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Putting Things In Perspective: Amy Winehouse’s Death

I’m going to be blunt, our society is sincerely fucked up! We live in a time where people are famous for “being famous” (I prefer to call them the sex-tape stars), people talk about acceptance and allowing people to be who they are, then bash people for saying what they think and believe (EVERYBODY does this), the charging of the paparazzo who made Justin Bieber crash is a bigger headline than our ever-increasing deficit and the fact that we allow Bravo to be a TV channel (seriously, what the hell?). So when I was browsing CNN.com the other day and came across the headline “The Tragedy of Amy Winehouse,” it didn’t really surprise me, but it very well may have been the straw that broke the camels back.

Let me preface this by saying that I’m in no way happy or excited by the death of Amy Winehouse. Nobody wants to see such a young person die. I feel sorry for her friends and family, knowing full well the pain of losing a young loved one. With that said, let’s evaluate this story from a clear lens: Amy Winehouse was a drug addict who was talented. That’s it. If you had never heard her sing before and saw her on the streets of London smoking crack in an alley, you’d simply think to yourself, “there’s another youth, losing the battle to drugs,” and move on. But because Amy Winehouse could sing those deep contralto vocals, her death all of a sudden is labeled a “tragedy.”  Pardon me for being frank, but that dilutes the meaning of tragedy in my eyes (I say this in a national/global sense. Obviously those who were close to Ms. Winehouse are fully welcome to call this event a tragedy).

In the U.S. there are 25,000-30,000 accidental deaths each year classified as drug overdose. This should’ve been the story on CNN.com: “Winehouse death reminds us drugs are still killing thousands”. To rehash someone’s death, which under all intents and purposes could’ve been avoided, just to get more page clicks on your site is, for lack of a better phrase, horse$hit. It’s poor journalism, if you can call it that, and disrespectful to every hardworking, drug-free, good-doing citizen out there. Memorializing a drug addicts death on page space that could be used to talk someone’s good deed or alerting the world to more serious problems is a slap in the face to society.

To me, I see America becoming more superficial and juvenile on a daily basis. Newspapers (hopefully reporting REAL news) are going digital because they can’t sell enough hard-copy editions to stay afloat. Meanwhile, tabloid-esque magazines, such as Star and Us Weekly, run rampant through grocery stores and gas stations because we as a nation are stupid enough to pay $4 a pop for hot garbage, just so we can find out about Lindsay Lohan’s latest rehab bout or hear the latest on whether Tom Cruise is secretly gay (in complete honesty, I can’t wait for the Justin Bieber rumors to start in two years…). Until Americans begin to care more about issues that affect the lives and the future of the nation more than they do about who Kim Kardashian is bedding down with or some unknown person finding the perfect wedding dress, we’re screwed.

I guess what I’m really trying to say is, I really hate Bravo!

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