Courtney Love Says Muppets 'Raped' Nirvana

It's not often that the Muppets are accused of being rapists, but when Courtney Love goes on tape, anything can happen.

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It's not often that The Muppets are accused of being rapists, but when Courtney Love goes on tape, anything can happen.

This week, Love alleged that Disney and the Muppets "raped" the memory of her late husband Kurt Cobain when they covered "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in the new Muppets movie.

The quirky characters sang the song in a barbershop quartet style in a scene with Jack Black, as seen in the player below.

Love claims she is personally responsible for deciding when and where Nirvana songs are used commercially, and says she never gave permission for the song to appear in the kids movie.

But this isn't true, according to TMZ. It is believed that Love sold half her rights to the Nirvana catalog to Primary Wave Music, a licensing company who have the exclusive rights to distribute Nirvana songs.

The licensing company secured permission from Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic and approved the song for use by the Muppets. Grohl clearly approves, as he also appears in the movie.

At least Love and her daughter Francis Bean Cobain will be paid a cut of the soundtrack profits.

Watch a clip of the song in the movie below. It's not great quality, and the audio cuts out by the second half, but it gives some context to how the song was used. Maybe Love missed the line where Jack Black cries "you're ruining one of the greatest songs of all time!"

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    C0FF1NCAS3
    Dear Kurt, Next time round, shoot the bitch not yourself or at least get her first. Love, Humanity
    MT_Obsidian
    ... It's the Muppets... How in the world can one hate the Muppets, especially when they're just singing a song? Jeez, Courtney Love, I didn't realize you insane enough to be THAT pissed off at the Muppets covering a song...
    Jackstepher
    strat0blaster wrote: Courtney Love; the world's biggest troll.
    Calling her a troll is an insult to trolls because she's clearly not doing it for teh lulz
    flyboyC17
    I get pissed off every time i see an article about this woman but damn it i always end up clicking on it.
    Ballsweat
    The last time I gave a sh** about what Courtney Love thought/said/felt I was still a fetus.
    Vinushka
    Never has there been a purer definition of irony than COURTNEY LOVE accusing someone else of raping the memory and spirit of Nirvana.
    K.i.S.A.
    Look at her right eye. Now look at her left. Now back to me. Now back to her right eye. You are now noticing the difference in size. Now look in her hand. Drugs! Now back to me. Now back to her. Now look in your hand. Duct tape! Now back to her. You know what to do...
    OxMxGxTACOS
    C0FF1NCAS3 wrote: Dear Kurt, Next time round, shoot the bitch not yourself or at least get her first. Love, Humanity
    dude.. +10
    iommi600
    "raped" the memory of her late husband Kurt Cobain when they covered "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in the new Muppets movie.
    Umm... shall we forget about you getting drunk and sentimental and talking about Cobain and bashing Grohl during the entire 2011, then? I mean, using the guy's name to get attention is not a good way to preserve his memory... In other words, focus on your career and Hole. Cobain is dead and left a big contribution to music. If you wanna keep his memory intact, let the man RIP.
    spiff-corgi
    The Muppets represent everything cheery, innocent and full of energy in the world... so of course Courtney Love hates them.
    Ghostmaker
    I hope she's back on drugs. Not because I wish her any harm, but because if not, then something is REALLY wrong.
    nailsarecruel
    and says she never gave permission for the song to appear in the kids movie.
    Maybe that's true, but Cocaine is a hell of a drug.
    spiff-corgi
    strat0blaster wrote: Courtney Love; the world's biggest troll.
    In terms of the internet slang meaning, it's sad that I don't think anything she does is satirical or ironic. In terms of the traditional meaning, i.e. the evil monster lurking the bridge, then you are correct.
    Shadow-Michel
    Hmm how could she forget about the muppet that really raped Smells Like Teen Spirit; Miley Cyrus?
    Spay
    Really? She had a problem with this and not the abomination that the show 'The Voice' did to Heart Shaped Box?
    harpcicle
    What is the difference between the muppets raping SLTS and X Factor contestants doing it? Seems Courtney only deems it rape if she hasn't given permission for it and quite frankly, I'd would rather see the muppets covering Nirvana than some reality TV show wannabes
    cfhdomination
    She's just pissed because the Muppets have had a much longer career and more talent then she and her crappy band will ever have.
    sherry07
    Why do you keep writing/stealing articles about Courtney Love, UG? AND put them on the front page? Just ignore her. Nobody WANTS to hear about her.
    Kreuger
    Muppets say Courtney Love is a crackhead that nobody shoud listen to.
    Oh_Nutz
    I LOVE YOU COURTNEY!!!! PLEASE MARRY ME!!!! 24/M/Single - Axe murderer by profession, loves dreary days, cold summer nights, homeless parasitic women..
    jon.peebles
    Eifler121 wrote: Well, Nirvana did come out with a song called Rape Me.
    ...beat me to it.
    HARTATTACK69
    Evilize wrote: Kurt raped the legacy of nirvana when he took the easy way our. Fuck idolizing a junky and **** courtney love
    Nobody idolizes a junkie, they idolize a musician. If I want to play guitar because of what he, or Hendrix or Dimebag did that doesn't mean I'm going to start doing drugs. We remember the good not the bad. If you honestly think people that look up to any troubled musician think that there drug habits are the reason they should be idolized then you sir are an idiot
    sabres61
    any article about this bitch should be deleted. first she's complaining that she doesn't get enough $$ from nirvana's royalties now this. someone do the world a favor and send this stupid bitch to mars.
    frehley freak
    Yup, Muppets are rapists and Dave Grohl is a thief... This is a glimpse inside of Courtney's mind... ... And Im sure somebody thats been raped would describe their experience as listening to the Muppets sing Nirvana songs
    The_Drooge
    Courtney Love is clearly running out of people to hate on. She had to resort to claiming rape on puppets. Granted, it wasn't one of the best cover when I saw it in theaters, but that's why Jack Black had his line making note of it. That's what sold the entire bit for me.
    Engel22
    Anyone else want to create a petition to stop UG from posting pointless Courtney Love articles? This isn't news, it's just an attention-seeking junkie trying to find some way to stay in the media.
    Bezza27
    One of the band was in the ****ing movie, I think they had permission
    Forkman
    I laughed so hard at the subtitle "it's not often the Muppets are accused of being rapists."
    jjjaymz
    and not a single **** was ever given about anything she ever said.