The announcement that an Amy Winehouse hologram will embark on a three-year world tour has many of her fans crying no, no no.
The British songstress’s father, Mitch Winehouse, was “delighted” to share the news Thursday and said “all proceeds of the tour,” which starts in late 2019, will go to the charitable foundation created in her name. However, there has been a backlash against the decision. The very idea of the tour is being bashed as exploitive, and Winehouse’s dad, a controversial character, is taking hits as well. The general sentiment is: Why can’t the Camden Town fave be left to rest in peace?
Our family is delighted to be teaming up with @BASEhologram to continue celebrating the life and work of Amy, with all proceeds of the tour, starting in late 2019, going to Amy’s Foundation to help even more young people in her name. https://t.co/F9M5V9Z8Qn
— mitch winehouse (@mitchwinehouse) October 11, 2018
Here are some of the comments made on social media.
an Amy Winehouse hologram will be on tour for three years im absolutely disgusted. Like she hasn't been exploited enough??! Let her rest in peace and stop tarnishing her legacy.
— Nick (@neutrl_) October 12, 2018
This Amy Winehouse hologram tour is a terrible idea. Didn't y'all exploit that woman enough when she was alive?
— Darianna Spooky (@Da_mal_) October 12, 2018
LOVE Amy Winehouse, but this is creepy. If I just made a donation, would they stop? https://t.co/Mkchl7ZRkC
— Essex J. Porter (@EssexKIRO7) October 12, 2018
This Amy Winehouse hologram tour is a joke. Stop using musicians deaths as cash cows.
— Joanne 🌙 (@Joanneethomass) October 12, 2018
Amy Winehouse’s estate is literally doing everything they can to disrespect her legacy postmortem
I thought the Funko Pop figure was bad but this is pretty terrible https://t.co/AoIFNGDLJR
— cam, but a goblin (@camofbeans) October 11, 2018
Imagine getting excited for a hologram of Amy Winehouse going on tour. Weirdos.
— Tom Brownlee (@TBrownlee_) October 12, 2018
Mitch himself was the target of much of the criticism. But that’s not exactly a new development — he has long been criticized for the way he’s maintained his daughter’s legacy. (One year ago, he announced an Amy Winehouse musical was in the works.)
will Amy Winehouse’s dad ever let her rest in peace
— Alice (@theunknxwnguest) October 12, 2018
Hologram of Amy Winehouse set for 2019 worldwide tour. Really?? A hologram?? Nice to see her dad is still milking her for every penny https://t.co/lH58EtWm5b
— JeFg (@Jefizus) October 12, 2018
“Fans have been clamouring for something new from Amy, but really there isn’t anything new,” Mitch Winehouse.
There's nothing new because she's dead. Let her rest. Stop mining her memory for money
— Jules LeFevre (@jules_lefevre) October 12, 2018
Mitch Winehouse works hard to maintain his spot on the list of the world’s worst humans. https://t.co/77RfYkRrmc
— Tiffany (@MsFlowersTweets) October 11, 2018
In general, people have issues with the whole hologram concept, which has been used before with deceased stars such as Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, and Roy Orbison, to name a few.
What’s next? Jesus on tour?
— IvanPupyshev (@ivan_pupyshev) October 12, 2018
Make it stop! Isn’t the Orbison hologram tour bad enough? Here’s to supporting real, live singers and real musicians, not the dead/virtual kind. https://t.co/1xMMJfGxZn
— Philip Booth (@PBoothMedia) October 11, 2018
In talking about Winehouse’s hologram tour, which will consist of a live band accompanying vocals from original recordings, her father said, “This is a dream for us. To see her perform again is something special that really can’t be put into words. Our daughter’s music touched the lives of millions of people, and it means everything that her legacy will continue in this innovative and groundbreaking way.”
Plagued by drug and alcohol addiction, Winehouse drank herself to death. She suffered alcohol poisoning in July 2011, at age 27, while drinking vodka alone in her bedroom. Her blood alcohol level was five times the legal limit. Her life, death, and music have fascinated the public, though, and a new documentary, Back to Black, will be released Nov. 2 and give fans a look at the making of her critically acclaimed final studio album of the same name.
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