Backstreet Boys, Korn boycott BP


A press release today announced that mutual disgust in BP has brought together two of TRL's most avowed enemies: the Backstreet Boys and "popular hard rock band" Korn who, fueled by chubby teens with calling cards and bad taste, once battled over that number one spot on the MTV countdown like it was a friggin' Moonman or something. Carson Daly, you better put that "Viewer's Choice Weekend" showdown on hold.

From the release:

"The Backstreet Boys join popular hard rock band KORN to boycott the purchase of BP oil. Currently on a 35+ North American tour in support of their new album, THIS IS US, BSB promises to embark on a BP free tour.
'I'm devastated by what I've seen first hand and on the news' says Nick Carter. 'I've always been a marine activist and seeing pictures of oil-covered animals breaks my heart.'"

Among the Phoenix Web team, this news prompted varied responses, mostly out of confusion. First, these bands still tour and people pay to see them? Jonathan Davis still has dreads? What happened to the "reassuring older brother type" Backstreet Boy? I blame Lou Pearlman. And most importantly, who's going to top kill Korn?

The more we pondered this newsworthy event, the more we thought that the evil, conniving BP must be behind this. Because if musicians are going to boycott you anyway, the leaders of the movement might as well be dusty ‘90s relics whose mere mention generates a flurry of off-topic questions or, worse, indifference. Unfortunately for BP, LFO and 98 Degrees do most of their touring by either Greyhound or rollerblades, and Limp Bizkit canceled all of their summer dates.

Korn and the Boys are calling out to other musicians on tour this summer to join the boycott, and if we are indeed correct, expect Good Charlotte and Kid Rock to make their anti-BP declarations stat.

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