I haven’t seen the Whitney Houston documentary Whitney yet, because I barely just saw the Mister Rogers documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and it caused a strange medical phenomenon to happen to me. It caused an unusual clear liquid to drip out of my eyes and warmness to fill my usually colder than a penguin’s culo chest. I’m still not back to my empty-inside-self yet, so I need to heal before I go see Whitney. But because C.J. wrote about it on this site, I know that in Whitney, Whitney Houston’s former assistant Mary Jones claims that the other Warwick, Dee Dee Warwick, molested Whitney when she was a child. Whitney’s brother Gary Houston also says in the documentary that he was molested from the age of 7 to 9 by a female family member. Dee Dee was 18 years old than Whitney. Dee Dee died in 2008, so she can’t respond herself, but her sister, Dionne Warwick, and Whitney’s mother, Cissy Houston, are speaking for her. They are spitting at both the allegations and the movie.
Whitney was authorized by The Whitney Houston estate, but don’t include Cissy in that. Cissy slapped down several allegations in the film (like that they named Whitney after a white sitcom and that four or five families took care of her children at one point), but she’s really angry about the molestation allegation. Cissy said in a statement she gave to People that she and Cousin Dionne didn’t know about the abuse allegation until two days before Whitney made its premiere at Cannes on May 16. Cissy and Cousin Dionne don’t and won’t believe it:
We cannot, however, overstate the shock and horror we feel and the difficulty we have believing that my niece Dee Dee Warwick (Dionne’s sister) molested two of my three children.
Cissy also crawled into the mind of Whitney before saying that if she was molested, she wouldn’t want the public to find out in a movie.
Although she spoke about her struggle with drugs, the interventions, her daughter Krissi and issues in her marriage, she never PUBLICLY spoke about her father’s stealing from her or revealed any claim that she had been molested. IF she was molested I do not believe she would have wanted it to be revealed for the first time to thousands, maybe millions of people in a film.
She also looked Mary Jones up and down for being her daughter’s so-called “confidante” and airing out rumors like that:
I know the woman who was identified as Whitney’s “close confidante”. If she was my daughter’s “close confidante” it would seem she chose to betray Whitney’s confidence by publicizing rumors and hearsay. In any case Dionne, [my other son] Michael and I do not know her the way we knew and loved Dee Dee Warwick. Dee Dee may have had her personal challenges but the idea that she would have molested my children is overwhelming and for us unfathomable.
Cissy ended her statement by saying that she doesn’t like what the filmmakers, including director Kevin Macdonald, delivered and she’s saddened at how they made Whitney look like a victim when Whitney was not that.
After people have seen the film they will draw their own conclusions and we are not trying to change that. We just want people to know there is another side. While the filmmakers certainly had the legal right to make this film, I wonder at the moral right.
You can read Cissy and Dionne’s entire statement here. Cissy and Dionne are mad and you can tell by their scattered ALL-CAPS words. It seems like Cissy is scared of her family’s reputation getting tarnished and her looking like a shit mother. But not once in her statement did she say anything about Gary’s abuse. Not once. So because of that, I’m going to have to use Cissy’s “Not Here For This Shit” face against her and give her entire statement 5 out of 5 Not Here For This Shits.