Yes, It’s Real: Neil Patrick Harris Did Serve a “Corpse Of Amy Winehouse” Halloween Dish

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Recently trending on Twitter and other social media platforms has been an image from 2011 when actor Neil Patrick Harris tastelessly served a cake depicting the dead body of singer Amy Winehouse at a Halloween party. Though Harris had already dealt with the outrage from this incident once, it’s being talked about again and he’s back into the fire. Read on below to learn everything you need to know about the incident.

The story

British Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning in July of 2011. Just three months later, actor Neil Patrick Harris and his husband David Burtka hosted a Halloween party, where they served a meat cake in the shape of a decomposing corpse and decorated it to look like Winehouse.

The meat cake was obviously a depiction of Winehouse, as it included her characteristic tattoos and hairstyle, and even a card reading “The Corpse of Amy Winehouse.” The card also included a description of the meats used in the cake, which somehow makes the whole thing that much more disturbing.

An image of the cake was shared in a now-deleted tweet by Justin Mikita, now husband of actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, with the caption “Look who showed up at @ActuallyNPH & @GourmetMD’s Halloween party last night. Looking good.”

Fan outrage

Needless to say, this caused outrage among Winehouse fans and others. Many people took to Twitter to criticize Harris, with some users saying things like “What is wrong with Neil Patrick Harris?” and “This is absolutely vile.”

These events have and most likely will continue to affect Harris’s career and fanbase, and some fans have even stated that they’ll no longer support his work. One former fan recently tweeted, “I can no longer enjoy a Series of Unfortunate Events on @netflix, and any of his further projects, because I just found out Neil Patrick Harris commissioned a cake of Amy Winehouse’s corpse for a Halloween party. Sub human behavior.”

Harris’s statement

The recent attention to these events has led to Harris issuing an official apology through the magazine Entertainment Weekly.

Harris said “A photo recently resurfaced from a Halloween party my husband and I hosted 11 years ago. It was regrettable at the time and remains regrettable now. Amy Winehouse was a once-in-a-generation talent, and I apologize for any pain this image may have caused.”

So why is this trending now?

So if this all happened in 2011, why is it trending now? There isn’t one obvious source of the commotion online, but many recent tweets have addressed the event and the grotesque nature of it has caused it to go viral again.

Harris is in the middle of several major projects right now, including an upcoming Netflix original show called “Uncoupled,” which he stars in and is helping produce. Time will tell whether this event resurfacing will negatively affect the future of any of these projects.

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