Some cynics have held that in art, everything has been done and said before. Many artists — including some great ones — have copied from others in the past, and even those who avoided blatant plagiarism couldn’t help but be heavily influenced by those who came before them.
Recently, young pop star Olivia Rodrigo and the Queen of Grunge, Courtney Love, have gotten into a heated spat about exactly this.
Rip Off This?
Rodrigo has recently been celebrating the breakout success of her debut album “Sour.” However, the word “sour” just as well describes Love’s feelings about the young artist’s success.
Recently, Rodrigo decided to post a photo to social media of her wearing a prom dress and a tiara, carrying flowers as her eyeliner was smeared around her eyes.
But Love, famous for being the lead vocalist of grunge band Hole and the wife of the late grunge superstar Kurt Cobain, took exception to this.
Love said that the photo looked suspiciously similar to the cover of Hole’s album “Live Through This” and accused Rodrigo of plagiarism. In a June 25 post on Instagram, Love posted the two photos side by side and somewhat snarkily said, “Spot the difference.” She then expanded on the comment and called Rodrigo “rude” for allegedly ripping her off.
Rodrigo’s fans fired back against Love, claiming that the real inspiration for Rodrigo’s photo was the film “Carrie,” but Love wasn’t having any of it. “I’ve asked her for flowers and a note, you’re right,” Love said.
“It’s rude not to be asked. I know Ellen von Unwerth [the photographer who shot the original] isn’t amused. And just to clarify? The Brian de Palma classic “Carrie” is another thing. My cover was my original idea. A thing you maybe have to actually live life to acquire? I don’t know. Anyway. Disney? Yes, it’s rude. X”
For her part, Rodrigo appears to be oblivious to the drama so far. All she has said to Love on the matter was, “Love u and live through this soooooo much.”
But this isn’t the first time that Love has accused other artists of stealing from her. She once made fun of Gwen Stefani, calling her a “cheerleader,” which then inspired the song “Hollaback Girl.”
Love returned fire by going on “The Howard Stern Show” and revealing that she had slept with Stefani’s ex-husband Gavin Rossdale while the two were still together.
Who knows what this drama will lead to? Expect it to all simmer down eventually.