Whitney Houston who? I’ll stick to honoring the troops.
This whole Whitney Houston being treated like a hero thing is starting to go a little too far, so I figured I’d make a blog about it.
It’s sad when anyone dies, whether they were famous or not, and whether they died of an overdose of illegal prescription bills in a bathtub or not. Death is sad. Everyone is important to someone, and in this case, Whitney Houston had a ton of fans all over the world.
What I don’t understand is why we’re glorifying the death of someone who died because of her own inability to handle her God-given free will. She was a very famous person who had the ability to do countless things with her fame to change the world in a positive way (Like Angelina Jolie), but instead, she decided to do drugs to the point of overdosing and drowning.
Honoring her the day she died, or at her funeral, or at a music award show is one thing, but New Jersey’s Governor has ordered that the AMERICAN FLAG be flown at half staff in honor of her death.
She was not a selfless honorable person who died while serving her country. What message are we sending to our youth where you can die of an illegal drug overdose and still be treated like a national hero of your country. Was this done for Amy Winehouse? Michael Jackson?
The flag being flown at half staff has been reserved for the loss of a dignitary, high religious figure or national mass catastrophe. Is she either of those? No. So why is she being honored in the same respect as our fallen military personnel or those who lost their lives in the Virginia tech Massacre?
My friend Emily said it best when she said: “Whitney Houston was an amazing singer and an amazing person but can anyone else list to me what happened on the 11th?? Anyone? Truly can you without looking it up?? Charlie and Braden Powell who were killed BY THEIR OWN FATHER were buried on the 11th. What happened with Obama and the birth control? What happened in Texas with the people that are on a strip of land between America’s border fence?? Marine based out of Camp Pendleton was awarded the Silver Star?? What do you want to remember? What means more to you? This is just another person and another singer who possibly died a tragic death due to her inability to control her fame. This is not meant to “hurt” anymore or make it seem as though the troops are “better.” We are all people, inside and out, it doesn’t matter what we did on this earth but sometimes it seems as though our priorities in the media are way OFF.”
And I get it, addiction is a disease, but lets be honest, it’s a disease of self restraint. No one gives you an addiction to crack. No one catches alcoholism. She chose to do drugs, and that lead to her untimely death.
Yes, everyone has their faults & struggles and she’s no different than that. But why am I being reminded of her death in TV specials daily when there are military dying selflessly while their wives raise their children alone? While there are fire fighters running into burning buildings, giving their lives to save the lives of others? While there are police officers getting shot making sure that you and your children are safe at night?
I’m really getting worried about our society’s priorities.
Instead of honoring Whitney today, I’m going to honor our US service members who have given their lives this month.:
Army Pfc. Cesar Cortez (Who died on the same day as Whitney Houston)