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Celebrity Slam - No Love lost

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It’s no secret that celebrity beef is one of the primary sources of joy for us here at Celebrity Slam. Sure, we love our famous romances and don’t you know who I ams, but there’s something special about beef.

Happily, we’ve been seeing some wonderfully weird beefs popping up in recent weeks, which has allowed us to really dig into the strange thought processes of celebrities – specifically, the ridiculous things that they choose to be mad about, as well as the random and misguided ways in which they choose to get mad.

Wouldn’t you know it, we’ve got another live one this week!

Now, if you’d asked us about which two famous female musicians would get into an odd and pointless conflict over some nonsense, odds are that we would have made A LOT of guesses before we arrived at the subject of this week’s Slam.

That’s right, folks – Courtney Love is mad at Olivia Rodrigo!

Here’s the deal. Apparently, Rodrigo has a new concert film coming out soon. One of the images she used as part of promoting the project was a photo of the singer holding a bouquet of flowers and wearing a tiara and smeared mascara. Love shared the photo with the caption “Spot the difference! #twinning” and Rodrigo responded with a message professing her fandom.

Alas, poor Olivia – that was not love from Love.

Love wrote back to the young singer, telling her a favorite florist and saying that she looked forward to reading her note. What note is that, you ask? Why, the one that Love demands as part of the apology that she claims she is owed from Rodrigo for ripping off the cover art for Hole’s “Live Through This” album.

From there, Love went hard.

In responses to assorted messages on her posts, Love went on to say that it was “rude” of Rodrigo and her label to not ask permission of Love or the photographer who took the Hole cover shot. She also claimed that “It’s happened my whole career so I [don’t care]. But manners is manners!”

In responding to someone who wondered why she was getting so mad about something like this, Love answered in the classic way of internet s—ttalkers everywhere:

“I’m not angry. It happens all the time to me. But this was bad form. That’s not bullying or bomb throwing. This persons [sic] music has nothing to do with my life. Possibly never will. It was rude And I [have] every right to stick up for my work. Don’t gatekeep me! I’m honorable as f— to my fellow artists, and I expect the same.”

Oh yeah – you’re definitely not mad, Courtney. Those are the words of someone who is Not Mad But Actually Laughing. These too:

“I’ve informed her I await her flowers [and] note,” Love wrote on Facebook. “I sure hope it’s long. Does Disney teach kids reading and writing? God knows. Let’s see. Yes this is rude. Rage inducing? Honey if I had a dollar for everyone this happens? I’d be real rich!”

We can all agree that this is all just staggeringly dumb, right? For the record, one could argue that there’s a passing resemblance between the images, but Courtney Love certainly does not have the copyright on crying hot mess prom queens. It certainly seems like the sort of thing where Love leapt at the opportunity to somehow draw some attention to herself.

The funniest part, of course, is Love’s insistence that she’s not mad even as she rambles on about how aggrieved she is. The whole “I don’t even care about this thing that I obviously care about” is just exquisite.

And if it is in fact a deliberate homage – so what? This kind of thing happens all the time. The only person who gives a crap is the one who also claims they don’t give a crap at all and actually aren’t even paying attention because they are too busy and important.

For her part, Olivia Rodrigo hasn’t responded, which honestly feels like the right move. Best to just let them cry it out, you know?

Like we said – weird beef has been particularly abundant in recent weeks. We can’t wait to see what kind of prime cut is coming our way next.

Last modified on Tuesday, 29 June 2021 08:15


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