When Britney Spears needed it the most, a hero came to her defense. Now, despite the fact she’s been dead for 7 long years, Whitney Houston needs her own Chris Crocker and I’m about ready to to go lie in bed with my phone and record myself ugly crying while I scream, “LEAVE WHITNEY ALONE!”
Rolling Stone is reporting that Whitney’s estate is planning on releasing a new album, and sending Whitney out on tour in the form of a mother fucking hologram. I will not, and I cannot, stand for this level of disrespect. I’ve just ordered a ringer T-shirt and sheets to match for my upcoming viral video demanding that somebody put a stop to this blasphemy.
According to Rolling Stone:
Whitney Houston’s estate has revealed plans for a new album from the late singer, as well as a tour featuring her hologram. Estate executor (and sister-in-law to to the performer) Pat Houston told The New York Times that there are potential plans for a touring hologram, a Broadway musical, branding deals and an album of unreleased tracks.
Since the singer’s death in 2012, the estate has held off on any activity, but Houston said now is the time. “Everything is about timing for me,” Houston confirmed. “It’s been quite emotional for the past seven years. But now it’s about being strategic.”
If you were wondering if Whitney’s estate pulled that 2016 hologram duet with Christina Aguilera because they had a change of heart and ultimately decided it was creepy and disrespectful to Whitney’s legacy, you were wrong. Apparently they were just waiting for a more strategic moment. Part of Pat Houston’s strategy was making a deal with Primary Wave Music Publishing, giving them 50 percent of Whitney’s assets which include “royalties from music and film, and merchandising, as well as the right to use her name and likeness”. And now, in addition to threatening us with a Nippy hologram that sings and dances on cue, Primary Wave is also already in discussions to produce a Broadway musical and a “Vegas-style spectacle”.
The saddest part is the founder of Primary Wave, Larry Mestel, obviously has no clue (or just doesn’t care) who Whitney was, or what she was about. And I guess her estate is fine with that, as long as the money’s straight.
“Whitney was America’s sweetheart. And the idea now is to remind people that that is what her legacy is.”
“For Whitney Houston, who had an elegant voice and an elegant way about her, we wouldn’t do a fast-food brand relationship, for example,” Mestel said.
Oh, that’s nice. It looks like we’re going back to pretending she wasn’t a complicated, layered, and troubled woman who struggled mightily against the manufactured image of “American’s sweetheart” placed upon her by executives and family looking for piece of the pie.
Rest in peace, Nippy. Ignore this mess down here.