Thursday, January 15, 2015
Company Makes Kurt Cobain Suicide Note T-Shirt, But Pulls It
It is always a wonderful thing when people want to celebrate the legacy of a beloved musician who has unfortunately passed on. However, usually the method used is one that is respectful and brings attention to their life, rather than their death. Up until a little while ago, a shirt featuring the hand written suicide note by Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain was available for sale on Etsy.
This shirt met with some serious backlash from Nirvana fans and the general public. There was even a petition from Change.org to have the shirt removed from the online store as well as fiery passionate rage filled editorials on the subject.
After the shirts were removed from Etsy they briefly showed up again on eBay from a seller in Thailand by the name of Nuchyk, though those sales have also been brought to a halt by this point as well.
I understand that people some times want to do things for the mere shock value, but I feel that there is a distinct difference between shock value and giving the finger to common decency. Shock value is meant to be used as a tool to challenge society for the better, not to remind people of a tragedy in a puerile, cruel, and tasteless fashion. I am most certainly glad there was such a backlash against these shirts. It gives me back a little bit of faith in humanity.