I liked Amy Winehouse because her voice was awesome and emotive. I saw her dragged through the papers and humiliated for the addictions that she had, and as someone related to an addict or two, I appreciate how hard that can be – especially when you’ve caused the problem through your own destructive behaviour in the first place. Amy died today and it made me extremely sad, so, so sad.
Yesterday in Oslo, a man detonated a huge bomb and killed seven people – I watched at work as the news unfolded on my twitter stream and on news websites, and then as I sat there in my office, in another part of the world a man opened fire and killed over eighty (maybe even more…) teenagers who were defenceless, and I sat there not being able to do a thing about it.
The sheer horror I felt, like millions of others felt, still hasn’t quite sunk in because it’s difficult to imagine how horrific what has happened in Norway is. I can’t think about it without tears coming to my eyes. When news broke that Amy Winehouse had died, people on my facebook and twitter feeds started expressing their shock and grief. Then others began questioning those first set of peoples sense of empathy and priority.
How dare people mourn the loss of a celebrity singer when dozens of innocent people in Norway had been killed?
I haven’t blogged directly about the “Elevator gate” saga because so many others said what needed to be said, but the thing that most people were critical of during “Elevatorgate” was the way in which Richard Dawkins, in the blog comments of PZ Myers blog, suggested that Watson needed to get a sense of priority – how dare she moan about being made to feel uncomfortable in an elevator when women are being beaten and raped and oppressed daily in other parts of the world.
The very people I saw talking about how Dawkins was wrong to express this dismissal of another persons feelings are now judging me and others for have the audacity to write about how sad we are to hear that Amy Winehouse, of whom we are fans, had died at the tragic age of 27.
How dare we mourn the loss of one life when elsewhere in the world dozens are dying? How dare we be so shallow? Don’t these people have a sense of perspective? Hello?! Haven’t these people seen what is happening in Norway?! DUH!!
Well, let me just set a few things straight here for those who seem so clueless as to why people would dare talk about how sad they are at the death of Winehouse.
I would also feel this sad about Amy Winehouse’s death on any other day, and I wont apologise for that simply because her death happened on the same day as the true horror of the attacks in Norway unfolded. Just because I am saddened that we lost Amy Winehouse today doesn’t mean that I am not also saddened and horrified by what has happened in Norway.
If you didn’t like Amy Winehouse then good for you, I did, and I am truly sad that she has died. If that makes me a bad, horrible person, then I am guilty as charged.
People who preach at others about how they should and should not act, how they should and should not feel are starting to really annoy me. It’s incredible that people who claim to be rational thinkers can see the world through such narrow minds and be truly shocked that other people don’t always think the same way they do.