March 16, 2016 9:45 am
Updated: March 16, 2016 10:00 am

Nirvana fans upset with Justin Bieber for ‘mimicking’ Kurt Cobain

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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.)

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.)

Justin Bieber in Seattle

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:

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