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And yet it is: Kurt Cobain shilling for Doc Martens from the afterlife.
Thank you, Gawker and Slog tipper J.Milwaukee, and fuck you, Courtney.
My stomach is turning and bleeding for KC.
That is fucked.
Oh my god....
I can't even begin to express how much that pisses me off... Using Cobain Joey and Strummer like that is just unreal.
However, for some odd reason, it seems to piss me off more then Vicious is shown in heaven. Kinda odd...
Um, wouldn't he be in hell?
As somebody who helps produce and manufacture books about dead celebs to line the pockets of the estates/children/spouses of said dead celebs, I see nothing surprising about this ad.
Cobain is already at the top of Forbes' 2006 highest-earning dead celebrities list, beating out perennial dead favorites Elvis and Marilyn Monroe.
Oh god... this smacks of one of my biggest pet peeves: The Celebrities in Heaven pictures.
You know, those stupid paintings of Marylin Monroe and James Dean and Humphrey Bogart all sitting in some divine malt shop.
Later ones had Jimi Hendrix with Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin all sitting together at some bar.
I guess the newest one will have 80's/90's rockers in some Great CBGB's in the Sky. Blech.
In response to #5
Is it suprising? No, not really.
Is it right? I don't even think it comes close.
Apparently, Courtney claims to have not been aware of this until the ad started to run (in the UK, only). I don't know if laws there are different regarding restrictions on using other people's likeness in ads...
Although, I'm not really one to defend her... I think she's a stupid whore.
I usually love Courtney, but this fucking sucks.
I think it's the funniest thing I've ever seen.
great. now he'll have to kill himself again.
I'm sort of baffled why Doc Martin actually thought this was a good idea. Didn't it occur to them that it was as likely to offend/nauseate/piss off as many people as it attracts? It certainly doesn't make me want to buy a pair of their boots. Ugh.
@ 14: AMEN!
@1 &2: Well said. *tear*
According to Dr. Martens, this ad has already been pulled and they will no longer be working with the responsible agency.
the image of KC in heaven is a bit crass, yeah. but my understanding is that DM has stopped running the ad and fired the agency (http://thedailyswarm.com/swarm/exclusive-dr-martens-saatchi-youre-fired/)
anyway, as if Kurt Cobain is a paragon of pureness or integrity. he was an out of control and mentally ill heroin addict who left behind a baby girl. his music may have been great, but he's no role model.
rock and roll sold out decades ago.
It looks like it was only a spec ad, and (thankfully) Doc Martens fired the group that made it. BoingBoing has the details here.
The ad actually never ran, it was leaked by the ad company, which has now been fired: http://www.boingboing.net/2007/05/24/dr_martens_fires_ad_.html
i love when four people post the same comment at the same time!
Human nature is sort of disappointing, though. What if your dead _____ was a famous cultural force who, in addition to being a beloved and world changing and awesome artistic icon, was also a virtually bottomless source of revenue (as advised by your lawyers). If you found yourself the executor of that person's estate, you might find yourself being offered ridiculous amounts of money on a very regular basis to use the likeness of your beloved _______ to sell who knows what. Maybe at first you resist 100%; you tell every Tom, Dick, and Harry offering you $500,000 to slap your ______'s face on the side of a billboard promoting Gas-X to fuck off and die, and that you love _____ too much and respect their memory and what not to ever "sell them out" to soulless advertisers.
But eventually, and I mean eventually, it might turn out that you (and by you I mean the royal you), too, have a price, and be it because you've simply been worn down or because you fell victim to the perfect pitch or because you suddenly realize your life would be better and that ______ would want your life to be enhanced by purchasing, say, a yacht, or some other ostentatious hallmark of success, and you sign on the dotted line and receive a giant Publisher's Clearing House-sized check with a lot of zeros on it and all that $$$ turns out to be a fucking seductive siren that pulls you off your high moral horse and into a more Republican tax bracket and before long you've accepted enough dead _____ cash and done enough blow that you probably don't care so much about whether or not people think you're a cunt or not for selling out ______ to sell sneakers or guitars or "Best Of" MTV Unplugged CDs or lube or Segways or Emo buttons or sweatshirts or literally anything that can be branded because now that you've crossed over and sold _____ once, it becomes easier and easier to do it again and again for increasingly meaningless swag because now you've got a rich lifestyle to support and you'll be damed if you're going to stop buying blow and yachts and hookers and treasure just because somebody who went to _______'s funeral at the Seattle Center when they were in junior high says you're a bitch.
I think the majority of people would take the money; it's the exceptional person that would sit on the rights of their famous dead spouse and not capitalize on it in some arguably sleazy way.
Just read this statement from Courtney's handler:
""Courtney had no idea this was taking place and would never have approved it. She thinks it's outrageous that a company is allowed to commercially gain from such a despicable use of her husband's picture."
"It does appear that in the U.K. what Dr. Martens has done is allowed. Courtney did not, and would not, approve of such a use of Kurt's name and likeness."
I think she's just pissed because she didn't get that big check from Dr. Marten's yet. They probably realize she's too much of a mess to get a real lawsuit together.
I think there's a band called Kurt Cobain in Heaven (wearing boots) playing at some KEXP local band show coming up. Probably will be.
The people that should be upset are the ones at Converse. I don't think I ever saw Kurt wearing anything but Converse Chuck Taylors. Doc Martins? Hell No!
i'm not sure what all the fuss is about. the guy was a total sellout douche when he was alive. why would you expect anything less of him when he's dead?
Doc Marten has got to be thrilled that they're getting so much negative publicity from an ad that they rejected. Good old Internet...
According to the Bible, you can't get into heaven via suicide. So look at it from an evangelical standpoint: it HAS to be fiction.
gawd, please enough! every time someone from seattle WHINES about kurt cobain a kitty dies, okay?? we get it, you love him, but he's DEAD.
now let's move on shall we?
Geez, yeah good thing we don't ever see the likenesses of George Washington, Elvis, Mozart, Einstein or a million other dead people being leveraged in advertising every day. I'm surprised everyone is so shocked and dismayed. They are cultural icons. Fair game.
in other news, heroin is still a bummer.
the only problem i have with this ad is that his brains aren't splattered all over his robe. shouldn't the lower half of his face be missing?
the real reason the ad got pulled...
"The image above comes from a Doc Martens campaign designed to "communicate that Dr. Martens boots are 'made to last,' "
everyone know shoes don't get worn out while walking on clouds
Once a Broadway bead store skank, always a Broadway bead store skank.
or how about...
You can take the skank out of the Broadway bead store, but you can't take the Broadway bead store out of the skank
skankety skank skank skank
I believe I just threw up a little.
Dr Martens was sold to Guess, and now they're made in China instead of England.
HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAH! Poor baby being used for profit..Seattle and their golden cows.
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