The News of the World has come into possession of another slew of photos of Amy Winehouse relaxing at home. Much of it, of course, is what you'd expect - what the snootier papers call "drug paraphernalia"; Winehouse and Blake Fielder-Civil swapping pills like Lady and The Tramp with the meatball; photos with large captions along the lines of
The new element, and one which is going to make even Winehouse's biggest supporters feel a bit queasy, is some knockabout racism:
Blake pretends NOT to record the unfolding events and eggs them on, saying: "Can we have a singsong of it?"
Sarah is at first reluctant but soon warms to the action as Amy enthusiastically sings:
"Blacks, Pakis, Gooks and Nips, Gooks and Nips!
"And deaf and dumb and blind and gay!"
She repeats the first line over again and on the word "Nips" Amy pulls her eyes into slits then pushes her boobs up in a gesture to her nipples.
It's hardly evidence of planning genocide - more on a par with what Beatlesgot up to when they thought nobody was listening, for "a laugh" more than from deep political conviction; the thin sliver of ill-advised humour being impossible to discern once it finds itself in the public domain. It doesn't make it any less nasty, brutish and thoughtless, though. And managing to cram in some lazy disability and queer bashing shows a special commitment to pissing your career away.