Two female rock icons are blasting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for their alleged lack of inclusivity and diversity in choosing their inducted artists in the past few years,
Courtney Love was the first one to call out the prestigious institution for their alleged bias against women and people of color.
Meanwhile, Chrissie Hynde also gave her piece about Love’s thoughts, which opens the Rock Hall into even more vulnerability.
Courtney Love Rock Hall Issue Explained
On Mar. 10, journalist Jessica Hopper shared on her Twitter account a link to the Rock Hall’s article titled “ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME CELEBRATES WOMEN WHO ROCK,” an article highlighting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation’s calendar of events for the celebration of women’s month this March 2023.
In her Tweet, Hopper was skeptical of the Rock Hall’s rather blunt declaration.
Do they tho? 719 inductees to the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, only 61 are women. That’s 8.48%. C’mon @rockhall, it’s FUCKING GRIM BRO when yr doing worse than women-artists-on-country radio numbers (10%) and women headliners at major music festivals (13%) https://t.co/YvpCvwZ72o
— Jessica Hopper (@jesshopp) March 10, 2023
The tweet, by chance, reached the news feed of Hole vocalist Courtney Love, who shared her own thoughts about Hopper’s insights. She shared a screenshot of her message to Dave Grohl when he was inducted in 2021. Grohl has both been inducted into the Hall with Nirvana in 2013 and Foo Fighters in 2021.
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In the message, she asked him to hold the seats for icons like Tina Turner, Nina Simone, and Carole King, all acts eligible for induction but have never been inducted since. Meanwhile, Foo Fighters were inducted “4 secs later.”
@jesshopp DOES THE MATH!🙏❤️🙇🏼♀️37 years in existence & women make up 8.48% of inductees out of 719. See txt to Grohl. @rockhall ELIGIBILITY is 25 years after 1st release @foofighters were nominated 4 secs later @NinaSimoneMusic & Carole King 30 years #fixtherockandrollhalloffame pic.twitter.com/1paF6QgAcr
— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) March 10, 2023
Following her controversial tweet, she wrote a piece in The Guardian, expounding her stance titled “Why are women marginalised by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”
In the write-up, she explained how women and even people of color were often snubbed by the Rock Hall Foundation.
“Barely 8% of its inductees are female. The canon-making doesn’t just reek of sexist gatekeeping, but also purposeful ignorance and hostility,” Love wrote.
Chrissie Hynde Rock Hall Reaction
Because of Hopper and Love’s recent comments, the whole Pandora’s box around the Rock Hall and their alleged misogyny and perceived racism.
Hynde, a member of Hynde and The Pretenders, is part of the 8.48% of women inductees of the Rock Hall. Despite this, she took to social media to react to the controversy.
Hynde echoed Love’s thoughts about the induction process, even noting that except for Neil Young’s inclusion in the rather rigged system, the whole thing “was, and is, total bollocks.”
Check out her full statement below:
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