Courtney Love's Tweets Land Her in Court
Thu, 06 Jan 2011 10:11:32
The "court" in Courtney Love is now literal. The Hole singer and drama queen, known for her social media tirades against her daughter and just about anyone who comes within keyboard-shot of her, is being sued for defamation of character by designer Dawn Simorangkir. The designer claims that Love's March 2009 Twitter tirade against her damaged her reputation and career. This marks the first high-profile defamation case based on a celebrity's Twitter postings. Simorangkir claims that Love wields enough influence in the social media sphere to run her out of business. I am going to disagree with that point; Love does not have that much pop culture power, not in 2011. Or even in 2000!
Love posted Tweets that referred to Simorangkir was a drug-pushing prostitute with a history of assault and battery who lost custody of her own child and capitalized on Love's fame before stealing from her. Love's lawyers claim that her followers on Twitter won't take her tirades as fact, but as opinion and therefore are not defaming.
What a freakin' mess. But in all seriousness, this is an important case since it would be landmark legislation if a Tweet can be considered something to be governed.
The trial begins January 18th.
Do you follow Courtney Love on Twitter? Does this defamation suit seem fair?