I don't know what it is that caused Seal to suddenly decide to kick the corpse of Amy Winehouse about, but, boy, is he angry:
"I used to get quite angry at Amy Winehouse because I love our industry, I think it has a lot of integrity and don't think it's a birthright to be part of it," he told the Daily Star.What? She didn't "respect" the music industry? Obviously, her recent death makes Seal's comments tasteless, but even if she was still alive, they'd be offensive. It's a privilege to be part of a cash-generating bunch of quasi-Cartelled multinational companies; to be made to sing and dance and sent out on overseas tours when you're clearly too ill to perform?
"I have very little tolerance for people who don't respect it. If you're in the fortunate position of being able not only to operate in our industry but to be successful commercially, it's a privilege."
Surely the industry is lucky to have talented people willing to make its Faustian deals; and the respect should be flowing in the opposite direction?
In case you think Seal has inside knowledge the rest of us don't:
"When I heard she had died I was really sad because I wished I could have bumped into her somewhere. I was so excited by... her vocal performance. It was a breath of fresh air, that's why I would have made an attempt to give her my view.He doesn't appear to have even met her. And yet he's convinced that hectoring her about how she was disrespecting the BPI by being quite seriously ill would have - what? made her pull herself together?
"I don't know if anyone was around Amy who she respected enough to give her a mouthful and say, 'It doesn't last forever'. It was a crying shame."
Perhaps rather than worrying about disrespect to "the industry", Seal should think a little bit about not disrespecting the dead.