The world is not ready to let go of Kurt Cobain.
On Saturday, Courtney Love shared an emotional open letter addressing Kurt Cobain on Instagram, along with a photo depicting the singer and his wife with their infant daughter. "Makes me feel so sad," she wrote in the caption. "Our baby is all grown up now. Jesus Kurt look at her face, what on earth were you thinking..!?!? God I miss you, we all miss you."
And the Internet has proved the truth of her words. The comments section of the photo quickly became flooded with a wide array of reactions. But not all were positive.
Some comments shared Courtney Love's nostalgic sentiment. "Miss you everyday, Kurt," hollywill11 wrote.
Others shared a strong sympathy for Love's situation and sent her encouragement. "Be strong, be well. Be a mother to your baby girl, who's no longer a baby, may she grow stronger from this and never, ever consider this choice as the only choice. I fear for my boy each day. He's nearly 18. Be well. Please be well and supportive," wrote oleomargarineoleo.
However, many comments leaned towards slander and hate. "It's disgusting that you still use his death to drive attention to yourself," wrote jcrush922. "You are the one who robbed Frances of a father. You're vile, this is obscene, sick and sociopathic," wrote girliesogroovy.
Several commenters weren't willing to let conspiracy theorists get the last word. User __endless_names__ asked why the hell people were still arguing over who killed Kurt. "It's getting old now," they wrote, before suggesting that part of the reasons Love gets so much hate is because of her gender. "People are just making excuses to hate her because of everything she's been through. I think if a man had been through the same things, I don't think he'd be getting this much bullshit." It's an idea that's been explored before. Just ask Yoko Ono about constantly being blamed for the Beatles breaking up.
Few other artists could generate this intense level of debate. The number of Cobain documentaries released this year speaks to the public's obsession with the narrative surrounding Love and Cobain. The January-released Montage of Heck offered an in-depth look at the tortured mind of the Nirvana frontman. It humanized him through exploring his previous suicidal tendencies, his addictions and his insecurities.
The other major documentary, Soaked in Bleach, focused on the undying conspiracy that Cobain's death was not a suicide, insinuating that Love was behind the murder. Love obviously took issue with this interpretation and attempted to stop theaters from showing the film with a strongly worded cease and desist letter.
The 10+ years of chatter show that people are not ready to move on from Cobain's death. Until they are, expect every piece of Cobain memorabilia to come accompanied with some sense of this painful struggle. It seems Cobain won't be resting in peace in the cultural conversation for a long time.