Neil Patrick Harris is the latest celebrity to commit a faux pas and finds himself having to issue an apology to the public at large.
Recently an old photo of a Halloween party hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and his husband David Burtka has been doing the rounds on social media. The party in question was thrown 11 years ago and it was an offensive picture because in their party their buffet platter was made to look like the corpse of late singer Amy Winehouse.
Amy Winehouse had died from alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011 when she was just 27 years old. So, the photo becomes even more offensive as they mocked the late singer in the few months following her death.
Now it seems after years the old photo has once again resurfaced and the ‘How I Met Your Mother’ actor has been feeling the heat from the criticism of netizens.
He therefore put out a statement to Entertainment Weekly where he said, “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. Amy Winehouse was a once-in-a-generation talent, and I’m sorry for any hurt this image caused.”
Nearly eleven years afterwards Harris’ edgy joke mocking the late singer began making the rounds when the image and the reason for it was posted via a tweet when Ashley Reese, a writer, tweeted, “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.”
Twitter users were quick to respond and they retweeted Reese’s post with most of them calling out Neil Patrick Harris for being “cruel” and labelling the image as “disturbing”.
At first the image was posted, but later it was deleted from Twitter by Justin Mitka, who is ‘Modern Family’ actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s husband.
Amy Winehouse was a talent powerhouse in the music industry who in 2008 won five Grammys, which was a record at the time and she also became the first British female artist to do so. Four years after her death, a documentary in 2015, titled ‘Amy’ uncovered her struggles with substance abuse and highlighted the person behind the talent. It won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.