I think Amy Winehouse has received too much media attention.
So what kind of a hypocrite would devote a blog to her, you may be asking yourself. The answer is that I think her death yesterday brings up other questions concerning people’s fascination with celebrity and the media’s rush to capitalize on said obsession.
On my personal Facebook page, I posted the following statement, and got quite a bit of response. I am putting the post and a sample of the responses here, as it obviously has sparked some discussion.
I wrote: “People will treat Amy Winehouse’s death as the tragic loss of a cultural icon. I think it is the case of a talented singer who did not make a serious cultural impact on the industry, embarrassed herself time and again in public, dissed better performers and called them names, and did not contribute to society with charity or donations. Don’t create a saint…”
Here are some of the responses:
Shelley wrote: “It’s a shame, but not much of a shock, and yes, she made her own choices. By comparison, almost 90 people died in Norway through no fault or choices of their own. The media really need to get it right.”
Craig wrote: “She is neither above nor below no one- in life and in death.”
Sandy wrote: “I fail to see why this is compared to what happened in Norway. Then you can say, well why was everyone so sad about Janis Joplin when so many died in the Vietnam War? It makes no sense to compare tragedies that just happened to occur at the same time…can’t both be sad and tragic and a waste of lives?”
Jay said: “When someone famous to the world’s standards dies, it does rattle viewpoints of immortality.”
I do think one thing that makes her death of note is the fact that she died at the age of 27, joining the infamous “27 Club” many celebrities belong to. I still say to make her into some kind of immortal diva that revolutionized the music industry is ridiculous. I had to roll my eyes at one of the top morning news programs already doing a feature on her and illustrating the story with animated picture frames of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and….Amy Winehouse.
In my mind, that is comparing apples and oranges.
Is her death tragic? Yes. Is it a waste of talent? Yes. As a person, a human being, does she deserve the respect and recognition that everyone deserves after their passing? Absolutely.
So far, I just have not seen the coverage being kept in perspective.
What do you think? And yes, I guess I am a hypocrite, and it hurt a little to hit the “post” button.