The Loudmouth Protestant

August 30, 2007

Amy Whino-house

Filed under: Uncategorized — nickisym @ 2:51 am

I’m sorry, I know that was a cheap jab, but I couldn’t help it. Nevertheless, as many of us know, Amy Winehouse, the authentically soulful–unlike her affected peer Joss Stone–songstress has been all over the news ever since she hit the scene in the US. She’s a heavy drinker and drug user and is known for “calling earl” on the stages that she performs on. But finally enough is enough and she has been called out by–you’ll never guess–her father-in-law.

He has demanded that fans not buy her music or support her in any way, shape or form for the duration of this week so that she will realize the terrible affect her lifestyle has on her music. I have to agree whole-heartedly with his edict. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if fans of troubled artist just stopped supporting them until they had genuine proof that the star idols are fully recovered?

Imagine…Paris would sell no sex tapes, Lindsay would sell no tickets to her flopbuster movies, Kate Moss wouldn’t even be able to sell Chanel to a crackhead and Ray Charles may not have been as big as he was if the executives pushing his album took a step back and said, “You can’t make any music until you get off that junk.” What would one call this…Hmmm…is is accountability. By Joe it is!

We hold people accountable for their actions and we add consequences for bad behavior instead of ignoring it. It happens everyday for those in the walk of faith. We reap what we sow, and God rebukes those he loves. But what of those that don’t know the love of God, who will save them? That’s when the compassion of mankind comes into play.

Is there a faction of us passionate enough about the livelihood of our brothers and sisters that we will stand up and say “I won’t buy that album, see that movie, or go to that concert because the person has a problem.” It’s a better declaration than deciding to “keep it moving” and ignore the fact that an artist you call yourself admiring for his/her talent is doped up.

It reminds me of a concert that was in town a few weeks ago from an artist I respect. I’d heard many rumors about his drug usage and I only found this out after I bought his album back in 2001. I told a friend going to his concert that supporting him in that venture is just lining his pocket to buy more drugs and she replied “Oh, but he’s been cracked out since his first album dropped, we all know that.”

But what happens when he dies from a drug overdose that was sponsored in part by the money you spent going to his concert or buying her album? Are we going to spend time supporting the problem or being a part of the solution?

I know this might be utopian of me, but something’s got to give. I’ll just pray that Amy will stop fighting Rehab and just “Go, Go, Go.”



  1. Very true, indeed. But on the other hand, her honesty and transparency is…refreshing, for mere lack of a better word. I mean, I feel like for her – and many other artists – music is her rehab. Her music is like a journal, she’s basically saying, if you leave me, I’m gonna start using again. Which isn’t really a good place to be, but at least she’s owning her issues and working through them and being truthful about how the stuff has a hold on her. Now should she be advocating the usage of such substances by showing up to concerts clearly under their influence? By no means, but I feel like this is her cry for help. Other celebrities just try to cover it up and lie about it. Isn’t acceptance like the 2nd step, or something? Everyone else is still in denial…

    Comment by Tarani — August 31, 2007 @ 12:52 am | Reply

  2. Mind altering substances have shaped art and especially music since Adam was a kid. I remember buying the ODB album back in ’95 (I’m not ashamed eventhough I should be) and it was trash; largely because ODB was nice the entire album (but mostly because he was trash, but that’s a different post.) And he never hid his habits, plural. I think Wu and weed were different sides of the same coin. But when artists are that open about their vices, it almost seems like that behavior being ratified by people who buy the albums. Impressionable people may believe that too much chronic isnt bad because if it was bad, their favorite artist wouldn’t be so popular. Bad people aren’t popular (are they?)

    Anyway, transparency and sincere expression are important in art. but making jingles advertising your addictions is somewhat irresponsible.

    Comment by Jay — August 31, 2007 @ 3:46 am | Reply

  3. When I read this I was a little confused. So how exactly does not buying an artist’s music prevent them from taking drugs? Having worked with substance abuse populations rest assured that once you’re caught in the vicious cycle that is addiction you’d do worse things than go into a recording studio or on stage to get drugs. Just because you’re broke you won’t stop using.

    If you want to support an artist in trouble stop watching E!, stop buying InTouch and all the other gossip magazines, stop watching the VMAs, Oscars, Golden Globes,… and stop listening to Joan Rivers and the lot.

    Pete Doherty would have taken his chance in rehab a long time ago if the public wasn’t so interested in his escapades. How are you ever supposed to find peace of mind and tackle your problems if every move you make is monitored by a public that delights in your demise.

    I never liked Britney Spears, but I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her to be set up to make a fool of yourself on international TV. From America’s sweetheart (remember her making saving yourself popular?) to America’s doormat. And then having Sarah Silverman sent after her to finish her off. Grand job to kick a woman when she’s down btw. I’d probably be taking drugs too, if I were in her shoes. Although they’d probably prescription drugs under the supervision of a health professional.

    Where were the good friends and family that should have told her to pass up on this “opportunity”? Where are the friends that support her in rehab and help her kids make it through the difficult times? Where was Kurt Cobain’s manager or Courtney Love during his darkest hour? Where was the father that told Michael Jackson to take a break and just have fun, be a kid and make some friends when he was young? Drew Barrymore had her first cocaine experiences when she was 12. The problem is probably more complex than making money off your performances. Imho it’s got more to do with having to live up to a superhuman image and despairing over the discrepancy between your public persona and the realization you’re just as much a fallible human being as everyone else.

    Comment by Kristina — September 15, 2007 @ 11:33 am | Reply

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