Billy Bob Thornton acts like a douchebag

Billy Douche Thornton was on CBC last week to promote his band. The interviewer introduces them as a band and then in order to give some context, the interviewer mentions for the radio folk who don’t have the power to see images with their ears that, yes this is the Billy Bob Douchebag that makes movies. Well Big Bill had a serious problem with this so he began acting like a huge dick, refusing to coherently answer questions (“I don’t know what you’re talking about”), eventually flipping out at about 7:15 in the video, and then indirectly comparing himself to Tom Petty. [Video is after the fold.] And it doesn’t end there.

Then they go to Toronto. He “clarifies” that his statement about Canadians — “Canadian audiences seem to be very reserved … It’s mashed potatoes but no gravy.” — to indicate that he was referring to the interviewer and he really likes Canada, honest. Oooooh, so he was just being a dick to the interviewer personally, not a meaningless arrangement of borders. That’s waaaaay better. Incidentally, I wonder which producer yelled enough to make someone that douchebaggy listen to reason and concoct some sort of attempt at placation… Anyway, apparently they started their tour, opening for Willie Nelson, in Toronto and the crowd was booing and yelling “here comes the gravy”. After that the band canceled the rest of their Canadian tour because of “the flu”. Riiiiight. More likely they canceled because of a bad case of douchebaggery and self-absorption.

Wow.

If someone doesn’t like our country for some stupid stereotype reason, it’s their prerogative to be a dick. A) It’s stupid to not like a country for any reason other than the weather and B) it’s stupid to open a tour in a country by treating a radio host on the national radio station like shit.

But to be a dick to a nice guy on the radio doing you a favor and then expect that to have a successful outcome, is a whole special level of delusional douchebag. BBT has apparently gotten away with this diva behaviour enough to think it’s appropriate to do on the radio while promoting his band’s tour. I hope his band talks some sense into him before their next tour, or they are going to have a pretty hard time making a name for themselves without any shows.

So Canadians: This is not an issue of silly patriotism, this is an issue of spending hard-earned money to go see a douchebag who has done absolutely nothing in his entertainment career to deserve our attention (apparently). He’s saved us the trouble. Be happy.

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5 responses to “Billy Bob Thornton acts like a douchebag

  1. Call me Paul

    It’s pretty clear, if you watch Billy Bob in that video, that’s he’s just playing with the interviewer. He has difficulty, at times, keeping the mischievous grin off his face. All this “outrage” in the blogosphere is exactly what he wanted. He’s got himself way more attention and publicity than he would have had he just done a straight interview.

  2. Call me Paul

    It’s pretty clear, if you watch Billy Bob in that video, that’s he’s just playing with the interviewer. He has difficulty, at times, keeping the mischievous grin off his face. All this “outrage” in the blogosphere is exactly what he wanted. He’s got himself way more attention and publicity than he would have had he just done a straight interview.

  3. He does appear to be very pleased with himself, though I’m not sure it’s because he’s playing seriously or non-seriously. Also, keep in mind this was also a radio show. I’m not outraged, I think it’s just stupid. Both what he did and the “patriotic” reaction. Apparently I didn’t use the word “douche” enough to indicate my tong-in-cheekery. Either way, that radio host was used. That’s fucktarded.

    What really has he gained from this “attention”? This hasn’t gotten much publicity outside of Canada and his Canadian tour is scrapped. Even if he thought that the Canadian market was small enough to sacrifice for publicity, that wouldn’t help him much in other markets if they never heard of the Canadian hubbub.

  4. Oh I think he has gotten attention outside of Canada… this whole thing was all over yahoo’s home page the other day.

    Just goes to prove, people can suck no matter what.

    And yeah, the “flu” Sure.

  5. Has it? A search for his name on Google news didn’t turn up much other than Canadian press, BBC (expected), and a blurb in the NY Times. But whether he did it because of publicity or because he’s a diva, that still makes him a douche.