Don’t take this the wrong way. It’s very, very sad when anyone dies, especially someone who is only 27. Amy Winehouse’s death is undoubtably a tragedy and we should remember her.
But her death should not overshadow the nearly 100 innocent people who are dead through no fault of their own in Norway.
While I may fondly listen to “Back to Black” when I’m out and about tonight, my thoughts are with the people of Norway.
I think there’s room in my heart to be sad for both. I don’t think it needs to be a competition.
What happened/is happening in Norway is absolutely terrible. It’s an unbelievably scary situation and my thoughts are with the people of Norway, especially on Utøya. I think it speaks to how ridiculous and out-of-control bi-partisan politics in the developed world have gotten. It’s a tragedy, a historic moment, and is not to be shrugged off or taken lightly.
That said, I have to confess that I’m more familiar with Amy Winehouse’s (short) catalog than I am with Norwegian politics. I have an emotional connection to Back to Black—it’s one of my top picks for albums to listen to in the bath after a particularly stressful or upsetting day. Sure, Amy chose to live the lifestyle that (more than likely) resulted in her death, but she was so talented when she did bother to show up. The music she created made a lot of difference in many people’s lives. It made a difference in my life.
Ask me on the record and I will tell you—the truth—that the imminent media vultures’ feast following Amy Winehouse’s death is a waste of viewers’ time that ought to be spent covering the situation on Utøya or in Oslo, or other more pressing social/political issues. But the course of my life has been such that I have emotional ties to Amy Winehouse’s music. My reactions to the two are different, but not mutually exclusive. I’m allowed to be sad that Amy Winehouse died. You can judge my thoughts, but I’d appreciate if you didn’t police them. You’re in no way obligated to share them. They’re mine.
Pick five of your favorite shows and answer the following questions about them.
1. Parks and Recreation 2. Community 3. Modern Family 4. IT Crowd 5. The Mighty Boosh
Who is your favorite character in #2? I wish I could say “the friendship between Troy and Abed!” Shirley is underrated and they need to give her more attention. I probably relate most with Britta.
Who is your least favorite character of #1? Ughhhhh, everyone is so greattttt. I guess if we’re allowed to reference seasons past, it’d have to be Mark Brendanawicz, just ‘cause he’s not very interesting IMO.
What’s your favorite episode of #4? I watched them all in a hurry so it’s hard to pick just a favorite!
What is your favorite season of #5? I really like the first season, when they’re zookeepers.
What’s your favorite relationship in #3? Awwww, they’re all so sweet! I might have to say Phil and Claire, though. I think they have the most interesting, balanced dynamic.
Who is your anti-relationship in #2? Annie and Jeff. Do not want.
How long have you watched #1? I only started in the middle of S2 but I have pretty much watched all of it, save for a handful of S1 episodes.
How did you become interested in #3? I don’t remember exactly, but I think I saw the pilot on Hulu and really liked it!
Who is your favorite actor in #5? EVERYBODY. Rich Fulcher is great. Noel Fielding is great. Julian Barratt is great. Michael Fielding is adorable.
Which show do you prefer out of #1, #2, or #5? That’s really tough but I might have to say Parks and Rec. Right now, at least. It’s between P&R and Mighty Boosh.
Which show have you seen more episodes of, #1 or #3? Parks and Rec. I think it has more episodes.
If you could be anyone from #4, who would you be? Either of Roy or Moss, because they seem to have the easiest/most chill IT jobs in the world. But probably Moss ‘cause of his sweet style.
Give a random quote from #1. "Step one: we buy into this club. Step two: we roll over to the club, either in your Mercedes-Benz or my pre-owned Acura Legend. Step three: I dagger you on the dance floor, just bounce, bounce, bounce, bouncebounce now all the ladies sayin’ bounce, bounce, bounce, bouncebounce.”
Would a #3/4 crossover work? They’re both hilarious but they have incredibly different senses of humor, not to mention totally different premises. I don’t think it would.
Which has better theme music, #2 or #4? Both of those actually have the least remarkable theme music of the five I’ve listed, I think.