I hate to speak ill of the dead and I suppose it isn’t really Whitney Houston’s fault but watching the barrage of news coverage over the past few days I can’t help but cringe a little bit at the way society often lionizes people once they pass away. Whitney Houston in her prime was a great singer, and a beautiful woman, but I’m not so sure she was a great person. Media pundits are now spending the days demonizing Bobby Brown ( I’m not defending him) and everyone around her who couldn’t or didn’t stop her from using drugs. The fact is that no one is to blame for her downward spiral but Whitney Houston. People make their own choices in life and they, not someone else are responsible for what they do.
If the coverage on her was all about her great voice and her stunning beauty I doubt I would have anything to say, but the attempt by the media to find a scape goat and excuse her for her self destructive behavior is shameful. It only plays to a society that is often unwilling to take responsibility for its own actions. To her own family’s credit, I have to say they have been graciously quiet on these issues.