Frances Bean Cobain Speak Out About America's Mental Health Taboo

By Katrina Nattress

July 18, 2018

At the opening of a new exhibition of Kurt Cobain's personal possessions in Ireland, the late Nirvana frontman's daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, spoke out against what she calls the uniquely American taboo about mental health and addiction, and implied that her father would not be happy with the current injustices in the U.S.

“There is an association that is shameful and it shouldn’t be,” Frances Bean said in an interview with Reuters on Tuesday (July 17). “It’s taboo … despite the fact that it is present in our society every single day. And I think that in Europe it is a little less taboo, I think in America it is very, very frowned upon.”

When asked to comment on U.S. politics, she was blunt. “The violation of basic human rights that seems to be a prevalent theme in our country right now … I would like to believe that Kurt wouldn’t have stood for that or accepted that.”

“Growing Up Kurt Cobain” exhibition at the Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons in Kildare, Ireland, which was also attended by Kurt Cobain’s mother Wendy O’Connor and sister Kim Cobain. The show features keepsakes curated by family members, including the iconic striped sweater from the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video.

Dave Grohl recently divulged that even decades after Kurt's death, he isn't able to listen to Nirvana's music.

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