Amy Winehouse apologises for singing racist song

Amy Winehouse apologised yesterday for a video that surfaced over the weekend showing her singing a song full of racial epithets.The video was filmed by husband Blake Fielder-Civil, who on Friday pleaded guilty to assault charges at London’s Snaresbrook crown court. It shows Winehouse and an unidentified woman sitting on a couch in a dilapidated basement, singing a string of racial slurs to the melody of Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes. 

Shots from the video were published on Sunday by News of the World. It was shot last year, before Fielder-Civil’s arrest in November.

Amy Winehouse faced journalists outside her north London home yesterday, presenting an impromptu press conference. She emphasised to reporters and paparazzi that she was sorry, adding: “I don’t want to play anything down, but I’m the least racist person going.”

She also berated News of the World for publishing the song’s uncensored lyrics, saying “I think they should have starred out certain words.”

In the video, Fielder-Civil can be heard encouraging the singers and promising that he isn’t “recording it … I swear on my life”. On the table there is what appears to be drug paraphernalia and a friend called “Eddie” says that they have taken “a bit of E, a bit of C and a few beers, watched telly, smoked crack”. Winehouse is later seen passed out on a sofa.



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