On Friday, Page Six ran an item on our recent interview with Courtney Love and focused on her purported "anti-Semitic ravings." The evidence? A line half-way through the 5,550 word piece in which she states:
"Every time you buy a Nirvana record, part of that money is not going to Kurt’s child, or to me, it’s going to a handful of Jew loan officers, Jew private banks, it’s going to lawyers who are also bankers . . ."
Page Six, to its credit, makes mention of the fact that Ms. Love also explores her Jewish heritage in the interview–to be sure, these are not "anti-Semitic ravings" of the Mel Gibson variety. Unfortunately, it seemed not to matter too much to the editors of Page Six that the remarks made by this woman of Jewish background were being made in the context of a Jewish conversation in a Jewish magazine. Like it or not–and over the seven years we’ve been publishing Heeb we’ve found that many do not, but the simple fact remains:
This is how Jews talk to Jews.
I’m not naive. This is Page Six here. I don’t want to remove their item from its context the same way I’m complaining that they’re removing our feature from its context. Page Six is a place to revel in that exquisite mix of schadenfreude and the sensational–it is its bread and butter and its readers understand that. Hell, I’m a fan of Page Six and I don’t want it waxing on the construction of the contemporary rock icon and how femininity gets connected with sickness and hysteria as it enters the pop limelight.
But the fact remains, that since our Winter Issue hit newsstands last month, we’ve been told time and time again (not just by my parents) that our interview with Ms. Love was the most flattering portrait of her ever painted–that she never seemed so likeable, so sympathetic. That’s why it’s disturbing to see the interview being used to cast her yet again as a mad woman.
Maybe I’m wrong. Read the interview in its entirety and see if you hear the ravings of intolerance. Certainly, Ms. Love is opinionated, paradoxical, outspoken, candid, and even sometimes infuriating. But that’s why we love her.