Neil Patrick Harris apologizes for Amy Winehouse's 'pitiful' font

Neil Patrick Harris and Amy Winehouse. Ron Adar/SOPA Images/Shutterstock; Matt Dunham/AP/Shutterstock

What goes around comes around again. Neil Patrick Harris apologized after a controversial photo from a 2011 Halloween party sparked backlash.

“A photo recently resurfaced from a Halloween-themed party my husband and I hosted 11 years ago,” Harris, 48, said in a statement to entertainment weekly on Monday May 16. “It was pitiful then, and it’s still pitiful now. Amy Winehouse was a once-in-a-generation talent and I’m sorry for the damage this image caused.”

Earlier this month, the resurfaced snap, featuring a meat platter modeled after the late Amy Winehouse, made the rounds on social media. “I can’t believe how many people online over the age of 25 are now finding out about Neil Patrick Harris’s disgusting Amy Winehouse cake,” tweeted writer Ashley Reed on Friday, May 13, hinting that her opinion of the actor changed significantly due to the incident.

The “Rehab” singer died of alcohol poisoning at the age of 27 in July 2011, three months before the how i met your mother alum organized the Halloween party with her husband, david burqa. A photo of the charcuterie board was originally shared via Twitter by the actor. justin mikitawho is married to Modern Family alum Jesse Tyler Ferguson. “Look who showed up last night at the @ActuallyNPH and @GourmetMD Halloween party. Looking good,” Mikita, now 36, wrote at the time in 2011.

In the image, a small sign next to the plate reads “Amy Winehouse’s Corpse” and lists the types of meat included in the plate: “Beef ribs, pulled pork, chicken sausage in spicy barbecue sauce.”

The resurgence of the photo sparked outrage. “Society is long overdue for a discussion of the way Amy Winehouse was treated in the early 2000s and 2010s by the celebrity media misogynist machine and the people who were a captive audience. Neil Patrick Harris f––ked up cake cake is just the tip of the iceberg,” one Twitter user claimed, while others on social media were shocked by the “graphic” and “inappropriate” image.

Harris had not publicly addressed the controversy until now, although the photo has been unearthed more than once. The Emmy winner has been married to Burtka, 46, since 2014. They share 11-year-old twins Harper and Gideon.

“It is much more difficult for homosexuals [to have kids], although we tried!” Burtka joked about The Wendy Williams Show in 2015, explaining that there were “two different women involved” in the process. “There was an egg donor, a wonderful woman who was anonymous. We took two of our best guys and implanted them into her eggs, two different eggs.”

The professional chef told host Wendy Williams that he thinks Harper could be biologically his daughter, while Gideon is more like Harris. “She says, ‘Hey everyone, I’m here!’ She said of the couple’s daughter. “[Gideon’s] a little more heady and intellectual.”

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