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Money: There’s absolutely nothing “Private” about Whitney Houston’s Funeral

Houston (48) died last Saturday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The musician was found as reported by various reports submerged underwater in a bathtub by a member of her staff just hours before she was scheduled to attend a lavish pre-Grammy party by her mentor and music scene icon Clive Davis.

Peculiar to one's self; unconnected with others; personal; one's own; not public; not general and separate from the public; that’s what a private thing or rather funeral is. The funeral being streamed live is no longer private as they claim it to be. While fans are not invited to attend the "private" service, they will then be able to watch it live either online or on television, if the Associated Press (AP) allows broadcasters to air the footage.

There’s absolutely nothing private about this funeral rather than the AP saw an opportunity to leverage the event of her death. It would be fair if fans are allowed to attend because they would still make money even so, not all people were going to attend anyway because it was going to be crowded.

I am coming from the point that when this is streamed live from the AP website, please do watch how advertisement will disturb you. This is nonsensical and I am sure Houston never wished that her fans, the people who bought her music will not be given the personal opportunity to attend her funeral.  

Now it’s no longer up to her but those that represent her and what they need to benefit from selling the rights of the “private” funeral to be streamed live by AP. Every television channel will now have to buy broadcasting rights from the AP.

Her legacy is a very complex one, because of the drug and alcohol abuse and generally erratic behaviour that overturned it. Should we question that? No, her legacy is unquestionably inconceivable because of the wholesome catalogue of music she leaves behind and the great memories we will cherish of one of the impactful voices not many human are gifted with. Honestly it was a God given gift to the international music scene.

Following the service, the R&B soul will be buried next to her father Russell Houston Jr. Who died in 2003, reports are at it that Houston’s funeral service will be presided over by gospel singer Marvin Winans, a long-time friend of the family unit.  

By Buchule Raba|Independent Journalist|Producer|Publicist / leave your comments for me below the comment box or send them via email to editor@goxtranews.comClick here to follow me on twitter or add me on Facebook here

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