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A few weeks ago I slammed Camilla Long for not showing enough respect to the dead following her Amy Winehouse column, but perhaps I overstretched the mark.
We’ve all seen those roadside pictures of children who were killed by drunk drivers or speeding motorists, in which the parents of the child clearly wanted their children to be used for that campaign.
I doubt, however, that this was cleared before use. This is not a matter of law in my eyes, this is a matter of common decency and respect. If the Winehouse family choose to issue similar posters, then they are within their right to do so, not a group who had nothing to do with her.
Commenting on the campaign, Gregory Logean of Young SVP said:
“The death of Amy Winehouse put a sad reality before our eyes that other parties often forget – the harmful effects of drug consumption. It is not our methods which are shocking – it is reality. We are displaying a photo that the whole world already knows. Winehouse was known not only for her songs, but above all for her drug excesses.”
Gregory Logean, as with many in the popular press, keep hammering out the line that she is as synonymous with drugs as she is with music; or that she will be remembered as a drug user before she will be remembered as a musician; and as long as campaigns like this happen, she forever will be.
Not to mention my belief that scare tactics like this, simply don’t work. As with all posters of this nature, it won’t stop somebody smoking dope for the first time or taking ecstasy in a club. And so all they’ve done is use somebody who can’t fight back, without making any grounds in their campaign at all.