Corey Feldman returned to the Today show on Thursday morning to talk about his much-publicized first performance, and seek redemption by performing for the second time.
The Goonies actor, 45, took the stage on the NBC morning show to perform the song Take a Stand from his new album, Angelic 2 the Core.
“This song, by the way, is for America,” Feldman told host Tamron Hall before performing. “We’re at a time right now when the world needs to focus, really, on peace and love and tolerance, especially with all the bullying. So, this is about the government. This is about the race. This is about the United States.”
Feldman’s second performance was similar to his first in almost every respect. He started out with several more layers of clothing than he ended up with, and he performed his signature dance moves.
His latest display caused a stir when he dropped an American flag on the ground while performing. “We love you America!” Feldman proclaimed at the end of his four-minute set. Hall picked the flag up off the ground and handed it back to him.
Some audiences were captivated by the performance.
Others viewers quickly took to social media to express their outrage over the Stand by Me actor’s flag gaffe.
Late Thursday evening, Feldman issued a statement to People with an explanation and an apology for dropping the flag.
“We were excited and grateful to be asked to return to the Today show, but there wasn’t much time to prepare. We scrambled to find an American flag to use as a patriotic symbol at the last minute and with no rehearsal,” he stared.
“Once I was on stage, my brain reverted to my choreography, which was to throw my hands up in the air with a peace sign. As a dancer, my instinct is to drop anything in my hands.”
“In that live moment, it came off as wrong and for that I’m deeply sorry. It was the exact opposite of my intention,” Feldman concluded.
Thursday’s performance was intended to make a statement: he is planning on pushing forward with his music career.
His return to the show was on National Stop Bullying Day (Oct. 13), and Feldman addressed the backlash to his Go 4 It performance on Today last month and said the kind words he received from Pink, Kesha, Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris Jackson and his friends helped him deal with the “bullies.”
“I’m not letting the bullies get to us,” he said, explaining why he returned to the show. “A lot of people get hate in the beginning because we’re doing something new — it hasn’t been done before. But, it’s all about innovation and being an artist, and we can’t be afraid to share out art.”
Watch Feldman’s performance in the video, above.