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Whitney Houston: Why People Reacted The Way They Did

Bobbi Kristina will inherit all of her late mother’s assets, according to Whitney Houston’s will which was published Wednesday.

Houston was found dead on February 11 in a Los Angeles hotel room at the age of 48.  Many suspect Houston died of a cocktail of prescription drugs and alcohol, although official results from her autopsy are not expected for several weeks.

Now that the shock has settled following the death of Whitney Houston, it’s important to look at how people reacted.  Her supporters weeped for her loss; others were apathetic and blamed her drug abuse.

Why did people care so much?

“Whitney was very much the girl next door, America’s sweetheart, and American’s heartache all wrapped into one. People were rooting for her recovery ever since her ‘comeback’ and broadcast interview with Oprah where she revealed she was sober and was on the road to recovery.  I think many addicts and or people who have ever struggled with addiction and abuse also related to her on a very close and personal level,” says Dawn Christie, Holistic healer and celebrity interventionist.

Celebrities live every moment in the public eye and to intense scrutiny.  Imagine the entire world watching your life unfold on television or in the tabloids.  Being in the public eye comes with many benefits obviously, however it opens to door to criticism and judgment.  Add a battle with addiction to the mix and it becomes even more difficult.

Many of Christie’s clients who are celebrities experience similar levels of scrutiny and negativity.  There is also a very strong stigma on addicts in society and they are often judged unfairly.

“When we see famous people with addiction problems, we have a tendency to turn their struggles and failures into our entertainment and we fail to remember that these are real people, with real feelings and real demons. They need privacy and they need support just like anyone else,” says Christie.

Some of the comments and discussions surrounding Houston’s death were very cruel and apathetic.  Why did many turn on Houston after hearing of her death?

“In Whitney’s case, many people (herself included) felt her voice was gift from God. Abusing drugs and putting herself through such debilitating circumstances, in some people’s eyes was the equivalent to throwing a gift from God down the drain. Many people interpreted her actions as reckless and negligent. Some might even resent her for ‘squandering’ a gift so few people are blessed to ever have.”

“This happens a lot with celebrities who battle addiction in the public eye. Not only are they struggling with their inner-turmoil, but they also have to absorb all the misplaced judgments, negativity and criticism of the public. Too often than not, the pressure weighs very heavily and can actually make the addictive behaviors worse.”

The problem is magnified when critics slam an addict’s behaviour and actions.

“Critics fail to realize that they themselves, the media and the fans all have the power to help and heal artists like Whitney Houston who are in trouble through love and understanding, not criticism and glorifying their/her disease of being an addict.  They need to speak up and shine light on the problem when they see a celebrity in trouble and not just poke fun at them.”

“Look at Anna Nicole Smith, Amy Winehouse, Brittney Murphy and now Whitney Houston.  Society criticized and made fun of these women being too skinny, being on drugs and binge drinking but never stepped up and said we love you as artists and don’t want to lose you so clean up your act.

Christie works with people to help them understand their mission, and help them realize who they are and the importance of why they are born.

“If these celebrities with tragic endings were spiritually connected and truly understood the importance of the gift they were given, then they would never infect their bodies, souls and minds with drugs.”

Grammys 2012: Recap, Adele and Foo Fighters

 

The 2012 Grammy Awards were definitely overshadowed by the passing of Whitney Houston.  But the show went on.

And it was an OK show.  Sorry to say music fans.  Maybe I was just a little sleepy and irritated but I found much of the show to be quite ‘meh’.

Maybe I’m just de-sensitized because I’ve seen one good performance after another that I need to really be wowed to care?

Like when the Foo Fighters came on stage and sang and played actual instruments in front of a huge crowd, rocking it out?  Not to say that dancing and lip-synching isn’t entertaining… but I love live bands – with a drummer, guitarist, bassist and lead singer, ya know?

Choreography is great but when it takes up 99% of a music awards show, I get a little stabby.

Is this what the majority of Canadians and Americans really listen to most of the time?  Mainstream pop music?

Meh.

The highlights were seeing some music legends like Stevie Wonder and The Beach Boys.  Paul McCartney sang a song so reminiscent of Barbara Streisand, I was just waiting for Babs to jump on stage and join him.

Jennifer Hudson paid tribute to Whitney Houston with a performance of “I Will Always Love You”.  A good effort considering the award show didn’t have time to put anything together for the late singer.

Rihana with her Tina Turner-esque hairdo and Katy Perry with a blue crimped bob… just a reminder of why I just can’t really be bothered to listen to pop music.

I used to like Coldplay a lot before they became so pop/ mainstream… and  maybe before he married Gwyneth.

Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters had a rockin’ performance and gave the best speech – “We made it in my garage with a tape machine.”  Real instruments and a real voice – no gimmicks, no crazy choreography – people want back to the basics.  Ironically, their speech was cut off – to the electronic music of LMFAO.

No wonder the super-talented Adele got a standing ovation and received six awards – her voice – that’s what really counts.

Watch Adele’s 2012 Grammy performance.

Watch Dave Grohl’s speech:

Whitney Houston: How Did She Die?

After the shocking passing of Whitney Houston, the question everyone is asking is – how did Whitney Houston die?

The cause of death is still unknown but we should have answers soon.  TMZ reports that the autopsy has been completed but results would not be released.  Toxicology results will take four to six weeks.

Houston was found in the bathtub of her Beverly Hilton Hotel room on Saturday.  Many are speculating that the pop diva, 48, may have fallen asleep or lapsed into unconsciousness in the bathtub and drowned.   TMZ was told that Houston had been drinking the night before her death, and the alcohol combined with Xanax could have sedated her.

Police said that there were no obvious signs of criminal intent at the scene of her death. Her body was discovered by a member of her entourage.

Houston’s teenage daughter, Bobbi Kristina, was taken to hospital Sunday due to reaction of losing her mother.  Bobby Brown’s daughter, 18, was treated for a “stress-related condition” and released.

Houston has been known to suffer addiction issues with alcohol, cocaine and prescription drugs.

We send our condolences to the Houston family.