Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell reportedly got into the middle of an altercation between two men who were arguing about President Obama, according to The New York Post. Cornell was sitting in the Alaska Airlines lounge at the airport in Seattle when he heard one man in business attire called the other man a "queer" after the other man made a comment in favor of the president.
Cornell stepped in at that moment, telling the businessman, "You're a (bleep). You deliberately called him a queer to make him feel uncomfortable in front of a lot of people." Security was called and the man who used the slur was asked to leave the lounge. Reps for the airline and the man who was called a "queer" thanked Cornell for standing up to the offender.
A rep for Cornell confirmed that the incident occurred and revealed that the musician was actually traveling to an Obama fundraiser in San Francisco at the time of the incident.
It was actually at the fundraiser later than Cornell surprised the audience by performing a tribute to the late Whitney Houston during his acoustic set. Cornell performed "I Will Always Love You" -- the Dolly Parton song made into a monster hit by Houston in 1992.