People always told me [Courtney Love] was super-difficult, and I didn’t believe them because that’s what people say about all women. And then she assaulted me and that was really sad. I was a fan and I stuck up for her when people said shit about her, so I was like, ‘Wow, why is this happening to me?’ It was really depressing and I wish it didn’t happen. It’s not fun to be punched in the face, and it was really hard for me that it became a joke heard ’round the indie rock world, because I didn’t do anything to deserve it.
Kathleen Hanna on that time Courtney Love punched her at Lollapalooza
That was really cathartic to me. I walked off the stage and was like, OK, that was just like 20 years of therapy. It was really great because it was one of those things that I’ve just avoided for so long. Or I tell it in a way just to get it over with, and it was really nice to be able to just tell the story in the way I wanted to tell it. I hate when things become overly historicized.
former Bikini Kill singer Kathleen Hanna, on telling the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” title-origin story onstage last year