Neil Patrick Harris regrets turning the death of singer Amy Winehouse into a gory gag at a 2011 Halloween party. More than a decade later, the actor is now facing a firestorm that reignited last week when the image returned to the internet’s consciousness.
“A photo recently resurfaced from a Halloween-themed party my husband and I hosted 11 years ago,” the five-time Emmy winner said Monday in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. “It was regrettable then, and it remains regrettable now. Amy Winehouse was a once-in-a-generation talent, and I’m sorry for any hurt this image caused.”
The “How I Met Your Mother” star and his husband, David Burtka, were skewered online then and now for dishing up a Winehouse-fashioned platter titled “The Corpse of Amy Winehouse” at the party, describing the grotesque buffet offering as “beef ribs, pulled pork, chicken sausage in a spicy BBQ sauce.”
“Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson and now-husband Justin Mikita were guests at the event and Mikita tweeted (then deleted) a photo of the gory meat platter at the time — mere months after the “Back to Black” and “Rehab” singer died at 27 of alcohol poisoning.
But the off-putting image and the bad press surrounding it eventually got lost in the annals of the internet. However, Harris was called out for being insensitive about the death when the photo resurfaced last week and shocked people anew.
“I cannot believe how many very online people over the age of 25 are just now finding out about Neil Patrick Harris’s disgusting Amy Winehouse cake …” tweeted writer Ashley Reese, stoking the online discourse while misidentifying the platter as a dessert.
Others also shared their disdain for the move, which led to a pile-on in the comments of Harris’ most recent tweet, on Reddit and in news outlets, with many noting how Harris was also dismissive of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” star Rachel Bloom when she worked the 2018 Tony Awards.
A representative for Harris did not immediately respond Tuesday to The Times’ request for comment.
Here’s a look at how others felt about Harris’ misstep:
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.
— Caroline Orr Bueno, Ph.D (@RVAwonk) May 14, 2022
I don’t care if it was 10 years ago, Neil Patrick Harris getting an “Amy Winehouse’s Corpse” meat platter 3 months after her tragic death is so disturbing. That’s someone’s daughter, friend, loved one, and is undeniably her.
— ji ☁️ (@justmeji) May 16, 2022
The casual misogyny of gay men like Neil Patrick Harris never surprises me. What would posses anyone to want to make a cake in the image of Amy Winehouse’s corpse as a joke?
She died tragically and this is comical to who? https://t.co/MHkI1HCOMw
— Ola Ojewumi (@Olas_Truth) May 17, 2022
I’m not gonna link the article cuz the image bothers me but Neil Patrick Harris had a cake of Amy Winehouse’s corpse at a halloween party like weeks after she died and I’m just. Like what. WHAT
— 🪄 Wizard of The Streets ✨ (@philosophybimbo) May 14, 2022
The whole Neil Patrick Harris Amy Winehouse thing just shows how bored & pathetic some people are. They’ll bring up something from a decade ago just to pretend like it’s the worst thing ever. Is it in bad taste? A little. But it’s just dark humor for christ sake get over it.
— Josh (@SuperNeonZJ) May 14, 2022
Source by www.latimes.com