It seems like everyone has an opinion on the sudden death of 27-year-old English singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse. Some people want to play “Told ya so!” Some people want to sound the alarm on addiction. Some people want to say goodbye to a friend. And one Huffington Post blogger wants to use this educational opportunity to teach you about…small business? Yup.
Tricia Fox, who bills herself as an “Award Winning Entrepreneur & Marketer,” took Saturday’s opportunity to peddle some SEO’d nonsense about brand-building in an incredibly specious piece of non-reasoning called “Amy Winehouse’s Untimely Death Is a Wake Up Call for Small Business Owners.”
Fox started off making sense, throwing out a strong news hook and some non-judgment:
Unlike others, I won’t be picking apart her chosen lifestyle, nor will I be judging her. She made her own choices and, although it would appear that these choices ultimately led to her death, they were hers to make.
But then her absent logic began to rear its ugly head:
Wait, what? There is literally nothing to be learned for small business owners from this sad passing. No matter how hard she tries — “you are the product,” “There are so many parallels here in business,” “This is the business equivalent of being booed off stage” — Fox’s attempt to connect the dots is about as successful as a slow toddler playing the game on a diner placemat.
There is no amount of blockquoting, excerpting or italicizing that could do this piece justice, so either click over there and read it or take our word for it. But incredibly, Fox doesn’t see the problem with comparing the perils and joys of running a small business to being a multi-platinum entertainer with addiction issues. She sounded off in the comments section after a predictable maelstrom of WTF:
Alright, Huffington Post, the challenge is on. Can you wrangle up some more bloggers to crank out these straw-grasping stories that we’ve identified as brilliant ideas?
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Alright, Huffington Post bloggers. You’ve got your marching orders. Make it work.