to think WTAF at the Amy Winehouse statue?

(68 Posts)
BattlingFanjos Fri 23-Nov-12 23:21:45

Apparently this is old news but I've only just seen it so apologies!

According to her dad Mitch, it is going to be unveiled at a "Live Aid type concert where we get maybe four, five, six hours" in Sept 2014. It doesn't say anything about money for charity or anything just that it will be a tribute to Amy at the Roundhouse in Camden.

AIBU to think that she could sing, had a good voice, sold many records and made a fair bit of money not my taste but she was obviously talented but that doing things like this are taking away from what she did in her personal life? If she was such an inspirational public figure why was it allowed to be so public that she abused drugs, alcohol and her whole body/mind?! They are sugar coating the dark side of her life! It was not fucking cool! It was sad and inevitable!!! I think her death was so sad and I have every sympathy for her poor, poor family. But come on! A fucking statue?! WHY?!

Please, someone tell me what I am missing!!

IAmSoFuckingRock Sat 24-Nov-12 03:26:21

and fwiw my mum has statues of both her dead dogs in her garden and they didn't even have amazing talent! seems amy has gone beyond the accepted criteria for having your own statue shock wink

Monty27 Sat 24-Nov-12 03:27:20

Jelly beans

Now we're talking, I'm going to tk max bed.

Nite all,

Amy you deserve an epitaph smile RIP

OutragedFromLeeds Sat 24-Nov-12 03:27:47

Where is it going, the statue?

'you didn't love her. we get it. that's not an issue for those that did. '

so we can agree that some people will like the statue and some people will think WTAF is this? That neither person is right or wrong, just a difference of opinion?

OutragedFromLeeds Sat 24-Nov-12 03:28:52

IAM I think her parents garden would be the absolute best place for a statue of her (see my earlier post).

IAmSoFuckingRock Sat 24-Nov-12 03:30:40

absoloutely a difference of opinion. i dont think there can be a right or wrong feeling about it tbh. Op asked what she was missing. i gave her my view on it.

IAmSoFuckingRock Sat 24-Nov-12 03:33:34

personally i think if it gets people thinking about their own drug use or getting help for addiction or teens/ children forming early opinions that drugs really aren't something they want to risk then it's a good thing. if it's inher parents' garden it's less likely to have a positive impact.

OutragedFromLeeds Sat 24-Nov-12 03:42:53

I really doubt that a statue of Amy Winehouse is going to make people think about their own drug use or make children/teenagers decide to steer clear. If anything it will have the opposite effect. I imagine the statue is going to depict her in her better days, not lying in a pile of sick with a needle in her arm?

IAmSoFuckingRock Sat 24-Nov-12 03:47:29

ya never know.

OutragedFromLeeds Sat 24-Nov-12 03:49:40

I would support that statue.

WelshMaenad Sat 24-Nov-12 06:32:28

We have a statue of a boxer in our town. Someone who punched people in the head for money. Just because he was a bit famous and made some dough and came from there.

So, a statue of Amy Winehouse in Camden seems perfectly reasonable.

I have never noticed anyone worship at the statue of the boxer, incidentally.

I'd also imagine any funds raised by the concert will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which seeks to educate and work with young people on the issues of drug and alcohol misuse. If that saves one person from a life of misery, that will be quite worthwhile.

BattlingFanjos Sat 24-Nov-12 09:30:39

Yes she was talented and all the rest. I don't think she was a bad person or not in need of recognition but I don't think this is the way to go about it! Monty, no sheltered life here, far from it! I've lost friends to drugs who were always very talented, creative, amazing people, no statues for them!

Outraged I agree! I'm writing it in my will! Lol.
IAm, this is not about me loving her or not. I wasn't 'against' her, quite indifferent really. I just think it seems a bit mad.

I don't think it's against rules or regulations, just fancied throwing myself out there and saying I don't think it's an appropriate way of remembering her.

Thank you Molly, I just can't see that there would be a statue if she had lived for many, many more years.

BattlingFanjos Sat 24-Nov-12 09:36:10

IAm and Outraged yup, just a difference of opinion. Not everyone is gonna agree with me (gawd wouldn't that be boring!). Just wondered what everyone else thought!

As I live in Leeds, not Camden I doubt it will have any impact on my life, it just baffled me!

Welsh there was no mention in the article of the funds going to the foundation but I would assume that they would. As that was the whole point of setting it up.

My opinion was initially that it was glamorising the drugs/drink issues, rather than her talent. I'm sure I'd feel differently if I was a massive fan.

I live in Camden and it will be a welcome distraction from the piles of sick, empty special brew cans and skunk dealers which are the only other points of interest I see in my walk home from work smile

Mrsjay Sat 24-Nov-12 10:03:04

some die young people are held on high if her dad wants to have a tribute to his daughter then why not Amy had many Fans

I am just not comfortable with her iconic status but that is what happens they die of drink drugs suicide and are held up as some musical hero , they just sang songs imo,

GhostShip Sat 24-Nov-12 10:05:30

I agree with you OP. Dying from being a drug addict isn't something we should be commemorating. Yes she had talent, I love her albums, but she hardly managed to get onto stage because she was so off it in the end.

Nancy66 Sat 24-Nov-12 10:11:16

Her dad is an attention seeking media whore who will say anything for publicity.

It probably won't happen.

Strawhatpirate Sat 24-Nov-12 10:15:02

I think the money might be better spent on projects and charities to stop other people winding up the same way. Or on causes that Amy loved.

Woozley Sat 24-Nov-12 10:18:59

I loved Amy Winehouse but I find the idea of a statue of her rather tacky.

BattlingFanjos Sat 24-Nov-12 10:29:26

Glad I'm not the only one!

It's just so sad, they are holding her up like some kind of martyr, when all I saw was a young woman who needed help. Which I'm sure she had and only those who were close to her know how much, it just doesn't sit right with me.
She's not the first though and doubt she will be the last, 'tis the society we live in.

Mrsjay Sat 24-Nov-12 10:43:09

She's not the first though and doubt she will be the last, 'tis the society we live in.

yes it is lots of artists were 'tortured souls'

I am not heartless though she did die and it was tragic

IAmSoFuckingRock Sat 24-Nov-12 15:44:16

"Dying from being a drug addict isn't something we should be commemorating. "

that isn't what is being commemorated.

GhostShip Sat 24-Nov-12 16:08:50

What is being commemorated then, pray tell? She wouldn't be having a statue had she not died.
She died due to drug abuse. Because she's died they're now wanting a statue. Why?

DayShiftDoris Sat 24-Nov-12 16:12:11

I won't even listen to her music on the radio...

If she had been a nurse, a police officer, a shoppe assistant with that behaviour lifestyle and making those choices then talented at her chosen profession or it would have unacceptable. If the same consequences of her actions had been applied then she wouldn't have got much past song 1 or 2.

I often wonder if the outcome had been different if they had deemed it unacceptable. I read an article by her dad when she disappeared for a while and he said the same thing.

My issue with a statue is that it will, again make money for an industry that did not seek to protect one of its own or it's own values...

This whole charade is not and never will be about Amy Winehouse the person... a person I thought was continually crying out for help whilst pushing at boundaries that unfortunately were not there.

IAmSoFuckingRock Sat 24-Nov-12 16:17:13

they wouldn't need a statue if she hadn't died. she'd still be here. no-one would need to remember her.

and you really cant work out that it's a statue to commemorate her life?

GhostShip Sat 24-Nov-12 16:21:24

Yes but WHY are we commemorating her life? Its doing nothing but glorifying dying young because of a drug addled life style. Its a shitty message to put across.

There's many many more people, famous and no, who deserve their lives commemorating in such a way. So I can't say I'm sorry for not wanting this one. No point trying to argue with me over my opinion.

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