August 3, 2011
“She’s really special. She just gave me a lot of hope and she deserved a lot better than what people gave her. And I hope that the world learns a lesson from this. I really hope they do. Because it’s not her lesson to learn – it’s the world’s.” Lady Gaga on Amy Winehouse (Lady Gaga Says Amy Winehouse Deserved Better, Retrieved 8/02/11 at 4:17 pm)
Are you serious? I mean, really, Lady Gaga, really? Exactly what lesson is it that the world is supposed to learn here? Is it that Amy Winehouse didn’t deserve what she got? Or is it that somehow it was the world who did this to her and not her own self? Maybe I am just misreading the message but it seems to me that you are saying that we, not she, are culpable.
Excusez Moi, Mademoiselle Gaga, but I disagree. Amy Winehouse was a drunk and an addict. Alcohol and drug abuse killed her before her time and that is a fact. However, to lay it at everyone else’s feet flies in the face of reason. I mean, you were able to get into a recovery program with the help of your father and friends. Why couldn’t Amy? Why is it the world that needs to learn a lesson from Amy? Rather, why wasn’t Amy able to learn a lesson from you? Or Courtney Love? Or Steven Tyler and Joe Perry? Or countless other gifted artists who have managed to get straight (with or without relapse) over the years?
Don’t get me wrong, Ms. Gaga, it’s not that I don’t have any sympathy for Amy, it’s that I don’t have sympathy for your opinion. The world owed Winehouse no more than what she owed her fans, her loved ones and herself. In fact, it owed her much less. The problem stemmed from Amy and only Amy. I am sure it was tough to be her; it is tough for anyone to be who they are.
However, it is not like she had no support. She had money, she had income, she had a husband (himself an addict). Her label, her friends and her family tried to get her into rehab but she said, “No, no, no, I won’t go, go, go.” The video for that song is a clear indication that it was all a big joke to her. Apparently, in the end, she did try to face her addictions. According to her family, it was Amy trying to detox from alcohol on her own that caused her death. Funny that her addiction got the last laugh on the gag.
Sometimes when I write an essay, I find that, by the time I am through, I have changed my opinion; Ms. Gaga was actually correct, it is the world’s lesson to learn. If you are sober stay sober, if you’re not sober , take advantage of your next opportunity to get clean because it may be your last chance.