Monday, July 25, 2011

What Do You Think About This?

Amy Winehouse dead after 'drink and drugs binge'

Read the article

I find it sad that this woman has lost her life at the age of 27. I realize it was self-inflicted but that's irrelevant now.

What I find the saddest is how these people destroy their lives in front of others and no one does anything to stop them.

I realize there is personal responsibility and I believe she should have taken better care of herself.

What I find disturbing in a lot of these cases, Kurt Cobain, Anna Nicole Smith, etc. is that they clearly were all mentally ill. They exhibited disturbing behavior, had people all around them, yet everyone stood around and watched.

They are simply a meal ticket for the business people and parasite friends around them.

Just two days ago neighbours said they saw her arrive in a cab with Big Brother star Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace. She collapsed when she got out of the taxi and had to be carried inside.

What do you think? Am I wrong? Are these people solely responsible for their lives? Are they people they work for, agents, producers, executives responsible in any way? Is there a moral issue for the people in their lives to say "enough is enough"?


LASunsett said...

Some, like Winehouse, cannot deal with fame and fortune. Others cannot deal with emotional and/or spiritual pain. They'd rather take a pill for temporary relief than fix the source of it for a more permanent solution.

Alligator said...

"They are simply a meal ticket for the business people and parasite friends around them."

That sums it up quite neatly. Don't forget Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison and Marilyn Monroe in this list. Though these people have fame fortune and throngs of admirers, I think deep down inside they are all lacking intimacy and being valued as individuals, not "celebrities". They are very, very alone.

Chuck said...

LA, I see a lot of people on anti-depressants, etc. We medicate our troubles away

Alligator, I find it amazing that people just watched her kill herself

MK said...

Would be nice if their friends and family would talk some sense into them, but ultimately they have to live with the choices they make. Sad but that's the way it is.

cube said...

Talented people who can't deal with sudden celebrity is a phenomenon that's been with us a long time. 27 year old people don't usually die of natural causes. Unfortunately, the 27 Club goes back to Louis Chauvin in 1908.

Sadly, I don't know what anyone can do to correct a person who is under the influence of whatever. You can drag a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.

I will miss the talent and hope a lesson has been learned.

Mustang said...

In her world, she did die of natural causes. I’m not even sure why this is news. She has been on a road to nowhere for a while now. I don't have sympathy for these spoiled idiots, the king of which was Michael Jackson —it was just a matter of time.

I’ll go a step further: if we’d stop enabling these morons through “feeling sorry” for them, then maybe they’d find other ways to deal with reality. Meanwhile, as Winehouse was purchasing her drug of choice, some kid across the river didn’t even have a meal. That’s who I feel sorry for.

Alligator said...

Winehouse - I don't know that I've ever heard her music (at least, not knowing it was her). I agree with this line from Mustang "In her world, she did die of natural causes." That explains why her "friends" just stood by and watched her kill herself. They are no better morally, they're just alive and she's not. Some of the eulogies and fan responses on the Internet are way over the top. As if Ms. Winehouse's music somehow made the world a better, fairer and safer place for us all. If you liked her music, that's fine and that's your business. But beyond that I'm not buying it.

I'm not quite as harsh in my assessment as Mustang, but again M is correct: Winehouse did indeed reap what she sowed in life. Another point M mentioned that I want to examine a bit further - Leftists love to hammer conservatives, capitalists, or people just minding their own business "the rich" about how they are not doing enough to "help the poor." Yadda yadda yadda. Yet, they never say ONE WORD about celebrities who openly squander their millions on drugs, sex and the most extravagant, luxurious lifestyles possible. Why is that?

Chuck said...

MK, I agree she had to live (or die) with her choices. That doesn't absolve her friends

Cube, there is something to be said for not being able to help someone who doesn't want help

Mustang, I can't disagree. I talked to a nurse who grew up in Brazil. She could not believe how well we treated our homeless drunks. She said in Brazil they would be left under a bridge to die. I come down a little between this and feeling sorry for them

Alligator, we have a sick culture in the entertainment world

Z said...

The always irreverent Dennis Miller on the radio last night said "Amy Winehouse is dead......we lost another heroine.........addict"
He guffawed and I have to admit I had to laugh at his clever line in spite of myself.

Any death this young is so sad...but it seems that she just didn't care what anybody said in attempts to help her...her big hit was something like "Go to rehab, no no no"... how ironic is that? And our kids admire people like this!?
I read that the only person who could get her to reason was her grandmother and she died last year. That couldn't have helped.

This girl was lost.....may she finally rest in peace.

Always On Watch said...

Years ago, I read a book called Too Young To Die. The book catalogued how many Hollywood and rock stars self-destruct in various ways -- those ways usually involving drugs and alcohol. The book went way back, and I remember a chapter on Fatty Arbuckle and the orgy during which a girl died.

Over the years, I have personally known many who had substance abuse problems. I can think of only two for whom rehab actually worked long term. The good news for me was that I saw some of these people self-destruct before I reached my teens, so I'm one of those rare birds who never even smoked marijuana.

People are responsible for their own choices.

Chuck said...

Z, This girl was lost.....may she finally rest in peace.

Good point

AOW, I had a wild side when I was young - lot's of alcohol. My uncle was a drug addict while I was growing up. This was the best thing for keeping me away from drugs.

cube said...

Whinehouse had people in her life who cared about her, but she didn't listen to them. Her mother had gone so far as discuss the details of Winehouse's death because she was convinced she was on a downward spiral and it was just a matter of time.

I'm sad that there won't be anymore music from Winehouse, but there are consequences to bad choices. I hope her life will be a cautionary tale that the wise will heed.