Courtney Love takes "opioid peddler" Joss Sackler to task (ONTD original)

A few days ago, Courtney Love made a series of posts on Instagram exposing Joss Sackler - of the Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma which made its fortune from OxyContin and consequently threw the country into chaos - trying to buy Courtney's attendance/influence at the fashion show launch for her hideous new line.

Courtney, a recovering opioid addict (and widow of Kurt Cobain, whose heroin addiction was well-documented and a huge contributing factor to his eventual suicide), wasn't having it - and let everyone know it.

Her posts are a bit hard to decipher (presented here out of order so it's easier to follow), but it basically starts here:



Ever the diplomat, Courtney asked Joss Sackler to pay her a $250,000 fee to be fully donated to an addiction recovery charity of Courtney's choosing:
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@josssackler fake news? You asshole! When your “people” imperiously told us that #sackler #purduepharma “supports addicts etc” ( exact quote the “ etc” was rich) and refused to show ANY receipt you ASSHOLE joss I asked for a stupid ass amount - 250,000$ to donate to charities , like musiccares, , if you want to show receipts I have them. Also? There’s confidentiality clauses on the one you just published but hey, you break the law every day that your family MURDERS 200 Americans . Also? I thought some old relative was the cause of the opioid crises not you , or your husband, and then? I looked into it. Got Nothing to hide you bitch . Your . People. Killed. My. People. Idiot. Missing the entire point. Come for me Sackler . With your PhD. I got no education. I ate gravel and frozen cockroaches for dessert, I was a junkie by the age of 12 and I’ll be dammed I beat your fucking drug for now.. coz I’m stupid and tough . Come on.

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Then I guess their assistants exchanged words, and Joss's team really wanted to make it work, you guys:

Then Courtney EXPOSES HA!
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I’m putting a face on it. Here is the face of the America opioid crises - fashion edition.. @josssackler #page6 #sacklerfamily come for us. I should have asked for 250 MILLION DOLLARS A DAY .in hindsight , you were let off so easy. . I have 0 issue with my naivety about your exact role as the evil witch , of the American opioid crises, I simply thought you were some dumb ass socialite with money to burn.. why not ask for a bunch for charity? . As I told @emilypagesix the reason I didn’t take your greasy , filthy money to donate joss is because there’s no way I could have stood to be near you or your “ people” also.. is it really classy to name the people like your silly publicist that you pay? Gross . #bipartisan #opiatecrises #love #hate #godblessamerica🙏 #junkiesruineditforus #phd @nangoldinstudio

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And her ugly, derivative clothes and desire to be disaffiliated from the tainted, prestigious name she's used to fund it:

She ends it with a quintessential Courtney burn:

And in between all this, she made some posts on her personal experience with opiates and the shamelessly predatory practices of Purdue Pharma. I can't fit them all in this post (thanks, LJ), but they're all on her Instagram. Here's one:
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Worst thing I have ever had to kick was opiates. Reading how the Sackler family devised recipes and dirty tricks to keep millions of people, rich and poor , smart and dumb, sick and well, respectable and not, coming back for more, better recipes of opiates, tricky and evil ways of keeping us hooked further and further , the whole country burning into this crises together now.. and not ONE. Word of repentance , not ONE dollar towards helping us. Just a whiny “ junkies ruined it for us” you made us junkies Sacklers, and you are making more “ junkies “ now, if that is what you call , PEOPLE THAT USE YOUR PRODUCT , OXYCONTIN.would love to know your OxyContin tales. I know how hardcore the allure of that stuff is. So hard to kick. I pray that I never again have to use it, “need “ it or god forbid .. want it. Shame. Shane. Shane. X

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So in this bizarre and horrible timeline, I guess Courtney Love is the unexpected warrior against the opioid crisis. Thought you all should know.

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OP's note: Courtney is a (super) problematic favorite of mine and while she does have a tendency to be, er, outspoken, I've always appreciated her fearlessness in exposing powerful people. Never forget her Harvey Weinstein 2005 warning.