This is a special edition of A Moment With Morris. This is part of an ongoing series I affectionately titled "A Cold Cup of Coffee". Bringing you real life without the sweeteners, a cold and sometimes bitter, but always necessary sip of reality. This time we’re looking at “Keeping It Real Pt 2 (Whitney Houston Edition)”.
Now “Keeping It Real” was addressed previously in respects to being ourselves. The idea of being and acting how we want to regardless of what other people think or might say, was the message. Not feeling the need to conform to everyone else’s thoughts, ideas or trends. Though those statements still hold true, we’re shining the light on a different area today.
Recently the world lost an iconic figure. Singer and superstar Whitney Houston died at the age of 48 from yet to be determined circumstances. She was a Grammy Award winning singer, sold millions of albums, starred in several movies even set the bar with her performance of the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXV. She inspired millions and was the prototype for generations of singers to follow. Her death was a blow felt by many. Her funeral service was a global phenomenon and will be discussed for years to come.
For all of her talent, achievements and accolades these aren’t the things Whitney Houston has been known for over the last decade. She has been the butt of countless jokes. Her drug abuse has been compared to the likes of Charlie Sheen and her tumultuous relationship with ex husband Bobby Brown was coined, “The new Ike & Tina”. People have been insulting and passing judgment on her for years. Now that she has passed she is once again in the world’s good graces. It’s been a while since our last cup but fear not there’s an ice cold pot ready to go…
First of all I believe Whitney deserves every bit of acclaim for what she accomplished in her lifetime. I take nothing away from her talents or to the degree in which she inspired so many. My issue is with everyone else. That’s right, everyone else who called her a crack head. Everyone else who did late-night talk show monologues describing her dysfunctions. Everyone else who performed comedy skits of her getting beat up and then running to the pipe. There were even betting pools on when she would die and of what cause? All of those people who are now shedding tears.
When did it become okay to drag someone’s name and character through the mud in life and think that’s fine as long as you praise them after death? Be real! If you hate someone, own it! If all of the people showed her this amount of love in life maybe it would have been easier for her to deal with some of her demons. Or stay true to your beliefs. If you feel that “the train wasn’t late” and she ended up exactly where you thought she’d be, no don’t gloat, but put away the tears.
I’m just sick of the fakeness. Let’s take this a step further…since her death Bobby Brown has been getting raked over the coals. He’s been blamed for everything wrong Whitney ever did. He’s being held responsible for every one of her dreams that fell apart. He’s one discovered angry text message away from “Freddy Krueger” status. So if something happens to him soon I don’t want to see these same people all teary-eyed breaking out their old New Edition t-shirts singing, “Tender Roni”! If I was Bobby, I’d be flipping the world more birds than KFC.
Sony Music & Apple recently caught backlash because they started a campaign to “honor” Whitney Houston. Making sure she was all over the radio and internet. It was then found out that 30 minutes after she was pronounced dead they raised the price of her music on itunes. Ain’t that a b*tch?!?
This moment is about addressing our two-faced society. Keep it real, I honestly feel people would accept a helping hand or a giving heart easier if they believed that more people were genuine. How much would you trust a group that made a fortune off of someone’s pain then turned around, crying wishing things didn’t happen that way? Or “friends” that publicly ridiculed you then called you an inspiration? Own your judgments or don’t make them! Can we please put an end to the b.s., fakeness, and Bitchassness?!?
As for Whitney Houston, don’t disrespect her spirit with the nonsense. My only request is, before you pay tribute and go into your rendition of “I Will Always Love You” only do it if you truly loved her.
Rest In Peace Whitney Houston.
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