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If you have at least one very good friend (and I certainly hope you do), you'll probably go pretty far and through a lot to protect and defend them whenever necessary. For most people, this usually involves sticking up for said friend when negative words come their way, or maybe even being willing to step in to shut down a physical altercation. While those can both be true signs of friendship, sometimes things are taken to another level when the friends in question are famous. Rock star / actress Courtney Love is dealing with this right now, as she's used a few F-bombs to explain why she's refused to participate in Pam & Tommy because of good friend Pamela Anderson.
Courtney Love, who's appeared on TV shows like Sons of Anarchy, Empire, and Revenge, has, apparently, been friends with former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson for many years. Even though the recent photos of Lily James and Sebastian Stan in character as the celebrity couple during their 1995-1998 marriage have had people saying very positive things for days now, you can rest assured that Love is not amused or pleased with the idea of Hulu's Pam & Tommy mini-series.
According to the Daily Mail, Courtney Love unleashed a, now deleted, rant on her Facebook page recently, which took aim at the series overall, and Lily James in particular for agreeing to star as the Playboy cover model. In the post, Love said:
I find this so fucking outrageous. When Pam / tommy sex tape was out / myself @pattyschemel @xmadmx were making a record. 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. Last week I was asked to approve using a rolling stone cover of mine / shot by mark seliger in this piece of shit. That [the magazine] had approved. I said "fuck no." shocked. Gentleman don't approve this sort of thing.
You can definitely say that Courtney Love has a very different view of Pamela Anderson's tumultuous marriage to Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee than many others would. From what Love said, she and Anderson were already close friends by the time Anderson and Lee's honeymoon sex tape was stolen and leaked to the public. And, Love's strong feeling, even now, is that the release of that footage "utterly" "destroyed" Anderson's life.
Love also revealed that she'd been asked to grant the production the right to use her image, by way of her one of her Rolling Stone covers, in Pam & Tommy somehow. Even though the magazine saw fit to approve the usage, Love disagreed and wouldn't sign off on it as a way to support Pamela Anderson by not helping a project she feels will further sensationalize a very difficult time her friend went through.
Right now, neither Pamela Anderson nor Tommy Lee appear to have said anything publicly about the mini-series. Back in December of 2020, when Deadline revealed that Pam & Tommy was in the works, the outlet noted that neither of them were involved with the series but were aware of its existence. I can only imagine that it would, at the very least, be weird to have a part of your life put on film without being involved in the process. But, Courtney Love continued in her post, accusing Pam & Tommy of doing something much worse, and took a very direct shot at Lily James:
My heart goes out to Pammy (heart emojis). further causing her complex trauma. And shame on lily James whoever the fuck she is. #vile.
It's obvious that Courtney Love doesn't want anything to do with Pam & Tommy, and she seems pretty angry that anyone else wants to be a part of the mini-series, too. It's possible she'd feel better about the project if the subject of the sex tape weren't going to be a part of it, but Seth Rogen is set to play the man who leaked that video, and it is said to be a strong focus of the series.
Pam & Tommy is filming right now, but until we know when it will debut on Hulu, check out what's coming to the small screen with our 2021 summer TV premiere schedule.