After Celine Dion expressed anger, hurt and sadness on a Good Morning America segment Monday that drugs and dark influences overtook Whitney Houston’s life, the media is having a field day twisting her words into accusations that drugs killed the 48-year-old singer.
Dion, who called in to the show to speak with GMA’s Robin Roberts, began by expressing how much Houston influenced her English career, then launched into a lengthy response about how Houston’s story—and that of other stars like Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Amy Winehouse and Michael Jackson—scares her.
“Whitney has been an amazing inspiration for me. It’s just very unfortunate that drugs and, I don’t know, bad people, or bad influence, took over,” Dion began. “It took over her dreams, it took over love and motherhood. There’s something that happens that I don’t understand, and that’s why I’m so scared. I’m scared of show business, of drugs, of hanging out and that’s why I don’t do parties. We have to be afraid.”
And yet a flurry of comments on Twitter criticized Celine, saying things like “Who is she to pass judgement on anyone?” and “How arrogant, pompous and rude of Celine Dion. Tell her to save her drug abuse sermon until [toxicology] reports are complete.” Media then jumped aboard the bandwagon, conjuring ridiculous headlines…
In fact, Whitney Houston’s family was told by L.A. County Coroner officials that the singer did not die from drowning, but rather from what appears to be a combination of Xanax and other prescription drugs mixed with alcohol. An autopsy was completed Sunday while toxicology results are pending.
There is simply no denying that no matter how tragic her death, Whitney Houston was a troubled soul. A post on The Wrap acknowledges that “Whitney Houston’s sad and sudden death on the eve of the Grammys after a well documented history with substance abuse has plunged the media into schizophrenic mode as it wrestles with ways to praise her legacy while acknowledging her lurid end. “Before that, most news organizations by and large focused on on her super-stardom, on her climb to the top of the music charts with a uniquely powerful and stirring voice,” The Wrap said. “In the first blush of death, the pop star’s final, drug-addled decade was a parenthesis.”
Leo Braudy, author of The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History, added that Whitney “was the walking wounded, but the press is not going to alienate her fans by writing that. So it becomes this mixed bag between weeping on the grave and dancing on the grave.”
Truth be told, Houston’s latter years were consumed with drugs and booze. Plain and simple, Celine’s compassionate “rant” is right on. Here’s the Good Morning America interview… *