BRITAIN’S disgust with tabloid journalism was suspended yesterday in honour of Amy Winehouse.
Newsagents across the country reported sad-faced customers picking up copies of tabloid newspapers and shaking their heads mournfully as they handed over the money.
The temporarily un-disgusted readers then sat around kitchens and gastro-pub brunch tables reluctantly swapping every last detail of the death of the tragic singer and saying things like ’27 eh? Just like Judy Garland and Elvis’.
Tom Logan, from Finsbury Park, said: “I will of course go back to being disgusted with the nauseating culture of intrusive journalism next week, but I just felt I had to do this for Amy.
“She was a troubled soul who was in a constant battle with her demons, according to this remarkably detailed article in the Mail on Sunday by someone who obviously really cared about her.”
Helen Archer, from Peterborough, said: “I know that Amy would have wanted me to join the Sunday Mirror in speculating wildly.
“In her memory I will believe – and regurgitate – this heartfelt speculation and then I might play Back to Black in the car this afternoon on the way to the gym.”
Emma Bradford, from Hatfield, added: “I know that it now seems likely that she drank herself to death, but the Mail on Sunday lifted a story from the Sunday Mirror that said she took a cocktail of drugs, so I’m going to stick with that.
“If only the News of the World was still here, I would have been able to have opinions about the tragic content of her final voicemails.”
Yesterday crowds gathered outside the North London home of the tortured soul diva, craning their sad necks to respectfully gawp at her body being put in a van.
Stephen Malley, who had been standing there sensitively for an hour with his camera, said: “It’s incredibly important to me to show how much I care and I know that Amy would have wanted me to have something to talk about when I meet my friends for a drink tonight.”