Online retailers have stopped selling merchandise with Kurt Cobain’s suicide letter printed on them after a petition was launched critising the “glamourisation” of mental illness and comparing the items to “shirts depicting a plane crashing into the World Trade Center”.
The late Nirvana frontman’s suicide note was printed in its entirety on shirts that were purchasable on eBay and Etsy this week. The shirts have since been removed after attention was drawn to them via social media, as well as the petition, which has so far received 175 signatures.
Julian Godlnez, who launched the petition, wrote that they “are a huge insult and slap to the face toward the legend Kurt Cobain himself, but as well as to all of his loved ones, his devoted fans, his legacy, and most importantly people around the world who currently suffer with mental illnesses of their own such as depression, anxiety and self image dysphoria.”
Godlnez continued: “Mental illness and suicidal behavior is not a fashion statement, and it is not meant to be glamorized or flaunted about on a t-shirt. These shirts do nothing but encourage impressionable minds that these tendencies and behaviors are something to be displayed proudly or as some sort of cool status. Wearing this merchandise is no different than wearing a shirt with a depiction of a plane crashing into the World Trade Center.”
People are printing Kurt Cobain’s suicide note on t-shirts. Stop being disrespectful & making money out of him. pic.twitter.com/6kEHRRExUj
— lunatic fringe (@SeanIsSatan) January 14, 2015
kurt cobain was not diagnosed with a mental illness and leave a suicide note for it to be turned into a fashion trend pic.twitter.com/fzh7YRjg63
— George (@Georgemasters_) January 12, 2015
Kurt Cobain died in 1994 after a long battle with heroin addiction and depression. The singer was sent to rehab following an accidental overdose, but escaped the facility and was found dead a week later from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Cobain’s suicide note was released in 2014 by Seattle police. The handwritten note sees Cobain discuss his loss of enthusiasm for performing and his admiration of wife Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean.
Earlier this week, it was reported that HBO’s forthcoming Kurt Cobain documentary ‘Montage of Heck’ will feature original and unheard music from the Nirvana frontman. The documentary will be broadcast for the first time in April, arriving in UK cinemas around the same time.