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Apr 17 2012

Psychic Channels Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning. Unfortunately, I don’t think her family has alcohol as an excuse for their ludicrous claim that they regularly talk to the dead singer in heaven through a psychic medium.

Mitch Winehouse – who was left devastated when the ‘Rehab’ singer died of alcohol poisoning at the age of 27 in July last year at her north London home- says he still has contact with his daughter and she is delighted with her family’s efforts to help others through the Amy Winehouse Foundation which they set up in her memory.

Speaking as he launched the US branch of the foundation New York yesterday (11.04.12), along with Amy’s mother Janis and younger brother Alex, Mitch revealed their communication through a psychic and added: ‘[Amy] is fully behind everything that we’re doing and she’s up in heaven waving her magic wand.’

Imagine that, a psychic passing on fake but positive messages from a dead person.

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  1. 1
    Raging Bee

    They give you magic wands in Heaven? And Amy Winehouse got to Heaven despite being a total ridiculous skank and a drug-addict in denial? What do good Christian fundies on both sides of the Pond have to say about that?

  2. 2
    Walton

    And Amy Winehouse got to Heaven despite being a total ridiculous skank and a drug-addict in denial?

    Please stop with the misogynistic insults and the judgmental shaming.

  3. 3
    anandine

    Raging Bee said, Amy Winehouse got to Heaven despite being a total ridiculous skank and a drug-addict in denial

    But the girl could sing. Lots of singers live lives of varous degrees of reprehensibility, but if they can sing, we forgive them. I wonder what percentage of professional musicians have a drug or alcohol problem sometime during their career.

  4. 4
    Skip White

    I feel bad for the family. They’re clearly getting taken advantage of by the so-called psychic. I think on some level, it’s a natural response to a sudden death to want more closure, to be able to say goodbye to a loved one, even if the signs were there that such a death was perhaps likely. This response is what these frauds prey on.

  5. 5
    Michael Heath

    Blog post title:

    Psychic Channels Amy Winehouse

    Is Ms. Winehouse taking requests? I’d like to see her cover All Along the Watchtower accompanied by Jimi Hendrix. I’m not sure how Mr. Dylan will collect on royalties owed, perhaps a good word to the Decider.

  6. 6
    aaronbaker

    I feel bad for the family.

    So do I.

  7. 7
    tfkreference

    Apparently, only spirits with good attitudes are allowed to communicate with mediums.

  8. 8
    anubisprime

    Rule 101

    When trying to scam a bit of lucre…talk to the audience in a manner they will respond to…tailor your language…appeal to the lowest common denominator…and confirm their prejudice or their bias.

    Mitch Winehouse…I ‘ave me doots’ aboot’ Mitch…severe doots’…just saying!

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    chrisj

    Anandine:

    Probably quite a high one; it’s a well-known problem in a lot of creative industries, especially ones involving public performance. A lot of people find that a(n alcoholic) drink – or other psychoactive substance – makes it a bit easier to put themselves in front of an audience without collapsing in a heap of nerves, or to write down the lyrics of a song (or the next scene of a book, or whatever) without their inner critic getting them to delete the whole lot. And it becomes a habit, and then you have a second one because it’s there, and a top-up during a break, and then….

    It’s a standing gag amongst professional (classical) musicians of my acquaintance that the conductor’s real job is to make sure the orchestra comes back from the bar when the interval ends.

  10. 10
    grumpyoldfart

    Good publicity for the family and the Foundation. Money could be made.

  11. 11
    Raging Bee

    But the girl could sing.

    Could she? All I heard was a decent-but-not-outstanding singing voice made huskier by too much smoking (she got emphysema at the age of 25), which really doesn’t strike me as a good trade-off. Not a bad voice, certainly better than Madonna; but not (IMHO) really comparable to, say, Adele, Christina Aguilera, Stevie Nicks, or Whitney Houston. And certainly nothing worth fawning over like Winehouse got fawned over when she should have been given honest help.

    Lots of singers live lives of varous degrees of reprehensibility, but if they can sing, we forgive them.

    How many of them brag about refusing to get help when it’s perfectly bloody obvious they need it?

    And after all the effort we make to tell ourselves that drugs and drug addiction are bad, I think it’s both hypocritical and exploitative to “forgive” such self-destructive behavior (and the piss-poor examples they set) as long as someone can make a profit off the addict.

  12. 12
    Raging Bee

    Oh, and the word you’re lookikng for is not “forgive,” it’s “exploit.”

  13. 13
    eric

    He’d better hope that Amy isn’t fully behind the foundation the same way Jesus was fully behind Santorum’s and Bachmann’s run for President.

    Medium eric gives this free advice: de spirits, dey use a lot of reverse psychology.

  14. 14
    Raging Bee

    Please stop with the misogynistic insults and the judgmental shaming.

    Please stop with the ridiculous misplaced holier-than-thou attitude. Amy Winehouse made some incredibly shitty choices in her life, she looked and acted like undisciplined, uncaring, uneducable trash, she totally destroyed her own physical health, and she made a “hit” song out of her childish refusal to admit she had a problem and needed help. And now she’s dead, way too soon (unlike many other addicts who at least make it to middle age), because the people exploiting her self-destruction didn’t have the discipline or foresight to even do that right. If anyone deserves judgment, it’s her and the morons who “managed” her “career.”

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    d cwilson

    ‘[Amy] is fully behind everything that we’re doing and she’s up in heaven waving her magic wand.’

    Did she go to heaven or Hogwarts?

  16. 16
    jws1

    @#14: This post should be re-formulated and posted in the Jim Jeffries discussion. I think it would help to get the comment total to 1,000 by the end of the day.

    BTW, I could not agree more, Bee.

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    Walton

    Please stop with the ridiculous misplaced holier-than-thou attitude. Amy Winehouse made some incredibly shitty choices in her life, she looked and acted like undisciplined, uncaring, uneducable trash, she totally destroyed her own physical health, and she made a “hit” song out of her childish refusal to admit she had a problem and needed help. And now she’s dead, way too soon (unlike many other addicts who at least make it to middle age), because the people exploiting her self-destruction didn’t have the discipline or foresight to even do that right. If anyone deserves judgment, it’s her and the morons who “managed” her “career.”

    Misogynist insults like “skank” are never acceptable. Nor is it ever acceptable to blame a person with a drug dependency for their own illness. You can take your judgmental, sexist, smug attitude and shove it.

  18. 18
    Doug Little

    Bee @11

    Christina Aguilera > Amy Winehouse, WTF????

  19. 19
    Raging Bee

    Nor is it ever acceptable to blame a person with a drug dependency for their own illness.

    It IS acceptable to blame them for not admitting they need help, and for not choosing to seek it. It’s also acceptable to blame those so-called adults in her life who may have been able to exert some good influence on her, and chose not to do so.

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    fredricmartin

    @raging bee (whose comments I’ve enjoyed for many moons)

    From the excellent blog here at Freethought ”Sincerely Natalie Reed’

    “So, when Christopher Hitchens died after a struggle with cancer (almost certainly caused by his own addictions, I might add), did you all feel the need to point out how you saw it coming?
    Why is it that with this one particular illness it is acceptable to show so little respect and sympathy for the deceased? Why is it that when someone dies of this illness, but no other, it’s okay to openly show-off how nonchalant you can be?
    Why is it okay to treat it as all so ho-hum or boring or vaguely funny?
    It’s not really all that funny or boring for those of us who have lost the lives of friends and loved ones to addiction. Addicts are not subhumans. They are people, with lives, connections, friends and family, consequences of their existence. There are people who care for them, and who are hurt by their absence. They played a role in this world the same as anyone did.
    It’s not funny or boring for those of us who’ve almost lost our lives to that same illness either. Is this how you’d speak of me, if I relapsed and overdosed?
    We’ll mourn a suicide. We’ll recognize it (rightly) as a tragedy and a loss that should have been prevented. We’ll think about the hurt it must have caused the friends and family. We recognize it as a product of illness or misfortune beyond the deceased’s control. We’ll look at and think about the social forces that may have contributed to their death. We don’t act like they deserved it. But for drug addicts? Nope. Their own fault. Who cares. Just a dead junkie.”

  21. 21
    Raging Bee

    Yes, “Christina Aguilera > Amy Winehouse:” greater emotive range, more power, more feeling — and AFAIK, no drug addiction or other distasteful behaviors that her fans have to be warned off of. And I can look at her without wondering what I’d catch if I got too close.

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    Raging Bee

    “So, when Christopher Hitchens died after a struggle with cancer (almost certainly caused by his own addictions, I might add), did you all feel the need to point out how you saw it coming?”

    No, because Hitchens had already been honest enough about it (and other failings of his, IIRC) on his own steam. Oh, and Hitch accomplished a bit more in his life than Winehouse did. And at least he wasn’t so reckless as to get a terminal illness at TWENTY-FIVE.

    We’ll mourn a suicide…We recognize it as a product of illness or misfortune beyond the deceased’s control.

    Amy Winehouse’s self-destruction was NOT beyond her control: there were things she could have done that she didn’t do. Furthermore, there were things the so-called adults in her life (specifically, her managers) could have done, and chose not to do.

    Is this how you’d speak of me, if I relapsed and overdosed?

    IF you’d previously made a hit single of your self-indulgent refusal to get help, and made a very public spectacle of yourself as an immature, out-of-control and uncaring pop brat…maybe so. Otherwise, there’s no reason to presume I’d speak of you like I speak of her.

  23. 23
    Raging Bee

    Good publicity for the family and the Foundation. Money could be made.

    And guilt lessened. I suspect that part of this “channelling” crap is Amy’s family feeling (rightly or wrongly) that they could have done more for her; and compensating for that by pretending Amy is “waving her magic wand from Heaven” (or is it an etch-a-sketch?) and making everything okay.

  24. 24
    John Phillips, FCD

    Raging bee @ #23, that was my thought as well, having seen something similar before.

  25. 25
    Doug Little

    We will have to disagree on that one Bee. I hate the Melisma shit that Aguilera does, I guess if you are being technical it’s probably not her voice but more her style that turns me off.

  26. 26
    Gretchen

    And I can look at her without wondering what I’d catch if I got too close.

    The fact that people make asinine statements like this all of the time about women but never seem to make them about men, regardless of how promiscuous men may be or the fact that it’s generally easier for men to transmit STDs to women, helps to cement my impression that it’s misogynistic bullshit and people who say such things should be looked upon with the scorn they deserve.

    Fuck you, Raging Bee.

  27. 27
    Ace of Sevens

    TO be fair, men do get this sort of shaming when they die of HIV. That’s why Isaac Asimov’s Widow kept his cause of death secret for a long time.

  28. 28
    jba55

    Gretchen: “The fact that people make asinine statements like this all of the time about women but never seem to make them about men”

    I’ve heard this before, but it always confuses me. I’ve heard such things said about men many times, although my experiences don’t define the norm. I remember in high school me and my group of friends would fairly often speculate about what kinds of diseases the various party boys had and just the other day a buddy of mine mentioned that he wouldn’t want to share a glass with Tucker Max. I don’t know your age or where you have lived so I hesitate to say it might be a generation or geographical difference, but that’s really all I can think of.

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    Michael Heath

    I don’t see any sexism in Raging Bee’s criticism of Amy Winehouse. From my perspective she was purposefully marketing herself as a skank, which my Google dictionary defines as extremely sleazy or unpleasant. I perceive Raging Bee merely calling it as she presented herself to the public.

  30. 30
    Chris from Europe

    @Ace of Sevens
    Even if it’s perfectly clear that they are heterosexual?

  31. 31
    Raging Bee

    The fact that people make asinine statements like this all of the time about women but never seem to make them about men, regardless of how promiscuous men may be or the fact that it’s generally easier for men to transmit STDs to women…

    Who said anything about promiscuity or STDs? I was talking about her overall appearance of uncleanliness, dangerous irresponsibility, and lack of concern for her overall health. I’m not thinking STDs, I’m thinking fleas, head lice, failure to bathe regularly, that sort of thing. And yes, I do think that sort of thing about men who look similarly irresponsible and/or unhealthy.

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    Raging Bee

    Doug: That’s cool, I’m no huge fan of Aguilera either. And I don’t really have a problem with the low, smoky female blues voice either — it’s just that while other such voices can be strong and compelling, and/or sexy and alluring, Winehouse’s voice just grates on my nerves and screams “shameless train-wreck.”

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