Is the Media to Blame for the Death of Amy Winehouse
A Talented Girl Who Sang About Real Life
Rehab Is No Joke
I remember the first time I heard the song Rehab. The song was darkly entertaining to me, the fact that here was someone singing, and I mean SAAAANGING (that girl could definitely sing…) about not wanting to go to rehab. About being depressed. About nursing that depression and loneliness with alcohol. Yeah, the song was pretty dark. Pretty entertaining.
Then it became clear this song was not just entertainment…this was real! This girl was living this life, fighting the addiction and we were all so amused, weren’t we? I mean, there were more than a few radio shows and TV personalities having a hay day betting on when she was going to die. Or just talking about it. Laughing about it. Yeah, amusing, right? She is a celebrity, afterall. That makes it okay, right?
Those same people would most likely not be amused and making such bets had she been in their family, or someone they loved. Even their neighbor they didn’t really know too well.
Why do we feel we can laugh at and be so amused by the hardships of others – even if they are a celebrity?
Why does it become okay to make jokes about someone who is going through a tough time?
Is it because seeing these famous people having the same struggles as “real” people makes us feel better?
Or do celebrities place themselves in this position just by being celebrities? Heck, they wanted the attention when they first started out, they knew what was coming...right?
I have known a few addicts in my life, so while I was amused by the lyrics in the song, I also saw the dark realism there.
I heard the pain.
The song brought back memories for me as the family member of an addict, and those memories were not good ones. Addiction can shatter families and ruin lives. Addicts may be good people who love their families and go to work and pay their bills on time. They may be a neighbor or a good friend. A stranger you pass on the street. A parent, a child. A person.
No matter who it is, they are a person, with feelings. Celebrity or not.
So how many addicted people are out there right now, struggling with the shadows of their addiction?
Come to think of it...why did her song become so popular? Was it because of the realism or the amusement?
Or the fact that so many of us could relate to that song, in one way or another, whether because of ourselves or someone we know...
And why were people so entertained by this girls pain?
Addiction is no joke. There are very real consequences. Depression and addiction can be a deadly combination, whether the death is accidental or a suicide.
Typically, creative personality types are sensitive personalities, too. Nobody likes to be made fun of, or have their issues put on blast. If a person already has self-destrutive tendencies, this type of spotlight on those tendencies may cause them to implode.
We can talk about Amy because she is someone most of us are familiar with. I could not exactly comment here about my neighbor from 15 years ago and have you know what the heck I was talking about. In this case, we all saw the public struggle she went through.
So my question to you...did the media play a role in the death of Amy Winehouse?