Friday, August 24, 2007

The needle and the damage done

This morning's Bizarre is leading with some pretty nasty shots of Amy Winehouse, blood pouring from what the paper claims are track marks between her toes.

What's interesting about the story is, although it appears on Newton's page, the four-person byline shows only one of her team involved with the piece, and there's another telling detail:

Yesterday afternoon we showed Mitch 11 graphic photos of his daughter at his home in Greenhithe, Kent.

Mitch — who said recently that Amy and Blake had to stay together if she was going to beat drugs — was clearly upset.

He shook his head sadly as he studied them, before adding: “Thank you for showing me.”

Leaving aside the question of if "he was clearly upset" is a surprise enough to justify waving pictures of a fucked-up daughter under a father's nose to see what he does, from a Newton-watcher's point of view the use of a corporate "we showed" instead of Bizarre's me-me-me housestyle "I" is a subtle further distancing of the story from Newton's orbit.