Last weekend, a vocal legend passed away a day before the music industry’s biggest awards night and the whole world was left appalled by this tragic news. Whitney Houston wasn’t only a powerful singer, but was responsible for shaping the future of current industry behemoths with the legacy she has left.
Houston is considered to be one of the greatest pop culture icons of all time, with a string of memorable hits permanently etched in history. Critics tag her talent as the best vocals to ever come out of a human being, with awards and acclaims surging in as fast as her witless actions when she was high. The shock created by Whitney’s death is almost akin to Michael Jackson’s sudden passing, and the likes of Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, and many artists claim Houston’s influence as the root of their urge to pursue their chart-topping careers.
So where did it all go wrong? What were the corners that cut her life at 48? Let us count the comical-yet-factual ways:
Her highly-publicized relationship with Bobby Brown made the gospel-fanatic, Grammy Award-winning singer involved in countless and unfortunate mishaps. After their marriage in 1992, Houston’s mellow attitude towards the paparazzi turned into a rage-fueled, monster-like witch. Episodes of domestic violence, a flop Bravo reality show that exposed their boisterous marriage, and critics literally throwing tomatoes on the couple’s image.
Brown is also believed to be responsible for Houston’s budding addiction that grew into an expensive (and career-flopping) habit. Not to mention that Brown’s career is like cheap liquor compared to aged, expensive wine that Houston provided for the music industry.
Five words: Bobby Brown wasn’t worth it.
Cocaine (and a hell lot of drugs)
Houston openly confessed to a tumultuous life of drug use, and was endlessly attacked about it for a while. It might be too early to poke fun at the late singer, but who can blame the public and worried colleagues? With her coked-up antics and run-ins with the law for the past decade, Houston’s drug-fueled late career made her somewhat a poster girl for this kind of lifestyle before Amy Winehouse came into the picture. Houston even reiterated in a famous 2002 interview with ABC News that she does cocaine, pills, and marijuana, but never crack (mmmkay).
“Crack is cheap. I make too much money to ever smoke crack. Let’s get that straight. OK? We don’t do crack. We don’t do that. Crack is whack.”
Okay, Whitney, we got it. Crack is cheap and cocaine is...not?
It was reported by TMZ that Houston slipped in her Hilton Hotel bath tub and drowned to her untimely demise. Why? Many are suggesting that her “River Phoenix” concoction of Xanax, prescription pills, and alcohol made her all woozy and clumsy while trying to have a relaxing bath. So much for a good shower, eh? We wonder what she was singing in there before she saw the white light and ran towards it.
Hiring Kevin Costner as her ‘bodyguard’
Kevin Costner had one job, and that is to protect the singer. Of course, this crazy logic only applies in the famous movie, but look at it this way: what if Costner was there to lay his hand over Houston’s falling head and prevented her from drowning? If that actually happened, we can already imagine Houston belting “Aaaaand I-iaaaah will always looooove youuuuu-ooooh.” Looks like Costner wasn’t an effective person to entrust your life with.
Wouldn’t that be the biggest win amongst all movie-to-reality clichés if the bodyguard saved her?
Rest in peace, Whitney. According to your words, ‘It’s not right, but it’s okay, we’re going to make it anyway.’