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Chris Cornell, Soundgarden Frontman, Scolds Airport Businessman For Gay Slur

Chris Cornell

First Posted: 02/17/2012 4:57 pm Updated: 02/18/2012 4:12 pm

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell is being praised by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates after he scolded a businessman who used an anti-gay slur in an airport.

The New York Post cites witnesses who say Cornell spoke out when a man "called another man a queer when he overheard him make a pro-Obama statement" in the Alaska Airlines lounge at Seattle Airport. "Cornell stepped up in the packed lounge and slammed the guy for making anti-gay comments," the report states.

Cornell is said to have then declared, "You're a prick. You deliberately called him a queer to make him feel uncomfortable in front of a lot of people."

The other passenger and some Alaska reps thanked Cornell for his help and intervention, Perez Hilton noted.

As it turns out, Cornell was on his way to San Francisco, where he performed at a benefit concert to raise funds for President Obama's re-election campaign. At that performance, he wowed the crowd by paying tribute to Whitney Houston with an acoustic cover of the late diva's hit "I Will Always Love You."

Watch that amazing performance below:

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Filed by Curtis M. Wong  |