Robert Smith, lead singer of the UK goth rocker band The Cure, went viral on Friday night after giving an astonishingly "deadpan" interview to commentators at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
When Mr. Smith was approached by an overzealous interviewer Carrie Keagan, she asked him how thrilled he was to attend the event.
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“Congratulations The Cure, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees 2019, are you as excited as I am?” the interviewer asked Mr. Smith.
Mr. Smith replied with a serious, calm face: “Um, by the sounds of it, no.”
The interviewer, obviously surprised by his response, chuckled and continued the talk, asking “Oh, no, what are we going to do?”
Smith bluntly replied: “I’m sure we’ll get there eventually. It’s a bit early, isn’t it?”
Twitter erupted with Cure fans who praised Mr. Smith for his brutal honesty. "This is the funniest start to an interview I have ever seen," one Twitter user said. "I love Robert Smith, man!"
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One Twittizen called Mr. Smith's interview a "hilarious joy", whilst another lauded Mr. Smith's "interview training" skills.
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Mr. Smith said during his induction speech that he thanked his fans and “everyone who bought a record”. Tim Pope, long-time video director for the band, said that it was his "favourite movement" from the awards ceremony.