Saturday, February 18, 2012

Are We Lost?

Today is Whitney Houston's funeral in Newark, New Jersey.

It is being streamed on CNN.

I am not watching it.

Reading some of the stories about how 'upset' people are for not being allowed into a private family and friends viewing at a funeral home makes me wonder how far we have become removed from reality.  Some of the quotes from the offended parties are something to behold:
“I’m a taxpayer in the city … born and raised in this city … They should stop treating us like animals. We’re taxpayers … We made this lady who she is today,” resident Floyd Bishop said.
Ok, so you bought her music and such - that doesn't necessarily mean that the family owes you anything.  I would be interested in knowing the political views of the gentleman quoted, because I would like to get his take on other things his taxes fund.  Given the city in which this is taking place, I would not be shocked if there is a total disconnect in this complaint versus how he views other tax expenditures.

The question posed in the title has more to do with the fact that we are, unfortunately, a completely 'star-f*cking' culture.  Look at what we care about (as a culture) - awards shows, clothing on the red carpet, professional athletes, politicians' wives, movie premieres, and the like.  People are getting into a snit because they can't indulge their fandom in what should be a solemn private ceremony of remembrance.  

Today's funeral is for Whitney Houston, the person, the woman, the individual who has been known for 48 years by friends and family who loved and cared about her.  It is most decidedly not meant to be another opportunity for our culture to engage in one more exercise in star-f*cking.


Doyler said...

Yeeeeeeeeeeeesh. Just because she was a public figure doesn't mean the most intimate parts of her life and death should be public, or that it is owed to anyone. Just strange.

I blame twitter...sort of.

Joshua Lattanzi said...

Precisely. Nice to know that I am not the only one who feels this way.

Twitter is to blame, somewhat; CNN is also to blame.