Posts Tagged ‘Whitney Houston’

They Said What??? Cissy Houston, John McCain, & Ted Nugent

ROCKER TED NUGENT

(a gun rights activist to CNN’s Piers Morgan):  “Do you care about murders? Or do you only care about about murders with guns?  I don’t think you do. I think you care about guns. You’re obsessed with guns.”

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“99.99% of the gun owners of America are wonderful people that you are hanging around with here today. Perfectly safe. Perfectly harmless. Wonderful, loving, generous, giving, caring people. Would you leave us the hell alone? Go after the nut jobs, go after the murderers, because I don’t know any. We need to lock up the bad guys and when people show dangerous, murderous intent, which everyone one of these mass-murderers showed.”

ARIZONA SENATOR JOHN McCAIN

(in a Tweet than some in his party see as racist):  “So Ahmadinejad wants to be first Iranian in space – wasn’t he just there last week? “Iran launches monkey into space”

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(in response to the backlash): “Re: Iran space tweet – lighten up folks, can’t everyone take a joke?”

BALTIMORE RAVEN BRENDON AYANBADEJO

“Everyone’s been talking to gay people their whole lives whether we know it or not. We really believe that you’re born gay. I’ve had plenty of conversations with people that are gay and they say they are born gay, no different than me being born this beautiful almond coconut color that I am. People are born gay. So why treat them any differently? It’s time that we treat everybody fairly.  And not only are we trying to dictate who should love, we’re also trying to dictate who people should be.  If a woman wants to wear a man’s clothes or if a man wants to wear a woman’s clothes or you feel like you’re a woman on the inside and you’re really a man. Who cares? Let’s just treat everybody equally. Let’s move on. Let’s evolve as a culture, as a people.”

POP SINGER JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

(at a New Orleans Super Bowl concert before singing his hit “Cry Me A River”):  “Sometimes in life, you think you found the one, but then one day you find out that she is just some bitch.”

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(clarifying that he wasn’t talking about his ex, Britney Spears, in a Tweet):  “Ok. I see you. Wouldn’t disrespect ANYONE personally. Ever. #Relax #ItsBritneyBitch I do love that saying though*with accent* #Respect.”

LIBBY PHELPS ALVAREZ

(granddaughter of Fred Phelps, Westboro Baptist Church.  She left the church four years ago):  “They think that they are the only ones who are going to heaven and if you don’t go to that church you’re going to hell.  There was a point when we started praying for people to die.  I didn’t actually do that but I was around when they did it.”

SINGER CISSY HOUSTON

(about getting an invitation to Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party where he was going to have a tribute to her daughter, Whitney):  “[It’s] the most obscene thing. I don’t know why they would want me to come to the party in which she died, you know? Unheard of.”

Anthony

Whitney Houston’s Mother & Her Conditional Love

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost been a year since the world was shocked by the death of pop songstress Whitney Houston.

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On February 11, 2012, the 48-year-old singer was found dead in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, one day before the Grammy Awards.  The autopsy showed that she drowned in the bathtub and subsequent toxicology reports attribute that to heart disease due to chronic cocaine use.  That is old news and heaven is now blessed with her angelic voice.

What disturbs me and prompted today’s blog is a revelation that Whitney’s mother, Cissy Houston, makes in her new book, “Remembering Whitney”, that was released yesterday.

Remembering Whitney

In the book, she talks about Whitney singing in the church choir, becoming a superstar, her struggles with fame, her turbulent marriage to singer Bobby Brown, and the drug use that ended her life.

Anyone who was a fan of Whitney knew about all of that.  What some people might not have known about were the gay rumors that dogged the pop star back in the late-1980s.  There was always gossip that Whitney’s relationship with her personal assistant, Robyn Crawford, was more intimate than just working together.

Whitney Robyn

In her book, Whitney’s mother writes, “I knew I didn’t want Robyn around my daughter, and I told [Whitney] that. There wasn’t much I could do though. [Whitney] liked Robyn. She was past the age when I could forbid her from seeing someone. Kids have a mind of their own when they get older. They want to experiment with all kinds of things. And I don’t know if it was more than that.”

Recently, Cissy sat down with Oprah Winfrey.  Oprah read that excerpt and asked Cissy, “Would it have bothered you if your daughter, Whitney, was gay?” and she replied,  “Absolutely.”

Cissy went on to say that she would not have liked it at all.

When I hear that, I try to be objective.  Cissy Houston is 79-years-old and religion and gospel music play an integral role in her life.

However, it really disturbs me that a parent could not or would not accept their son or daughter for who they are.

I’m sure there are some people who know if Whitney and Robyn had more than a professional relationship.  But, who’s to say what would have become of Whitney if she were a lesbian or bisexual.  If she and Robyn had become an open couple, she might not have ever dated and married Bobby Brown and she may not have gone down the road of destruction with drugs.  But, then again, she might have anyways.  That’s all speculation.

I’ve always found it very disheartening, and even more so now that I’m a dad, that there are parents who do not accept and love their children unconditionally if they knew or suspected that he or she were LGBT.  I’m not sure if religion is the reason that Cissy would have found it upsetting if her daughter was gay or if there were other reasons.

All I know is that my God, the one I pray to each night, loved Whitney for what she was, his child — straight, gay, or anything in between.  And, he’s happy to have her with him now.

Anthony

A Night of (Fake) Stars

Now that I’ve been back from Las Vegas for almost two weeks, I’ve blogged about the Madonna and Elton John concerts, the fantastic food I ate, and seeing “Argo” and knowing that it’s going to be big at this year’s Oscars.

This is the final blog entry about that trip.  While some paid hundreds to more than a thousand dollars to see Madonna for her two concerts in Vegas, Ray and I really hit the jackpot on our last night in town.

We saw some of the biggest names in the entertainment business:  Madonna, Gaga, Whitney, Diana, Rihanna, Janet, Katy, Bette, and Dolly, all at the same show for the bargain ticket price of only $56 for the two of us!

Okay, it wasn’t the real stars.  It was part of the longest running show on the Las Vegas Strip, “Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas” at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino.  But, Frank, who does an incredible Joan Rivers, wasn’t there that night.  However, there was no shortage of star power.

While the real Madonna was entertaining down the Strip at the MGM Garden Arena, the Diva’s “Madonna” held court as she opened the show.

The same entertainer that did Madonna also did Lady Gaga.

And, Dolly Parton!

While she wasn’t in “Thunderdome”, Tina Turner was there.

The late, great Miss Whitney Houston was alive and well on stage.

And, that performer returned later as “The Boss”, Diana Ross.

Katy Perry was on hand for the fun.

Oh, I think I forget to mention that the back-up dancers were hot!

Vegas would not be Vegas without the “Divine Miss M”, Bette Midler.

While Michael is resting in peace, Janet Jackson was definitely in “control”.

And, the performer that did Janet came back later in the show as Rihanna.

 

The emcee of the show filling in for Frank Marino was very funny and entertaining and she had a costume change after each performer!  I would have loved to see her do a number, too.

Sadly, Cher, Britney, and Reba were missing from the show.  Oh, Beyonce, was there.  However, it was more of a comical number that didn’t go over that well with me.  The performer was much better as Tina Turner.

If you’re in Vegas, you have to check out the “Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas” show.

Oh, did I mention that the Diva performers are female impersonators?

Anthony