Houston, you don't actually have a problem
Barbara Ellen The Observer, Sunday 9 May 2010
What's with the open
season on Whitney Houston? Her show in Rome is the latest to be slated on an
ill-fated tour beset with complaints, mockery and demands for money back.
As a Whitney fan, it's plain that she's not what she was. I've winced at
clips of her "singing" live, with her thumb seemingly jammed in an invisible
car door. Nor is she as lithe and gorgeous as she was in her youth. Then
again, who is?
At her peak, Houston was a true talent – with a vocal range that made Mariah
Carey sound as if she was being attacked by killer bees. But her drug-strewn
fall in the past doesn't mean she does not deserve respect for the musical
force she once was. Nor our compassion.
Indeed, with Houston's apparent "situation" all over the press, one has to
wonder why people persist in buying tickets for her shows and then complain.
My guess is that it's for the sport of denigrating this poor woman, in what
amounts to a disgusting spectacle of showbiz bear-baiting.
Let's hope these people don't get a penny back. Considering what they went
for, they've already had their money's worth.
NEWSFILE: 9 MAY 2010