Courtney Love’s newest victim is America’s favorite puppet, Kermit the Frog. As reported by TMZ.com, the wife of Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain is furious that Kermit and his new Muppet’s movie have gone and “raped” the memory of the Nirvana song Smells Like Teen Spirit. And yes, that is a direct Love quote. According to her, Kermit did in fact rape her husband’s memory.
In the new Muppet’s movie, a few characters parody the famously mumbled song (see the video below). Courtney Love, however, saw this version as a bastardization of the song and flipped her wig because the Henson Muppet Company and their producers never cleared the song use with her. Unfortunately for the poor woman, she no longer has any control over the commercial use of her husband’s songs.
She had previously sold about half of her stock in the Kurt Cobain musical estate to a company called Primary Wave and granted them full rights to distribute his catalog. Of course, Kermit received permission from Primary Wave to parody the song in the film (free advertising is free advertising), obtaining the legal right to use it.
However, as the consummate good guy Kermit went one step further. He not only cleared the song choice with Primary Wave, he cleared it with the two surviving members of Nirvana: Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. In fact, Dave even appeared in the movie.
Courtney will still receive a chunk of the profits the song ever makes, but its too bad that she is the only person in the world who wouldn’t want their husband’s songs immortalized by the same puppets who previously performed with Elton John and Ray Charles.
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