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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Much ado about Whitney

Posted on Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 1:04 PM

We were all given the sad news this past weekend about the passing of Whitney Houston. She was an extremely talented, beautiful but troubled lady. It is tragic that she has died at such a relatively young age, as the result of what, appears to be so far, prescription drug abuse/misuse. It's too bad, it really is. But I gotta say that I am so sick and tired of hearing about it. If I have to hear one more Whitney tribute on what seems like every GD radio station in HRM, or see one more video hommage, I'm going to fucking snap!

Look, I'm not trying to downplay how sad it is that she died. I agree. But I mean, honestly... no one should be shocked by this. The lady spent damn near 20 years strung out on hard drugs and alcohol, so really, was it that much of a surprise?

I get it, though. It just happened. It's still fresh in our minds and there are a lot of unanswered questions. What I DON'T get is the almost immediate 180 degree, about-face that people have adopted. Prior to this past weekend, she was just another washed up has-been celebrity, a victim of her lifestyle, strung out with a monkey on her back and a psycho wife-beating, has-been celebrity ex-husband. But NOW... now she was the best thing since sliced bread. An icon. A goddess. A role model! Complete and utter bullshit. I have never been a fan, but I couldn't help but notice that it was the exact same with Michael Jackson, Chris Farley, Curt Cobain, etc, etc. They are the scum of the earth until they up and die and then they are all of a sudden being canonized into sainthood. I don't get it.

But I think what sickens me the most is here we have all this media coverage, all this air time, all this hooplah and fanfare being dedicated to the death of a once famous person who died as a result of their own poor choices in life. ONE (1) person who really, didn't do much for the world aside from record a few albums and star in a forgettable movie, and yet for the hundreds of men, women and children who are being systematically exterminated by THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT every day, (Syria), all they get is a 2 minute sound bite on the late night news. Does that seem balanced or right to you? Something to think about. —Contrary to What the Media Says, She Was NOT Every Woman!

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