects in between the second and third “American” installment, her career stalled. Then it lurched into the strange realm of campy Sci-fi with the seemingly endless Sharknado franchise.
Reid actually showed a brief lucidity about the strange direction her career has taken in an interview with Today Extra (via The Daily Mail). “I was doing that movie (Tie The Knot) and Sharknado at the same time and I was like, “What am I doing anymore? What’s happening? Where did my career go?” she said.
And yet, she’s also recently flexed the diva muscle usually reserved for stars who haven’t been photographed drunkenly stumbling in and out of clubs for years. Reid walked out of an interview on Jenny McCarthy’s Sirius XM radio show after being asked about her plastic surgeries and her disastrous appearance on Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars. “Babe, I asked you, please let’s not talk about this show. We’re all here about Sharknado,” Reid said, getting the awkwardness started. The tense exchange ended with Reid and McCarthy taking digs at each others marriages and bodies, with McCarthy getting the last zinger, saying, “Love you, Tara. Good luck with Sharknado 18.” Sure, maybe it wasn’t exactly fair of McCarthy to bring some of that stuff up, but does Reid seriously think the media is going to ignore her years of train wreck behavior and just talk to her about her dumb flying shark movie? Go ahead and have a seat with all that, Ms. Reid.