The obligatory no vote for Whitney Houston’s sainthood post

150064980-11172430The weeping and faux tears you’ll see from the entertainment industry and especially black entertainers regarding Whitney Houston’s self-inflicted demise with be so overboard, phony and non-stop you’ll want to kill all your radios and TVs in the coming days.

Don’t believe a word of it.

Houston, like so very many others in the entertainment industry died because she had no real friends left after destroying any meaningful relationships; and like Elvis, Belushi, Morrison, Joplin, Hendrix, was in the end surrounded only by those protecting their paychecks.

Like the weekly story about the 600-pound idiot who is killing himself with fried chicken and ice cream…. who gets him the fried chicken? There’s your perp.

Sure God gave Houston great talents and she threw it back in His face.

It’s not the first and it won’t be the last time someone has disrespected God and themselves to death.

There will be some glittering and lavish BET extravaganza of overweight black women in garish outfits from Frederick’s barely able to hold back tears over what Houston meant to them. But what did they ever do for her? Pass the pipe?

TV specials will solemnly note her passing and “foundations” and “awards” will be announced, but in the end no will admit the truth:

Whitney Houston is dead because she was a selfish, self-destructive crack-head unwilling to face her demons with courage or conviction, and because the so-called entertainment industry’s dark, soul-less nature took everything she had and plowed straight ahead in a never-ending attempt to wring from her diminished talent and strength the last 30 pieces of silver.

Never fear…. like Elvis, there’s more to be made from the dead…. Whitney’s “Double Re-Mastered Platinum Greatest Hits” will soon be available at Wal-Mart and Popeye’s Fried Chicken outlets near you.

If the entertainment industry cared even a little they would use Houston as a poster girl for cleaning up their own decadent, gratification at all costs, sleazy existence which so often first destroys a person’s talent… then destroys the person who had the talent.

But the industry that killed Houston did not give a damn about her, yet will now shed buckets of alligator tears at her funeral where far lesser talents will fight for a few minutes in spot light to justify the fact they stood by and watched her kill herself.

Could she have been saved from herself? Who knows? Who tried? And in truth I don’t really care…. if you’ve seen one suicide, you’ve pretty much seen them all.

The fact is that no one was willing to lose their connection, employment, free tickets or access to the rich and famous by standing up to her and declaring they they were unwilling to bob along in her wake as she committed a long suicide….

And if someone did… that’s all and the best they could do.

You can only tell someone that “the bridge is out” so many times before you have to jump to save yourself.

Most of the Memphis Mafia stayed with Big “E” until his grotesque end in a fake French antique bathroom because they were desperately hanging on to their paychecks.

And it was the same with Houston and her “posse” who stood by as late as yesterday as she….

 ….. displayed erratic behavior throughout the afternoon — flailing her hands frenetically as she spoke to Brandy and Monica, skipping around the ballroom in a child-like fashion and wandering aimlessly about the lobby. It was mentioned by a Grammy staffer that security personnel received calls of the singer doing handstands by the pool.

In the end she lived the life that she wanted to live .


About Gary Alexander

Volunteer coordinator for veterans support network in North Texas. Now retired from his private psychotherapy practice, I specialized in the diagnosis and treatment posttraumatic stress, working with victim assistance programs, veterans and the Veterans Administration for over 20 years. After being wounded in action in Vietnam, I was medically retired from the Marine Corps and know first hand many of the readjustment difficulties and psychological stresses experienced by today's OIF and OEF veterans. I am available, at minimal cost, to speak at your functions on several subjects including veterans issues, Vietnam, the Medal of Honor, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and critical incident debriefings.
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8 Responses to The obligatory no vote for Whitney Houston’s sainthood post

  1. “And if someone did… that’s all and the best they could do.”

    As someone who drank myself in to oblivion over a 25 year period, but for the grace of God I’m still here. She had wonderful God given talents, more resources than anyone could wish for, yet she choose the path of self destruction. This is the nature of an industry of self-seeking, instant gratification, self-centered predators. By definition, to be honest, “that’s all and the best they could do.” I know her demons, they are all alike, they just take up residence in different folks heads. I spent 15 months “in country” developing my own. It took 25 years of self medicating and another 22 in recovery before I found out the dirty little secret was PTSD. Thanks to another Vet, who read between the lines of my BS some 4 years ago, was caring enough to steer me in the right direction and I was willing confront my own denial thus my own demons.

    “A principle which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance – the principle is contempt prior to investigation” ….. H. Spencer

    Leatherneck, ya know what I’m saying….. Semper Fi

    She at last found the peace she was seeking, unfortunately there was another path – Rest Her Soul.


    • Indeed I do, my brother.
      A dear friend of mine embarked on a 25 year old suicide after we met on a Navy Hospital recovering from wounds.. . his were severe, but he dealt with those as Jarheads do… but the invisible wounds grew worse day by day.

      I’ve never felt more helpless. He had all the tools as far as we were concerned, but not the ones he needed.

      Semper Fi……. do or die.

      M/3/1 — RVN 1969
      Quang Nam, Hill 55, Hill 10, Go Noi Island

  2. Will S. says:

    Pretty well said, Gary. But I would extend the circle of villians to include the media that chooses who and what to cover, as well as the “fans” who ultimately have the appetites (and money) that all the other folks are trying to both create and satisfy. I pity her as much as I pity all those unknown vets who have struggled, alone and often penniness with their demons. I don’t approve of recreational drugs, but I do think that alcohol, while legal, can still do a pretty good job of destroying a person. Keep on keeping on. I will miss Whitney’s talent… but I had already given her up… I just wish someone with access to her had not. Semper Fi (Great comment, Winch… welcome home, brother).
    Will S. – Sgt. USMC Feb68-Dec71

    • Good points as always Will….
      The only think the media likes better than elevating “celebs” to the heights is tearing them apart on the way down.

      What confounds them are folks like Tim Tebow or Gary Sinise who won’t play the “I love me–You love me” game.

  3. Bob Mack says:

    Read this in The Fate of Empires by Sir John Glubb, CO of the Arab Legion 1939-56. Seems appropriate:

    The heroes of declining nations are always the same—the athlete, the singer or the
    actor. The word ‘celebrity’ today is used to designate a comedian or a football player,
    not a statesman, a general, or a literary genius.

  4. Steve says:

    And a no talent like Bobby Brown got to ride her coat tails……


  5. Irene says:

    Read this recently…when Elizabeth Taylor checked into the Betty Ford Clinic in 1983 she was only one of the patients there…made bed, cleaned bathrooms, etc…whatever everybody else was required to do. Now the Hollywood rehabs (Passages Malibu was the one mentioned) are just another component of the “entourage.”

    From Passages website: “We do not believe that drug and alcohol dependency is a disease.” Yeah, that’ll work! /s

  6. Ron says:

    About the only thing really worth remembering about Whitney Houston was her very good rendition of the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXV. So many others who “sing” it butcher it up so badly that it makes a person feel like puking. Bob Mack sure hits the nail on the head…

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