With the recent passing of Whitney Houston it had seemed at least to this author that we had with Saturday’s epic funeral service found closure with the orgasmic media coverage and our collective grieving. It seemed that final image of Whitney would be that of all wailing dignitaries and honored guests. But even that in retrospect was too much to wish for. Instead we received news that Bobby, Whitney’s ex went gambling later that evening whilst her daughter Bobbi was holed up in some hotel room seriously doing her head inand now this final calamity- the ubiquitous image of a forlorn Whitney Houston extinct and lifeless withering away in front of us in a casket. An open casket of course.
Who was also betrayed and perhaps not betrayed were a sampling of readers, whose comments I plucked from a cursory of websites which I think sum up the collective capitulation that we all feel and our collective desire to put Ms Whitney Houston to rest for once and for all.
No matter what you think of the National Enquirer’s decision to release the image, it has in the end served to invigorate a thoughtful debate. See what you think….a sampling of readers from a variety of gossip sites on the web as well the Talk’s reaction below.
Cruel,Insensitive and just down right evil! Her family would have had an open casket if they wanted the whole world gawking at poor Whitney.This is a sick world and the fact that a human being would actually benefit from this makes me ill .Did you not see the pain on her loved ones faces.Karma is a bitch and it’s coming.
Tacky as always. I cannot believe that people actually pay money for this trash paper. They have zero respect for peoples lives and how they will feel if they see these tasteless photos. Everyone should boycot the paper so maybe they will get the message.
sophie, belfast, 23/02/2012 18:18 I’m guessing that from your judgemental and insensitive comments that you have never lost anyone. Let me tell you everyone deals with death of a loved one in different ways and you should respect that and let her get whatever she needs to out of her system. Don’t bother commenting if your just going to be nasty.
Why this obsession with this woman. She was a great agent, but wasted her life away knowing full well what she was doing
I don’t get what tis big deal is, I’m sure years ago when a superstar died a picture like this would be on the covers of newpapers and magazines.
If you don’t like it, don’t buy it, simples.
Get over it, they sure want their face splashed all over when they are alive, dead is No different. what is wrong with these people, they just want attention. She is dead by her own choice, she had no problem with pictures when she was all messed up and alive.
What is completely morbid is America’s vision on death.And even more so, giving it so much attention and horrible opinions about it makes it just as bad as they are. You like so many others think of death as a grotesque thing when in fact, death is beautiful. And even more so, giving it so much attention and horrible opinions about it makes it just as bad as they are. The picture itself was taken in poor taste because it is being exploited in this ridiculous tabloid news cover. Whoever took it should have respected the families wishes. But the picture itself is beautiful. She looks at peace and is beautiful even in death. There is nothing to be feared of a body. It’s just a shell that contains a persons’ soul. And FYI most funerals are open caskets. Please do the world a favor and get over it.
Its funny that this celebrity is on all the news…..one celebrity dies millions cry……young kids dies nobody crys except the family..and perez stop being fake ur the reason why celebrity hates people like you always bashing them making them feel stupid and ashamed. Ur faker then fake tittes first u bash micheal Jackson then u act like u care when he pass away now whiteny Houston? See was a dope fiend what did everybody expect?
Actually, this is nothing new, especially for the Enquirer. I am old enough to remember they had the “Last Photo of Elvis” in his casket on the cover in 1977. In my Italian American Catholic Culture, it is unthinkable and unheard of to take a photo of the deceased, but not everyone feels that way. I have had friends from other cutures who keep photographs of their loved ones in their coffins and display them. This shocked me at first, but the I realized they are proud of the fine send-off their loved ones had and find the pictures a comfort. And I must say, Whitney looks beautiful and at peace.
Americans are far too squeamish about death — which is really a part of life. We hide from it, hide it from our kids, do everything we can to avoid it.
I don’t have a problem with casket photos. Every single one of you is going to be in a similar situation, so here’s hoping you look as good as Whitney in your coffin.
..and Jezebel took the bait and printed it also, so what does that say? if you really feel so strongly don’t print the photo and pretend to be critical about people who print the photo.
The picture was takenn in the private viewing for family/close friends. So someone in there took it and sold it. That makes them just as disgusting and guilty.
Public figures do give up certain privacies, in fact they trade on it, at least in many instances, which makes this issue so tough. Celebs both love the trumpeting of their every move (remeber the addage about there being no “bad” publicity?) and they hate it. After all, who wants their every move recorded and shared?
The boundaries can be murky, but in this case, IF the family did not authorize the picture to be taken and shared, whether it was legal or not to do so, it’s pretty clearly unethical. In this case, drawing the line has to do with respect for both a dead woman and her family, trumping the public’s hunger for false intimacy.
Celebrity obsession is not healthy, and watching/listening etc. is not a real friendship. It can however, be a real relationship. The difference being that it is one-sided, unlike a friendship which must be mutual.
She was a much loved performer and her fans have a right to say goodbye. I don’t think this was disrespectful. It helps give closure to those that loved her.
Fans have “rights”? That’s a new one! From where do these so-called rights derive? From the fact that they are fans? that doesn’t give them rights. At best it gives them a bargain in which they offer adulation and cash in exchange for entertainment. I am pretty sure that it’s up to the entertainer to determine how much of themselves they want to share. If the fans are dissatisfied, they can always take their money elsewhere.
where can i see ? i need closure