In the criminal justice system, Muppet-based offenses are considered especially heinous. In Hollywood, the dedicated eccentric who instigates these bizarre allegations is known as… Courtney Love?
The widow of late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and scientifically proven non-lunatic Courtney Love has accused the Muppets of more than just a little interspecies humping; she's claiming that their use of Nirvana's 1991 hit "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is tantamount to rape.
TMZ reports that the singer/actress is outraged that her late husband's song was used in the big-screen version of "The Muppets" without her consent, despite the fact that Love sold half of the rights to Cobain's music to Primary Wave Music, who gave the go-ahead to use "Teen Spirit" in the film.
To add insult to supposed injury, Cobain's former bandmates, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl (who has been less than enthusiastic about lending his music to other popular franchises in the past) both signed off on the decision before the music was used.
Love isn't the only celebrity who's been hopping on the "let's call anything we're pissed about rape" bandwagon – "Vertigo" star Kim Novak claimed in Variety, "I feel as if my body — or at least my body of work — has been violated by the movie," in reference to Michael Hazanavicius' use of some of the "Vertigo" score in "The Artist."
Maybe it's time celebrities stopped throwing the R-word around to describe minor injustices – or maybe awards show gift bags should start throwing in some free dictionaries.