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Billy Corgan Says He Could Beat Kanye West in a Fight

The Smashing Pumpkins star also talks about his new record, Kurt Cobain, and Kim Kardashian

Nothing is ever over until Billy Corgan has a say in it. The Smashing Pumpkins frontman recently appeared on an Australian morning show, where he chimed in about Kanye West storming the stage during Beck’s recent Grammy win, an action he deemed “innapropriate.” 

Kanye’s from Chicago so I gotta be careful, I gotta represent. I think it’s inappropriate for any artist to take somebody else’s moment and make it their own … In that particular moment you’re basically saying that everything that Beck’s done to be in that position is negated because in your own mind it’s not relevant to you, or your own thing. I didn’t think that’s the moment to do it. Maybe afterwards you can say that, you can put it in your own blog. But to jump on stage and steal that moment, to re-appropriate it in your own way I think is inappropriate. I will add — and I mean this in all seriousness — the problem with the social media era is the Grammys will be rewarded for bad behavior and so by extension will Kanye… It really should be a celebration of accomplishment and it becomes another version of high school.

Corgan also noted that he would’ve punched the rapper had this happened to him, and pointed out that he could probably fight the “All Day” star and win. Corgan was, however, quick to claim that Kim Kardashian could probably take him out if it came to blows. Sure.

Also, here’s what Corgan had to say about Kurt Cobain, since he was feeling incredibly loose-lipped:

I think Kurt had an incredible level of integrity and I often say that he would know what to do with the pop miasma we’re dealing with right now. Because rock needs to be free and independent; it doesn’t need to imitate pop to survive. That’s very telling and negatively impactful to the music business as a whole. The music business worked fine when you had pop stars and you had rock stars and everyone was doing their own thing.

Stream the entire Morning Show interview below, and stay tuned for Kanye’s inevitable response.