I have been waiting a long time for my favorite pop culture mag to take on the Yoko & Courtney connection. I even considered pitching them my own article on Rock's First Widows (my working title) but didn't get around to writing more than a page or two of scribbled ideas, including the lyrics to "20 Years in the Dakota," a song Courtney wrote about Yoko in 1992, long before Courtney's own widowhood began. I just love it when Courtney screams "WHOA YEAH, YOU DON'T FUCK WITH THE FAAAAAAAABULOUS FOUR!" That's the very charge weighed against Yoko back in the day.
Interestingly enough, these days Yoko is the one warning haters away from her husband's legacy. The piece I hoped to pitch included how the public has mellowed towards Yoko Ono, while the vitriol against Courtney keeps on cooking. I think the big difference is that Courtney Love decided not to retreat from the world. She didn't put her Nirvana funds into a Cobain Foundation--she spent them on plastic surgeons, rehab clinics, and frilly Victorian doodads from Etsy. The world prefers their widows to be serious custodians of their husbands' legacies, not to lead lives of their own.
Okay, okay, the life that Courtney's lived since 1994 hasn't been the smartest. I certainly wish that she hadn't melted down in public, because as an out feminist she once brought serious attention to the problem of deeply-rooted sexism in the entertainment industry. Now she's a punchline, and she brought much of that on herself. Still, I maintain that Courtney Love has a lot more to teach us about what intelligent and assertive women endure when they raise their voices.
.....they get shit on.
Oh Well, Whatever, Never Mind: On Misogyny, Courtney Love, and the Guitar Hero 5 Controversy | Bitch Magazine
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