American singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain (1967 - 1994), performs with his group Nirvana at a taping of the television program 'MTV Unplugged,' New York, New York, Novemeber 18, 1993. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images) Photo: Frank Micelotta
If he was still alive today Kurt Cobain would be 46. Can you believe it? That's only three years younger than Michelle Obama. We found these excellent quotes of his from the good people over at The Frisky and decided that they were too wise and too wonderful not to share.
Cobain on rape: “Rape is one of the most terrible crimes on earth and it happens every few minutes,” he said. “The problem with groups who deal with rape is that they try to educate women about how to defend themselves. What really needs to be done is teaching men not to rape. Go to the source and start there.”
Impressive, right? Also sad that it's so impressive.
On the feud he had with Guns 'n' Roses singer Axl Rose, (remember that?):
“I have nothing against heavy metal, except that some of it is pretty sexist,” which is like, “duh” now, but at the time was a rather progressive thing to say. The feud culminated with Rose calling Courtney Love a “bitch,” and Cobain telling fans that they couldn’t like Nirvana and support Guns ‘n’ Roses at the same time. “Those people are total sexist jerks, and the reason we’re playing this show is to fight homophobia in a real small way,” he told a crowd at a pro-gay rights benefit show. “[Axl Rose] is a fucking sexist and a racist and a homophobe, and you can’t be on his side and be on our side. I’m sorry that I have to divide this up like this, but it’s something you can’t ignore.”
And remember that time he said this at a Nirvana concert?
“If any of you in any way hate homosexuals, people of a different color, or women, please do this one favour for us… Don’t come to our shows and don’t buy our records.”
Kurt, if you're listening, thank you. Also, if you could have a few quiet words with Courtney about her sanity we'd be grateful. Cheers, then.