Whitney Houston: Drug addiction isn't cool

Here in Paris, the main pop music TV cable channel is featuring Whitney Houston videos nonstop today.

I'd have to say that this one has hit me harder than most recent celebrity deaths, because I remember so well when her first album came out back in the 1980s. It was hard to say what was a bigger shock, how beautiful Whitney Houston was or how incredibly well she could sing. Maybe it was just the moment, during the middle of the Reagan years, when we needed a young Black woman to hit the heights.

Along with pretty much everyone else, I'm guessing that the coroner will eventually conclude she died from some sort of drug overdose. Drug addiction is not a moral issue, it's a medical issue. But because cultural conservatives, and the right-wing in general, have made it into a moral issue, some people think drug-taking is some sort of cultural statement, or at least that tolerating it or condoning it is a cultural statement.

That might have been true back in the days when we all smoked marijuana, but it's getting old now. It's hard to stomach the music-industry hypocrites who got up at the Grammy Awards and talked about losing a "member of the family" when so many of them were complicit in Whitney Houston's slow destruction, directly or indirectly.

If that sounds like something a right-winger would say, please remember that I am a left-winger--but one who doesn't think that dying young is cool.

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Drop a dream said…
Hey Balter,
I know this has actually come as a shock for all of us.
What a wonderful voice and such an amazing woman. Another Iconlost. RIP Whitney.
By the way channels do speak about her drug overdose death.
And here's a video where the lady was once actualy discussing the use of drugs.
Just wanted to share it as today I have made a whole tribute website for her.
Owen Lowe said…
Yes, this celebrity death also shocked me the most. Whitney was such a beautiful person, and her voice will eternally transcend through generations. It's just so sad that her life ended that way.
When i heard about Whitney death than i really shocked. Because of drug addiction she spoil their whole life. But no one can forget about Whitney. She is really a very good singer. no one can forget her sweet voice.
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