|Amy Winehouse is dead… old news.As a matter of fact, it was old news hours after it happened. I don’t think that there were very many people who were surprised to hear about it. A lot of people where surprised that she lived as long as she did. Ms. Winehouse had been notorious with her demons… drugs and alcohol. Her single “Rehab”, signing about her refusal to be rehabilitated basically spelled out her fate to many.
So now, Ms. Winehouse will join the “Forever 27″ Club, which is a group of talented musicians who tragically passed away at the young age of 27. This group includes people such as Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. Does she deserve to be included in this list? Absolutely. She may be demonized by some for her battles with substance abuse, but Joplin and Hendrix had the exact same battles, and I’m sure that they would be demonized today if they had lived and died in the same manner today.
Ironically, there were no illegal drugs found in her system at the time of death, which means that all of the people who were quick to speculate that she overdosed SHOULD be feeling pretty stupid right about now. They probably don’t, but they should. I’ve read that the fact that she was off of drugs might have even been a contributor to her death, due to withdrawal and detoxing stress put on her body.
It’s funny what a well publicized death will do for your reputation. Will she be vindicated from her toxicology results, and praised for her attempt to become sober and turn her life around. Probably not… but if it makes any difference, she has my respect…
One thing that I’ve noticed about celebrities passing away nowadays is that people are becoming less and less respectful of the famous/departed. A lot of people refuse to feel one bit of sympathy for Ms. Winehouse… a human being… simply because of her demons. They seem to feel that she deserved it or something. It’s a sign of the times that we’re in, and a page out of the “It’s funny when it happens to them” file.
And then you have companies like Mircrosoft, who tweeted “Remember Amy Winehouse by downloading the ground-breaking ‘Back to Black’ over at Zune” shortly after her death was announced. Even though Microsoft went on to apologize for it, it just goes to show you where priorities are in this day and age. For the big corporations, it’s capitalism over people, and for the public, it’s pride over empathy.
For me, I will choose to remember Amy Winehouse with the same regard as Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. I will remember her as a motivated, talented human being who touched almost everyone that heard her voice, either positively or negatively. Whether it was the beauty in her voice, or the negative example that she set, I believe that she made the universe a better place in the 27 years that she was here. Rest In Piece.
|Second Opinion:I’m pretty upset about it. I had Courtney Love ahead of her in my junkie celebrity death pool!|