Courtney Love and controversy go together more than the words “Muppets” and “rape” in the same sentence, but both pairings are involved in a new spat.
Love had some choice words regarding the use of Nirvana‘s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in last year’s “The Muppets” film, telling TMZ that Kermit the Frog “raped” the memory of her late husband, Nirvana leader Kurt Cobain. Love added that she did not approve the use of Nirvana’s biggest hit, which the Muppets re-interpreted as a barbershop quartet alongside actor Jack Black in the film. Love would probably agree with what Black says in the brief performance: “You’re ruining one of the greatest songs of all-time!” Watch below.
The Muppets’ camp did not respond to a request from CBS Radio at press time, and they have yet to speak out on the matter (unlike their recent rebuttal to criticism from Fox News). Jack Black, however, told E! that he finds Love’s statements “absurd, absurd, absurd,” adding that he “personally hold no one in higher esteem in the world of rock” than Cobain.
While Love stated that she has veto power on licensing and distribution deals involving Cobain’s music, that’s not entirely true. Love sold a portion of her Nirvana rights to Primary Wave Music, who approved “Teen Spirit” for use in the Disney flick. And let us not forget about the two other members of Nirvana, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. They not only signed off on the synch, but Grohl appeared in “The Muppets” reprising the role he played in Nirvana — drummer. Watch below.
This is far from the first time Love has faced legal confusion over who, exactly, holds the rights to Nirvana’s catalog – something that has fueled intense beef between the Hole frontwoman and Grohl. A $1 million court case between the remaining Nirvana members and Love was settled in 2010, initially spurred by the fact that she failed to share the earnings of a $20 million deal that sold a portion of Nirvana’s catalog with Novoselic and Grohl.