Talk about sick.
Did you know that there's been a website around since 2007 asking people to predict when Amy Winehouse would die?
Not only that, but...
The creeps behind the site also promised the winner that he or she would not only be crowned Mr. or Mrs. Death, but would be given an iPod Touch.
"Since we launched this site we've had hundreds of thousands of hits, 237 hate mails telling us we're the devil in disguise and 96,026 people who left their predictions," reads a note posted on the site two days after Winehouse's passing. "Out of all those entries only 4 were correct. The first person to do so did it on December 21st 2007 and we've called her the winner of the iPod Touch. We will be contacting her via email."
On the day of her death, the website posted, "Amy Winehouse has passed away. Let's hope her demise is an example for young people in how not to deal with your problems. May she Rest In Peace and her music live on."
Oh, so the site is an educational tool for young people not to use drugs. Lame.
Fortunately, the site doesn't represent how most people probably feel, says Robert Thompson, a professor of popular culture at Syracuse University, because statistically speaking, the number of entries is insignificant when compared to gazillion people who use the web.
"It's macabre and somewhat sick, I suppose," Thompson said. "But we in an odd sort of way, we treat celebrities and talk about them in a way we would never talk about people that we know. They get categorized in this almost nonhuman sort of way, and we talk about them in mean-spirited ways, and we'll take odds on their death...All bets are off and all rules are moot."
Now we want to hear from you. Do you think the website crossed the line or should celebs like Winehouse expect (and accept) such shenanigans? Sound off below.
(Originally published July 28, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. PT)