The media, the public & Whitney Houston

  • The media, the public & Whitney Houston

    Over time, much will be said and written about Whitney Houston. The addictions. The behavior. The marriage. The divorce. The music. The career. Etc., etc., etc.

    And while many have their own take on Whitney, the truth of it all is this -- if she had not been so damned talented and so damned famous, she would just be another 48-year-old woman found dead in another hotel room.

    And even if an autopsy indicates it was an overdose or years of drug-and-alcohol abuse, she was a daughter, a mother, a sister, and someone many people loved -- because of her talent and celebrity, not because we knew her personally.

    The songs will not die. The great performances did happen. They are ours to enjoy forever.

    She was Whitney, blessed with a gift - as an extraordinary entertainer and singer - few ever have the pleasure of harnessing in this life.

    Her daughter must go on. Her mother must go on. Her other family members, her peers and fans must go on.

    Hell, even Bobby Brown must go on.

    Fame and fortune come with a considerable price. And with great responsibility. I feel it, not because I am either rich or famous, but because I am a fan, a stargazer, if you will, of talented people.

    Those who have the talent, know first-hand, the price. Ask Billie Holiday, ask Amy Winehouse, ask Michael Jackson, ask James Dean, ask Andy Gibb, ask Marilyn Monroe, and so many others.

    Some survive their afflictions longer than others - just like us regular folk do. It is just that we live through our messes and illnesses privately, and they live through theirs publicly and through criticism, scrutiny, discrimination and through the media.

    When celebrities die young, we analyze with great speculation and innuendo -- but they have one life each, just like each of us. They have free will to do as they please; we do not own them, even though we love, adore, and admire them.

    And it is a pity that someone like our beloved Whitney did not get the luck of the draw as did some others -- Ray Charles, Elton John, Helen Baylor, Natalie Wood, Bonnie Raitt, David Crosby, Natalie Cole, Tina Turner and others whom we know had some of her same problems and perhaps more (or less).

    We were blessed to have Whitney and her talent for as long as she was allowed by God to share it. Her choices are not our choices...her journey was not our journey.

    She was just Whitney, a human-being...flawed and self-destructive just as so many other humans are...don't be too judgmental.

    We must all go on, until we, too will meet our day of pronouncement.

    The media and the public will treat each new pronouncement with the same amount of coverage as is necessary for each individual according to who they are perceived to be in status, the more famous, the more coverage -- that's just the way it is.

    End of story.

    Whitney Houston

    Whitney Houston

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