Keri Hilson sparks outrage with Winehouse ‘resurrection’ joke
Keri Hilson has apologised after sparking outrage by posting a picture online of her partying with an Amy Winehouse lookalike just hours before the star’s funeral on Tuesday.
The Rehab hitmaker was found dead at her north London home on Saturday, aged 27, and a string of stars, including Lady Gaga, Russell Brand and Adele, have all paid moving tributes ahead of Tuesday’s private funeral.
But Hilson attracted a slew of criticism just hours before the service by uploading a photo of her partying with a Winehouse lookalike and joking that the star has been “resurrected”.
On her Twitter.com page, she posts a link to the image with the message: “*gasp* Amy Winehouse resurrected to party w/ (with) me!!! (seriously, uncanny resemblance).”
Her comments and photo were met with an angry outcry from her followers and within an hour, Hilson took to the site again to apologise to fans offended by the post.
She writes, “Come on, I mean no harm. All due respect. But really the resemblance freaked me out. This was simply the best tribute ever. RIP AMY WINEHOUSE… I apologize 2 anyone who might’ve taken it the wrong way. As a fan, I thought it was cool that she dressed up to honor Amy. I had no ill intent, but I understand how it appears insensitive… my bad twitterville. For real.”