28 June 2021

Did Olivia Rodrigo Rip Off Hole’s Iconic Artwork?

Here's HUNGER's guide to this intergenerational celebrity beef.

Courtney Love has taken to Instagram to accuse Olivia Rodrigo of copying the artwork for Hole’s 1994 album Live Through This, conceptualised by Love and shot by Ellen von Unworth.

On Friday 25 June, Love reposted  the promotional image for concert film Sour Prom, with the caption “spot the difference! #twinning! 🥸@oliviarodrigo 😉👸👸”. Rodrigo had already teased the image on her personal Instagram, which depicts her crying with a bouquet of flowers and tiara, ahead of the film’s release on Tuesday 29 June.

Seemingly unperturbed, Rodrigo has commented on the post with; “love u and live through this sooooo much,” while other notable figures have been somewhat more vocal in the comments. The official Instagram account for the band Garbage, for example, wrote; “You did it best though babe. Always and forever.”

As Love insinuated in her post, Rodrigo’s image resembles the cover of Hole’s album Live Through This, where Love is also in tears while holding a bouquet and wearing a tiara. The musician made the accusation more explicit on Facebook, where she commented; “I dislike someone not asking permission of me or Ellen von Unwerth.”

Elsewhere on the Internet, the social media accounts for Brooklyn band Honey Cutt have been commenting on similarities between Rodrigo’s promotional images and video for single “Good 4 U” and the aesthetic of  band Pom Pom Squad, which often sees frontwoman Mia Berrin wearing cheerleading outfits.


See posts from Love and Honey Cutt below. 

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