Leave all the junkies to rot.
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The tragic passing of Amy Winehouse brought divided opinions on the amount of sympathy her death should warrant. While facebook statuses were rife with commiserations and tributes a fairly large amount of users used the social networking site to question the attention. Her highly publicised car-crash lifestyle led many to think she was not worthy of sympathy. Some trending examples.. ‘She made her bed and is now laying in it.’ ‘She was given all the opportunities that people dream of yet she wasted it all away through her own bad choices.’ ‘She got what was coming to her.’ ‘Why are we wasting headlines on some ‘dead beat celebrity’ when there are soldiers dying while fighting for our country?’ Addiction and substance abuse bring a whole realm of negative connotations. Scum, homeless, dirty and worthless. We hear addict and we see toothless tramp begging on the street corner, asking for our hard earned honest cash to get their fix – the cheek of it! An angry builder posted photos to an online forum of needles found on a window sill before work one morning which sparked an array of abuse; Rubix_Cube says; “Shoot them..... would save the strain on the NHS, would lower the crime rate, would allow a better level of life for all...” P1-0031 says; “Everytime they go for their methadone, round them up and fuck them onto a train. Take them up to a remote island, build very very high walls round it and leave them to fucking rot and die.” Following the leak of the video of Amy Winehouse smoking crack The Sun accompany the video with their potent use of words; “The footage also laid bare the Back To Black singer's squalid lifestyle as she stumbled around in a grubby vest surrounded by junkies and parasitic hangers-on..At one point, lank-haired Amy is warned to watch out for smashed glass on the floor as she scours a bedroom for her kitten barefoot.”
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