While the rest of the world and the industry of entertainment are still talking about the death of singer Amy Winehouse, the one person who gave a heartfelt opinion on the matter was none other than Russell Brand, who struggled with drug addiction in the past and was able to remain clean and sober. Read the post from his blog below...
.. Now Amy Winehouse is dead, like many others whose unnecessary deaths have been retrospectively romanticised, at 27 years old. Whether this tragedy was preventable or not is now irrelevant. It is not preventable today. We have lost a beautiful and talented woman to this disease. Not all addicts have Amy’s incredible talent. Or Kurt’s or Jimi’s or Janis’s, some people just get the affliction. All we can do is adapt the way we view this condition, not as a crime or a romantic affectation but as a disease that will kill. We need to review the way society treats addicts, not as criminals but as sick people in need of care. We need to look at the way our government funds rehabilitation. It is cheaper to rehabilitate an addict than to send them to prison, so criminalisation doesn’t even make economic sense. Not all of us know someone with the incredible talent that Amy had but we all know drunks and junkies and they all need help and the help is out there. All they have to do is pick up the phone and make the call. Or not. Either way, there will be a phone call.
At the end of the day people can point fingers and place blame on the individual for how their life has turned out (whether good or bad), but one thing is for certain - Amy was someone who had talent and was a gifted singer/songwriter who couldn't beat her demons. All she wanted to do was be a singer and not have to deal with the crazy fame monster that often comes with the package, and the only way she could deal was through drugs. As I said before it's not a surprise that this has happened, but now that she's gone I hope she has found the peace she's always wanted but couldn't get when she was alive.
Check out an unfinished demo M.I.A. is working on called 27, which goes out to all her friends that she's lost at the cursed age.
27 by _M_I_A_