Whatever you may have thought of the late Amy Winehouse or her music, surely we can all agree that Congressman Ozark Billy’s willingness to use the English singer’s sad death to make a stupid political point is going too far, even for a Tea Party Republican:
Here is how London’s Daily Mail reported this embarrassing episode:
A Republican congressman has faced a furious backlash after he compared the U.S. debt ceiling crisis to the tragic demise of soul singer Amy Winehouse.
Just two days after the Back to Black singer was found dead at her home in Camden, North London, Missouri congressman Billy Long chose to express his views about the state of American politics through the crudest of metaphors.
Referring to suggestions that Miss Winehouse died because of drug and drink abuse, he wrote on Twitter: ‘No one could reach #AmyWinehouse before it was too late. Can anyone reach Washington before it’s too late? Both addicted – same fate???’
Winehouse, who has not yet been buried, had for years battled depression as well as addiction to drink and hard drugs before she passed away, aged just 27, on Saturday.
Today’s tweet by Mr Long, which he posted using his @auctnr1 account, was seen by many critics as written in the poorest taste.
The congressman’s online followers immediately responded, slamming him for his choice of analogy.
Adam David Givens wrote: ‘Oh I’m sry @auctnr1 did the autopsy rprt show #amywinehouse died b/c of addiction? It’s not out yet so don’t use some1 tragedy for ur gain.’
William Lynch wrote: ‘I want to hear from the people that elected Billy Long. How many of you would take it back?’
William Lynch, by the way, is a former Joplin resident.