Drug Law

Gambling Man Bill Bennett: Grammy for Amy Winehouse's "Rehab" a Mistake

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Former drug czar, conservative pundit and admitted gambler Bill Bennett wrote what Salon.com sarcastically called a "very serious and important column" for CNN in which he criticizes the Grammy committee for giving Amy Winehouse awards for her song "Rehab."

Bennett, who has made a career off climbing atop a soapbox and preaching morals despite engaging in his own society-destroying vice of gambling, argues that lyrics like "They tried to make me go to rehab, I said no, no, no" are not socially responsible and thus should not have been recognized:

With those awards, a message was sent: Mock addiction, create a rallying cry for those in its grip, blow your life up in every aspect other than financial success and name recognition, and you will be rewarded with the industry's gold medals.

He said he hopes the music industry learns a lesson from Winehouse's death:

A good place to start learning the lesson is the Grammy Awards nominating committee. Did they have any problem or pause whatsoever in emptying their cabinet of awards for such a song or such a character?

Did one judge say: "Wait, I think we might be sending the wrong message here"?

Salon had a fun time pointing out that Bennett has an admitted gambling problem:

When people told William Bennett to seek professional treatment for a high-stakes gambling addition that cost him millions of dollars in losses, Bill Bennett said no, no, no.

Salon said the Kenny Rogers song "The Gambler" was a Grammy winner in 1980. It sarcastically writes:

Did one Grammy Awards judge say, in 1980, "Wait, I think we might be sending the wrong message here"? Probably not. And look what they did to Bill Bennett.