Courtney Love Came For The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame In A Guardian Op-Ed Then Came For The Guardian For “Censoring” Her
If Courtney Love followed the rule “if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all” we’d never hear a peep out of her unless it was in defense of Johnny Depp. This week Courtney’s gnashing her teeth at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and popping them on the ass with a rolled-up copy of an op-ed she wrote for The Guardian. But even a wonky clock that’s not only seen some shit, but has probably also smeared some shit, is sometimes right. And Courtney was right to call out the Rock Hall for its miserable lack of female inductees. Even so, if there’s one thing Courtney Love’s gonna do it’s Courtney Hate, so she also made sure to blast The Guardian for censoring her.
The Guardian let her tell the Rock Hall to “go to hell in a handbasket” but declined to print her opinion that the governing board is “MADE UP OF MUSIC’S MOST MALEVOLENT, A VIRTUAL BLACK HOLE OF THE HELLISH.” Damn, might as well have added “wife-beaters” while she was at it since it’s totally allowed. In her op-ed, Courtney, presumably with the aid of a professional editor, made some very fine points without resorting to ALL CAPS.
Why are women so marginalised by the Rock Hall? Of the 31 people on the nominating board, just nine are women. According to the music historian Evelyn McDonnell, the Rock Hall voters, among them musicians and industry elites, are 90% male.
You can write the Rock Hall off as a “boomer tomb” and argue that it is building a totem to its own irrelevance. Why should we care who is in and who is not? But as scornful as its inductions have been, the Rock Hall is a bulwark against erasure, which every female artist faces whether they long for the honour or want to spit on it. It is still game recognising game, history made and marked.
Of the above, Courtney wrote on Instagram, “I never used the word ‘marginalized’ applied to 51 percent of the worlds population (censored by a woman! Is this why people use substack?)” but failed to mention that she also didn’t spell “honor” with a “u.” Additionally, the title they gave her op-ed is “Why are women so marginalised by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Courtney Love,” so maybe Court’s just mad they didn’t use her original title, which apparently was “GO TO HELL IN A HANDBAG 👜 BRO! 😁😁🔥by Courtney Love.” But even Michael K would step in if I tried to put emojis in a headline. (source: I tried to put emojis in a headline) Here’s Courtney’s post, which includes a slide naming the denizens of the so-called most malevolent virtual black hole of the hellish that is the Rock Hall’s board.
LL Cool J, your time us UP! The wonky clock says so right here. The big hand is on the hip and that means you must admit… that she’s got a point! — “Where is Sheila E – eligible since 2001?”