Saturday, July 23, 2011

I Ain't Got Seventy Days

They tried to make her go to rehab, she said no, no, no. 

Woke up to the news that Amy Winehouse was found dead in her apartment Saturday. Though her death was considered "suspicious" by police, I don't feel that the autopsy and resulting toxicology report will surprise anyone. I've seen reports that her friends and family are "shocked" and "devastated" by her death, and maybe they are. But this wasn't a shocking tragedy like the death of Heath Ledger. We all knew that Ms. Winehouse had a drug/alcohol problem. So what's with the shock and awe?

Wasn't it just a couple of months ago that she got booed offstage at Belgrade because she was stumbling around onstage and couldn't remember the words to her own songs? And didn't she cancel the same tour after that with the excuse that she needed to go home and recover.

I wonder what happened to her support group of friends and family. Was she so far gone that they'd already abandoned her? Know where her dad was when she died? From Yahoo News: The singer's father, Mitch Winehouse, had arrived in New York this weekend to prepare for his U.S. performing debut Monday night at the Blue Note jazz club, but upon receiving news of his daughter's death was heading back home to London to be with his family, his publicist Don Lucoff said.

So, less than two months after his daughter got out of rehab and just over a month after she cancels her European tour due to her obvious drug problem, pop is in New York riding her coattails starting up his own music career. Awesome.

I just hope that she didn't die like Michael Jackson and Anna Nicole Smith. The people around them enabled them and provided the substances that the celebrities wanted/needed. 

I think what annoys me even more is that Amy became a celebrity pretty much on account of being fucked up all the time. Sure, she had one big hit (in the US). But anybody else would have faded into obscurity after their fifteen minute timer went off. She was kept in the headlines with awful pictures and tabloid stories. 

Yeah. Like that one. 

So why is the death of a known drug addict front page news? Are we all rubber necking on the internet now? Now, I'm not saying that her death wasn't a tragedy or that it isn't something to be sad over. 

But who's next? Lindsay Lohan? Charlie Sheen? 

And why do we really care?

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