The Passing of Whitney Houston and The Aftermath
The question for in regards to all the publicity that surrounded the passing of Whitney Houston. The circumstances surrounding her death created a media frenzy that made people want to know more. It seems to have become an obsession with middle America. The moment there's any news worthy article or tragedy surrounding a public figure, entertainer, sports person or movie personality they hunger for more. The media hype brought on by Whitney's death has nothing to do with the fact that she passed away, it's how she passed away. The reasons behind her senseless death.
There have been by far to many deaths that involve alcohol, drug use, suicide at younger ages than there should be. The drama that engulfs our society creates a three ring circus and mocks the respect that the family and friends should be granted. Unfortunately today's media has far more freedom than they should be allowed. They prey on the weak and heavyhearted who while trying to grieve are hounded and harassed in hopes of getting an even better story. The saddest part in Whitney's death is that with each drink she took, every time she turned to drugs a little piece of her died. She was a beautiful talented women who's addiction stole the light from her eyes, her beauty and her talent all feel to the wayside. Look at all the attention Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Jim Morrison, Janice Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Heath Ledger, Chris Farley, Elvis Presley received and all basically because it was gossip worthy news.
When any celebrity passes away and there isn't any alcohol, drugs or note worthy gossip involved there isn't much publicity because they lead a decent and well respected life. They get a little write up on line and in newspapers but that's pretty much it. It's sad that there is little mentioned about their career, the songs they sang, the shows they were in. The death of Farrah Fawcett was over shadowed by Michael Jackson's death. Davy Jones is over shadowed because there is still hype about Whitney Houston. These are two icons who touched all of our lives in so many different ways and they didn't even get a byline. The media chases whatever story will pull in the audience no matter what the cost and the majority of the population tune in and hang on every word, picture, either written or televised. I pride myself on not being one of those and very seldom watch television. My family has been victims of the media frenzy and it left a very sour taste in my mouth so I pretty much boycott both written and televised news or news related stories.