A line of baseball jerseys and tank tops featuring an image of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain‘s suicide note on the front have been pulled from sale after a public outcry by fans of the late singer and guitarist. According toClassic Rock, the shirts were first made available through online retailer Etsy, which removed them after fans began lodging complaints that they were in poor taste. Similar tops surfaced on eBay, although they were pulled from that site as well.
A discussion about the shirts was started on Reddit, where one user commented, “This makes me question the morality of the fashion industry and how far people are willing to go just to make a quick buck.”
The user added, “I’m actually speechless and really this is just sick and obnoxious on every level, no doubt about it, I really see no logical nor creative reason to have this as a ‘fashion’ statement.”
Another user wrote, “As a huge Kurt fan, I find this s**t repulsive.”
A petition was posted at Change.org demanding that the shirts be removed from sale.
Cobain’s hand-written suicide note was discovered at the scene of his death in April 1994. The artist killed himself with a shotgun at his Seattle home.
During his brief career, Cobain’s own wardrobe of tattered jeans and flannel shirts was copied by designers who made “grunge” into a fashion style.
Nirvana biographer Charles R. Cross told us that idea of Cobain being a fashion icon was absurd:
“Kurt picked his clothes by sheer accident. They were really about his poverty. He had ripped-up jeans, he wore flannel shirts . . . the most insane aspect of his legacy is that, you know, even while Kurt was alive, fashion designers started selling fancy flannel shirts. So it’s really ironic that this style he created by accident has had such a lasting impact.”
Cobain and Nirvana were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last April, shortly after the 20th anniversary of his death.
The first authorized documentary about Cobain, titled Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck, will air on May 4th on HBO, following its premiere later this month at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
HBO stated that in addition to “dozens of Nirvana songs and performances,” the film will contain “previously unheard Cobain originals.”