City Cobain, Conspiracy Theorists, and Cops
posted by October 15 at 11:23 AMon
Local photographer Curt Doughty emailed me this report of some crazy haps at Friday’s screening of the new Cobain documentary…
“So, Friday night, I was at the 7:10 showing of Kurt Cobain: About A Son, the new movie based on the taped interviews by Michael Azerad, with still photography by Charles Peterson. They were both guest speakers and did a Q&A after the film. It was going well, with questions like “what was your favorite live Nirvana show?” and “what did Kurt smell like?” (Answer: a cross between cigarettes and heroin mixed with laundry detergent).
About 15 minutes into the Q&A this total nerd with a video camera started geek-speaking his way through a tirade about “Michael Azerad, hours after the discovery of the body, you were sitting beside Kurt Loder on MTV News declaring his death a suicide?” and going on and on about how “holding onto the tapes for the past 13 years” was somehow an indictment of Mr. Azerad in a coverup of yet another “Kurt was murdered” conspiracy theory… This weirdo was quickly interrupted by the audience, who were shouting things like “get the f*ck out of here” and “you’re ruining this for everyone” and “shut the f*ck up, you moron” and “somebody call the police!”
The usher at the theatre came down and told the guy he was going to call the police, and the man stood up, approached both Peterson and Azerad, he was now holding two video cameras and shouting about his conspiracy theory. Charles told him to just "ask his question and leave so we can continue." So the man asked "why have you held onto these tapes for 13 years, because aren't you, Michael Azerad, the one who stands to gain from the release of these tapes if this movie does well"....
Mr. Azerad got a very serious look on his face, and said, "Ok, I'll tell you the truth, the reason I've held onto these tapes for so long, is because I know they're watching me, the CIA, there are microphones in my coffee mug, video cameras in my bathroom mirror..." etc. This set the crazy guy off, and he started shouting "It's not the CIA, it's the justice department, it's a murder!"
Some people in the theater were laughing, and others were completely agitated. A few people starting standing up to confront the guy, when the manager of the theatre came in and pushed him out the back door, through the curtains. You can see in the pictures, this stupid guy (in the baseball cap) and his video camera. He was also video taping all of this. Everyone in the theater was flipping the guy off, shouting "don't videotape me" and "this is private property, get the fuck out of here!"
The man left, everyone stood up and cheered. The police supposedly detained the man, but when everyone left the venue, he was still standing outside, in front of the police car with his tripod and his cameras in hand again.
It was terrible, sad and sick. What a nutbag."