Courtney Love Is Not Here for Hulu’s “Pam & Tommy”
Love called the series "outrageous," expressing sympathy for Pamela Anderson
Hulu’s forthcoming Pam & Tommy miniseries — which will detail the whirlwind romance between Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee, including their infamous sex tape — has quickly become one of the platforms’s most anticipated projects of the year. Why? Because like fellow blonde bombshells Marilyn Monroe and Anna Nicole Smith, Pamela Anderson remains an object of America’s inalienable, unquenchable and sometimes morbid fascination with busty blonde women. More than thirty years after her Baywatch debut, put Pamela Anderson — or her likeness — in something, and people will still pay attention.
At least one person isn’t particularly excited about the new Hulu series, however. On Friday, Courtney Love took to Facebook to air her grievances with the project, People reported, somewhat unintelligibly defending Anderson and slamming the miniseries for capitalizing on the sex tape scandal that “destroyed” Anderson’s life.
“I find this so f—ing outrageous,” Love began in her post. “When Pam / Tommy sex tape was out / myself @pattyschemel @xmadmx were making a record,” Love continued. “And the lone women in many recording studios in LA. Where all / ALL! The staff engineers / producers / owners / were watching the sex tape with huge schadenfraude.. Guffaws, It was disgusting. I banned anyone discussing it.. It destroyed my friend Pamelas life. Utterly.”
Love also claimed she was asked for permission to use her likeness in the series, a request which, unsurprisingly, she denied. Asked to approve the use of one of her Rolling Stone covers in the series, “I said f— no,” Love wrote.
The star also had a few choice words for actress Lily James, who portrays Anderson in the series. “My heart goes out to Pammy,” Love wrote. “And shame on Lily James whoever the f— she is. #vile,” Love wrote.
Anderson and Lee, who married in 1995 and divorced in 1998, have yet to comment on the series themselves. However, Anderson has spoken about the sex tape scandal in recent years. “I’ve never seen it. I made not one dollar. It was stolen property. We made a deal to stop all the shenanigans,” Anderson said during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live in 2015. “I was seven months pregnant with Dylan and thinking it was affecting the pregnancy with the stress and said, ‘I’m not going to court anymore. I’m not being deposed anymore by these horny, weird lawyer men. I don’t want to talk about my vagina anymore or my public sex — anything.’”
So while we may not know how Anderson feels about the new Hulu series specifically, it seems Love’s condemnation may not be entirely uncalled for — though the attack on Lily James feels perhaps a bit unnecessary. After all, Anderson has made it pretty clear that she has long since tired of discussing the sex tape that was released without her consent, and is presumably not thrilled by the prospect of once again having that trauma broadcast to the world in a buzzy miniseries. Unfortunately for Anderson, exploiting our beautiful blonde women is as American as apple pie — a national pastime that will likely far outlive our waning passion for baseball. Put Pamela Anderson — or her trauma — in something, and we’ll all stop and stare, even if we know better.
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