Neil Patrick Harris says he’s sorry for graphic Amy Winehouse death gag at 2011 Halloween party: ‘It was regrettable then and it remains regrettable now’
Neil Patrick Harris has issued an apology over a resurfaced social media shot that revealed a graphic joke at the expense of the then recently-deceased Amy Winehouse, saying that ‘it was regrettable then, and it remains regrettable now.’
The 48-year-old actor said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly Monday: ‘A photo recently resurfaced from a Halloween-themed party my husband and I hosted 11 years ago. It was regrettable then, and it remains regrettable now.’
The Albuquerque-born actor said that ‘Amy Winehouse was a once-in-a-generation talent,’ and that he was ‘sorry for any hurt this image caused.’
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The latest: Neil Patrick Harris, 48, has issued an apology over a resurfaced social media shot that revealed a graphic joke at the expense of the then recently-deceased Amy Winehouse, saying that ‘it was regrettable then, and it remains regrettable now. He was snapped last month in NYC
The shot – taken at a Halloween party the Doogie Howser, M.D. alum and his spouse David Burtka held in October of 2011 – revealed a food display designed to look like ‘The Corpse of Amy Winehouse,’ about three months after the Rehab singer died at 27 in July of 2011 from alcohol poisoning.
The graphic display centered around a mangled figure designed to look like the late singer, with a cigarette in her mouth and black beehive hairdo. A card describing the display noted that it included ‘beef ribs, pulled pork, [and] chicken sausage in a spicy BBQ sauce.’
The morbid joke was posted online by actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s husband Justin Mikita, who captioned the shot, ‘Look who showed up @ActuallyNPH & @GourmetMD’s Halloween party last night. Looking good.’ (Mikita, 36, deleted the photo swiftly but it circulated after users took screen grabs of the post.)
After the tweet recently resurfaced, a number of people on the social media platform ripped the How I Met Your Mother star for the insensitivity and dark nature of the party gag at Winehouse’s expense.
The Rehab singer died at the age of 27 in July of 2011 from alcohol poisoning. She was pictured in London in 2007
The shot – taken at a Halloween party the Doogie Howser, M.D. alum and his spouse David Burtka held in October of 2011 – revealed a food display designed to look like ‘The Corpse of Amy Winehouse’
One user wrote: ‘This happened 11 years ago but kind of got brushed under the rug, but basically Neil Patrick Harris threw a party right after Any Winehouse died and served a meat platter that was made to look like her corpse. And it was labeled “The Corpse of Amy Winehouse.” It’s really bad.
‘There are pictures. I’m not sharing them because it’s actually relatively graphic, despite being apparently edible. People treated Amy Winehouse like s*** before and after she died, and this is just an extreme example of it. I hope we’ve learned from that, but I doubt it.’
Another user said that the display from Harris was a microcosm of the mistreatment Winehouse dealt with after finding international fame.
‘Society is way overdue for a discussion about the way Amy Winehouse was treated in the early 2000s and 2010s by the misogynistic celebrity media machine and the people who were a captive audience to it,’ the user said. ‘Neil Patrick Harris’ f***ed up corpse cake is just the tip of the iceberg.
‘Amy Winehouse was a talented young woman who struggled with addiction and other mental illness for most of her life and rather than have empathy for her, she was degraded by the media at every turn. Even when she died at only 27, it was treated like a spectacle and a joke.’
One user said they were boycotting Harris’s future projects in response to the off-putting display Harris commissioned.
‘I can no longer enjoy a Series of Unfortunate Events on @netflix, and any of his further projects, because I just found out Neil Patrick Harris commissioned a cake of Amy Winehouse’s corpse for a Halloween party. Sub human behavior,’ the user said.
A number of Twitter users condemned Harris’s past behavior in regards to Winehouse