Dear sweet fucking Christ, sometimes someone does something that just does your job for you. As no doubt some of you will have already seen, yesterday everyone’s least favourite arsewipe, Jared Leto, released what can only be described as a “repugnant ego-driven tribute” video to Kurt Cobain, on what was the 17th anniversary of the Nirvana frontman’s death. Check out the video after the jump if you think your stomach is up to it.
Leto wasn’t content with just giving a message about Cobain’s inspiration to him. Oh no. He wasn’t even happy just doing a low-key acoustic cover-montage of some of Nirvana’s most iconic songs. OH HELLS NO. No, Hollywood actor Jared Leto would only be satisfied if he could dress up as the dead rockstar and then do he “best” (and even those inverted commas seem somewhat redundant for the feelings we’re trying to express here) impersonation of the deceased frontman’s vocal stylings.
What does Mr Leto himself have to say to justify this…abomination:
I heard today (April 5) was the day Kurt passed away 17 years ago. Can’t believe it’s been that long. So grateful for his contribution and inspiration. Not sure I’d be doing this if it weren’t for him. He gave us all permission to create no matter what our skill set and reminded me that dreams are possible. Thanks for that. This made me recall a short piece of film I shot when I heard they were making a film celebrating his life. I made it to explore the character and explore creative possibilities. I never sent it to the studio or to anyone but thought I’d share it now…
– Jared Leto
Fuck off. Seriously, Leto, just fuck off.
Particularly irksome is the fact that this video was uploaded to YouTube by the 30 Seconds To Mars camp on February 21. So what? Well, now while we realise that knocking together something as toe-curlingly offensive as Leto’s tribute wasn’t an overnight job, it does show up Leto’s statement that he only “heard today (April 5)” about the anniversary of Cobain’s death as an outright fabrication, and instead as the words of a cynical egomaniac.
There was much talk once upon a time of Leto playing Cobain in a biopic of the star. Ummm…
Do we even need to explain just what it is about this video that is so jaw-droppingly, mind-blowingly crass about this? We’re more interested to see if any 30 Seconds To Mars fans out there can think of a single, viable explanation for why this isn’t the single most insulting “tribute” to a dead rockstar ever recorded? We know there’s plenty of 30STM fans out there – you fan-bomb enough end-of-year polls and the like whenever Leto and co. are in the running. So please, enlighten us. Speak up.