Saturday, July 12, 2008

An Ethical Dilemma

Would purchasing songs by Amy Winehouse merely encourage her behavior, and would I therefore be morally culpable if I wanted "Rehab" on my ipod?

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5 Comments:

Blogger Andy said...

No, go ahead and buy it because it's brilliant and she's genuinely talented, unlike a lot of the other trainwrecks the media parades past us. Hopefully she'll come to her senses and pull herself out of this mess she's in, but that will be irrespective of whether you purchase her song or not. As a gay man and fan of the tragic diva, I urge you to get this song!!!

10:50 PM  
Blogger Neel Mehta said...

Sorry, I disagree with Andy. While I lack standing in this regard, I do think she's an embarrassment to the labels "tragic" and "diva." (Of course, these days Kathy Griffin seems to qualify for the latter, so, whatever.)

Buy it when she's dead, and you know that her royalties will likely go to charitable causes.

You can wait a few months, right?

2:33 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

Get it from the library.
No cash involved and supporting a slightly socialist system.

Or get the original artist instead.

2:53 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

Does that mean I abetted the debauchery of Led Zeppelin and the death of John Bonham by buying their albums?

Does that mean if I download Michael Bolton's songs, I'll just be facilitating his addiction to Siberian farm animal p(o)rn?

In all seriousness, I think all we should expect from musicians is music. We give them our money and our attention and that's enough. Hopefully, tortured artists have family and friends (or at least managers) to keep them from hurting themselves (or at least their earning potential). If not, there's not much us audience members can do about it.

8:18 AM  
Blogger Quinn said...

Screw it. I bought the single. (Julie, I looked at the library option, but there was an 85 person wait list.)

7:30 PM  

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