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Death and the Marketplace: Amy Winehouse, Jay-Z and Kanye West

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The death of Amy Winehouse has sparked a range of reactions, and yet I see the same pattern happening with her passing that I saw when Michael Jackson died, and that was already covered in detail. Basic point being that it’s interesting to see a celebrity that everyone and their mom made fun of because of her exploits outside of her music career, and then suddenly turn 180-degrees and proclaim to be her biggest fan ever after she suddenly and unexpectedly dies. For whatever reason, it seems to be completely acceptable for this sort of hypocrisy to happen in a politically correct world.

I get that speaking ill of the dead is bad form, and that’s not so much what I’m condoning here (although, admittedly, I’ve made an off-color remark or three about Winehouse since her passing). However, why are people not allowed to say how they really feel about such a situation? I’ve stated several times how I feel that political correctness has become a new form of censorship, and this seems to be a great example, just like in the case of Michael Jackson. Those who were actual fans of Winehouse who miss her music and mourn her passing, by all means, continue to do so. No one can begrudge that at all. However, I’ve seen people on Facebook who I know for a fact were bashing her before last weekend only to speak out about how tragic her passing was afterwards, and that sort of hypocrisy makes me sick. These same people will make her the punchline of a joke at a party only a few years from now.

As far as speaking ill of her now that she has passed, some have done so because it was well known that she had issues with drugs. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see the connection between being a heroin addict and dying young. Factor in that one of her most well-known songs spoke of attempts to make her go to “Rehab,” but she said “no, no, no.” What other reaction can be had in a situation like that? Remarks I’ve made about Winehouse centered around that song and how it related to the end of her career and possibly her life. They were made because I personally have a very hard time with those who do not accept personal responsibility, and Winehouse could very well fall in to that category because she chose to shoot up a needle in the first place.

That said, “the cause of death is unknown pending toxicology tests.” Those (including myself) who had a knee-jerk reaction to the news of her death as being drug-related could, in fact, look somewhat stupid in the end. If that comes to pass, I’ll be the first to eat crow, and I’ll do it in public because I can accept that I was wrong. However, if her death is due to what I suspect, I don’t want to hear a single word from some self-righteous two-face about how what I’m saying is wrong. At that point it would be absolutely correct, and unlike others who are afraid to go against the grain of being politically correct for fear of being ostracized, I’ll at least be speaking the truth, both factually and from the heart.

 

With that out of the way, let’s get to other news that happened this week that may be of further interest.

 

Apparently Jay-Z and Kanye West made record stores mad. Courtesy of Billboard (by way of 411 Music):

“Billboard.com reports that Jay-Z and Kanye West are giving iTunes and Best Buy exclusive windows to sell different editions of their Watch the Throne album, and brick-and-mortar retailers aren’t happy about this at all.

About Michael Melchor

  • http://mj-overload.com/index.php Jennie

    No jokes should be made about people with drug addictions. No jokes should be made about someone who’s dead. I was never an Amy Winehouse fan, but I was saddened when I heard of her death. She was only 27 years old. That should make people sad and anyone who can make jokes about her now needs to have their head examined. People have no compassion for anyone anymore. We would rather laugh at someone’s life falling apart then hoping they get their life together. What the hell is wrong with the people in this world?

  • Sara

    It shows how ignorant you are. People like you that do not do their research about their subject, should be restrained from writing. Michael Jackson was murdered and he was no addict. Just to let you know. You can read a bit further and see that there is an “involuntary manslaughter” pending in his case. By the way, the murderer is not the only one involved and he is only the “Fall Guy”. DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE WRITING ANYTHING, OR YOU DISCREDIT YOURSELF AND PEOPLE THINK TWICE BEFORE READING YOUR JUNK.

  • Aaron Grimm

    Sara, [Personal attack deleted by Comments Editor]. I think you completely missed the point of the entire article, getting hung up on an inane detail that you interpreted out of context. READ THE WHOLE FUCKING ARTICLE BEFORE YOU WRITE YOUR JUNK.

    BTW, Melchor, good article.

    That is all.