Saturday, July 14, 2007


Courtney Love was looking pretty harsh after she trashed her hotel suite during her birthday celebration last week.

Thinking of her a few days ago, it sprang to mind how un-punk her post Kurt transformation really was. Surgically morphing herself to look like a Faye Dunaway/Donatella Versace lovechild, it seems she's done a complete 180 from her punk roots. Remember her original nose and teeth? Yeah, she had a wide nose like the grille of a locomotive and I'm sure she hoovered up impressive quantities of Bolivian marching powder, but holy crap! She's not even 40 and she's got that burn-victim look. It really makes you wonder.

In the early 90s, Courtney was the antithesis of the popular ideal, the surgically-enhanced/genetically gifted version of beauty, and she owned that and really made it work-- why should female icons all be cookie-cutter versions of beauty? Then after Kurt dispatched himself, Hollywood types turned Courtney into a make-over project. Now she's just awash on a sandbank in the low tide of popular culture.

The irony is that in today's market, Eleanor Roosevelt wouldn't make it at all, and not because her ideas were bad (oh, she had some great personality in there, too), but simply because she was remarkably un-pretty. Courtney had the spotlight on her own terms, but couldn't tough it out with original manufacturer equipment, and that's a damned shame.

Now like a tract of industrially-wasted property, Courtney Love can regret in leisure that she tried to play their reindeer games.

Speaking of self-loathing, I saw a guy abusing himself in his car at a stop light this week. I wondered if there was any point calling 9-1-1, but later on I decided a man who would do that at an intersection was probably dangerous. What do you think?


Watched The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada yesterday. I love Tommy Lee Jones, even if he is politically wrong-headed. Good, unconventional movie. Lots of gorgeous border-area Texas/Mexico footage.


Anonymous said...

Oh my, I thought she was at least a worn out looking 48.
I spotted a Mini Cooper this morning with the license SMEGHD. Red Dwarf fan or no, thats just gross and it made me think of you and I mean that in the kindest way. Loves, A

HollyB said...

The problem with pervs who will "abuse' theyselves in public is that they eventually escalate to more dangerous behavior for bigger kicks. Yeah, call 911 if it ever happens again.
Ditto on the movie, I saw Three Burials on big screen and was enchanted with the performances of all. TLJ has a lot of character flaws, but his acting chops are not to be denied.
Courtney Love...sad.

phlegmfatale said...

A - OK - I was wrong about that - she's one year older than me - she turned 43 on the 9th. Still - haggard and disturbing.

holly - it was really strange. I just pulled up to the intersection in the left-turn lane, and he was sitting, about to drive straight forward. It was disturbing. I quickly turned away before he had teh pleasure of seeing me notice him. It was incredibly strange.

Yup, on TLJ. You know, I think he looks older than he should - too much sun exposure, perhaps, but nonetheless, he has a kind of coarse charm...

Zelda said...

I saw a guy abusing himself when I was about 16. I was horrified and mesmerized.

phlegmfatale said...

yeah, zelda, it's amazing to see someone so comfortable with offending people.

FHB said...

You know, I think Courtneys thing was that she turned into a huge iconic media saint/martyr when Curt ate that 12 gage, and then she had a huge hit CD right after, and it may have all just sent her over the thin edge she was riding. Money and fame will mess up the steadiest of folks, but when you're already swimmin' in blow and everyone is tellin' you how sorry they are, and how wonderful you are, and you're a dim bulb to begin with, it's gonna be a miracle if it doesn't turn ugly.

Anyway, for a second I thought that was a picture of Farrah Fawcett. Now theres a whipeout story for the ages.

You saw what? A dude doing what? Eeeew, that's just wrong. Yea, if you don't have a pistol handy, next best thing to do is call a cop. Not that I'm not an avid onanist myself, but there's a time and place, for Christs sake.

And I have that flick on DVD. Love just about everything TLJ ever did. Thought the story was great. Based on a real event down by the border, but heavily fictionalized. My favorite thing he ever did was a TV thing called The Good Old Boys, based on an Elmer Kelton book. Check that out.

Becky said...

I'm not sure if I would've realized that was her. She looks horrible. I liked her previous nose and teeth -- I thought they were fine and she looked far better.