Anyone who has picked up the latest Guitar Hero 5 may have noticed Kurt Cobain's likeness making an appearance, along with two Nirvana songs "Lithium" and "Smells Like Teen Spirit." It has since emerged however that the Cobain avatar can be used to play any number of songs in the game, some of which put the late singer in some rather uncharacteristic poses, with some even seeing him rapping—activities summed up by Love as "Activision smugly boasting of rape."
Now, Cobain's widow Courtney Love has spoken out against the use of the singer's image in the game on Twitter. In the 70-post rant Love claims that "FOR THE RECORD I DID NOT APPROVE KURTS AVATAR FOR GUYITARHERO5" and that she loathes the game and finds it "odious," as well as suggesting that Cobain would "despise this game" and his representation in it. This comes contrary to reports that Love, former bandmate Dave Grohl, and Universal publishing all signed off on the deal with Activision.
Love's tirade of posts, some of which verge on the non-sensical, also mention taking legal action against the games publisher Activision saying "yeah well [sic] sue activision this is disgusting." She also mentions that she "saw a piece of the [Cobain] avatar on the nightly news I actually had to vomit."
Some Twitter users have replied to Love, accusing her of going off on a rant, which of course spurred her on more saying "YOU for dismissing me as a LOON, go fucking play guitar hero commit necrophilai KNOW you are raping me and my family" and "have fun with your avatars you slimebags."
Despite denying any involvement with the game, another of Love's posts says "i was forced with literally a GUN to sell RIGHTS ask KARSH and MESTEL why the fuck activision has a fucking moving avatar," though it is not clear whether this refers directly to the game, or overall rights to Cobain's estate. She did admit to being involved in the approval process for the avatar, but claimed that she was only doing so to "drag [her] heels" and had no intention of approving it.