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.