Courtney Love has finally triumphed over bad plastic surgery and now looks like a generic Hollywood cougar. Kurt would be spinning in his grave if dead people could still be embarrassed. In any case, her offenses against his memory (not to mention his child) are so ghastly that there’s no territory left for her to plunder.
What has Courtney Love ever done that was worthy of respect? Her first album was largely the product of her husband’s creative genius, and it’s been downhill ever since. She started off as a singlemindedly ambitious groupie, bagged a vulnerable rising rock star, and squandered much of his fortune on nosejobs and dope. Even her own kid can’t stand her.
I’ve just read an artful analysis of her cultural significance but the only part I agree with is that our society revels in the spectacle of public self-destruction. It’s enthralling to watch people making asses of themselves! That’s why I love those Real Housewives.
There’s also something very compelling about people who are literally shameless. Madonna comes to mind in this category. Courtney Love will tweet naked pictures of herself, blab about everyone she’s had sex with, betray all her friends and flaunt her bad spelling as though it’s her life’s work to be annoying.
Here is her best quote to date, spoken to the author of a recent profile in the New York Times:
“For years, despite having impeccable taste, I didn’t understand how to convey that I had impeccable taste.”
Oh Courtney! How frustrating that must have been!
I’m sure we’re supposed to regard her as some kind of tragic figure but it’s all the consequence of vanity and greed. Fuck her! Most people settle for one nosejob and call it a day. She’s just an awful woman who doesn’t know when enough is enough.