Friday, April 19, 2024

Whitney Houston’s Family Finds New Ways to Cash in On Her Death: Hologram Tour with Band Led by Her Brother is Planned


Is there nothing else Whitney Houston’s family can do to her now that she’s dead?

You think, no, what else could there be? She’s dead, her daughter’s dead, her possible worst secret has been revealed in a documentary sanctioned by the family? What else is there? You wrack your brain.

And then, here is is: a tour, featuring Whitney as a hologram, with a band led by her brother Gary, husband of Pat Houston, Whitney’s executor.

That’s it.

I remember when Joseph Jackson brought a Michael Jackson imitator with him to the BET Awards four days after Michael died in 2009. That seemed to be the bottom of crassness.

But now there’s this. The remaining Houstons have figured out a way to cash in on Whitney and debase her at the same time. Basically, her brother will now be on stage with his sister’s ghost. Is there an audience for this? Who could those people be?

What could stop this folly? Maybe Sony not giving them the rights to the musical recordings. That would be a blessing.  Anything to stop this madness.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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