WARNING: Some foul language below
Over the past year, Justin Bieber has been photographed wearing a Nirvana shirt on multiple occasions.
For that fashion choice the Canadian singer was labelled a “poser” and was forced to defend his fandom of the former ’90s grunge band.
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Now, after putting on his Purpose World Tour opening show in Seattle, Wash. (the perceived epicentre of grunge), Bieber, 22, is receiving the ire of Nirvana fans for wearing a Kurt Cobain T-shirt, two flannel shirts and ripped jeans. He also performed a set inspired by the band’s 1993 unplugged concert. (Fun fact: Bieber wasn’t even born when this show took place.)
Justin Bieber being Kurt Cobain? Lol fuck you, if Kurt’s alive today, he would be shooting shotgun shrapnels into Bieber’s stubborn head.
— N8 (@highimn8) March 16, 2016
1994 was the worst year ever. Kurt Cobain died and Justin Bieber was born.
— Edward La Torre (@wreckognyz) March 16, 2016
#IfIHadTheMagicLamp I’d trade Bieber for a healthy and ready to write music again 27 year old Kurt Cobain
— Atom Heart Brickman (@mikefdupjourney) February 28, 2016
Here’s some footage from his Seattle concert that provoked the rage of Nirvana fans:
This does kind of fit into the “heart-shaped box” category, doesn’t it? (Heart-Shaped Box is a Nirvana song from their In Utero album.)
Bieber’s stylist, Karla Welch, told Harper’s Bazaar in Nov. 2015: “Of course he’s a fan of Nirvana. I think it’s so funny that all these people are up in arms. I’m sure Kurt Cobain would be like — I mean I can’t speak for him, obviously — but I don’t think he was so snotty or that he would diss anyone who appreciated his music. I think he understood that that is like the antithesis of music appreciation.”
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Despite all the negativity from fans, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic seems to endorse Bieber:
Everybody loves Justin. https://t.co/GUaFR3qcdV
— Krist Novoselić (@KristNovoselic) February 11, 2016
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