When it comes to singing, Whitney Houston was one of the best vocalists of my era. She truly was a unique talent. That is a fact that cannot be refuted. Sadly, Whitney fell victim to addiction and her life spiraled out of control. (Is there anyone out there who was actually surprised when they heard that Whitney Houston died?)
My first thought when I heard the news, through Twitter, was, I’m surprised she lasted this long. Let’s be honest, drugs will ruin your life, regardless of how much money you have. One thing that really bothers me is when I hear people say, “I don’t care what drugs she was on; Whitney was a great singer.” That is complete nonsense. You do not give someone a pass, because they have talent.
Whitney Houston’s death is a teaching moment for all parents. It is time to make it absolutely clear to your children that drugs are the wrong choice. “Whitney Houston had all the talent in the world and she through it all away!” That is the only message that needs to be expressed.
While the world sat and watched Whitney Houston fall deeper into her addiction, no one did anything to help her. Most people simply laughed at the random updates and how ridiculous her reality show made her family appear. Now is not the time to speak up and lend your support to Whitney Houston. All of the Facebook and Twitter posts are unnecessary and a bit hypocritical. I don’t know what it is that makes people feel the need to write something that has absolutely no impact.
“Whitney, you’re the best. I’ll always love you!”
“Whitney, when I was going through tough times I always listened to your songs to get me through. RIP!”
Why didn’t anyone write that to her while she was alive? Why didn’t people write, “Whitney, your music changed my life and I hope you stop throwing your life away!”
Like all other celebrity deaths, this one has seemed to run its course. I’m happy that I don’t have to read anymore of the nonsense that people write. Addicts are people with problems; they need help not praise. Whitney Houston was not a hero; she was an addict who failed to get assistance for her disease. Please don’t prop her up on a pedestal. Use Whitney as the example of how not to live.
An American Tragedy
Show your children that they can do better with their talents! (Don’t miss an opportunity to send a clear message!)