Before we start, I want to say I was, indeed, a partial fan of Whitney Houston’s at one time. I think her songs “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “So Emotional Baby” as well as “How Will I Know” are some of the greatest songs of the 1980’s — just seminal works, and fantastic songs no one will ever be able to cover.
Whitney Houston started her comeback Monday on the Oprah Winfrey Show, which made for a rather odd couple. Houston, who has pissed away her fan base through years of drug abuse and blind devotion to the reprehensible Bobby Brown, met Oprah Winfrey, whose blind devotion to Barack Obama cost her a significant portion of her audience.
Houston proceeded to blame Brown for all her troubles:
In the second half of her big comeback interview, which aired this afternoon, Houston says she had prayed for the strength to leave the controlling Brown, with whom she has a daughter, Bobbi Kristina, and didn’t know she was leaving until she was on her way to California.
Houston, who told Winfrey on Monday that Brown emotionally abused her, slapped her and even spit on her once, also alluded to Brown cheating on her: “He did ugly things outside the marriage … I wasn’t going to be in an unholy matrimony.”
For a star who has many times in her career seemed regally aloof from the petty concerns of the world that you and I endure, Houston spoke to Oprah in the manner so many of the abused women that Winfrey has interviewed over the years have spoken. That she was “trying to please” an “emotionally abusive” husband. That “I would become a little girl” in his presence. That there was an element of masochism to the abuse: “I was very interested in having someone have control over me.”
But as Houston became a bigger star than Brown (she locates the period as occurring around the time of The Bodyguard), she claimed his insecurity and jealousy increased with hostility. “He spit on me,” she said with quiet vehemence, as though reliving the degrading moment.
And drug use. At one point, Houston tried to explain the combination of drugs she was taking during her worst times, and Oprah had her break it down. “I wasn’t getting high by myself,” she said. “We were partners.”
And Oprah made a terrific connection that Houston seized upon. “Now I see… you took those [marriage] vows seriously.” Yes, Houston said, yes! With the warped logic of the addicted, she said she thought that even in those cocaine moments, “holy matrimony was very serious to me”.
Okay — so, the emotional abuse was Bobby’s fault. He spit on her; he controlled her; he slapped her. He forced her to use drugs.
And, see, that’s the part that gives me problems. You need to won your own addiction, Whitney. YOU took the drugs, Whitney. You did it willingly — you admit it yourself. YOU are the addict, here. Until you admit your own involvement, you will always be an addict searching for a fix, a high, a buzz.
And then the minimizing begins:
Ms. Houston described a relationship with Mr. Brown that was tempestuous, to say the least. Another time she hit him on the head so hard with a telephone receiver that he fell down bleeding, just as their daughter entered the room.
Isn’t that a physical assault?
Did Whitney just cop to aggravated assault on Bobby Brown?
Whitney, you’re such an airheaded ditz. Did you think you’d get some sympathy from your failed marriage here? Some absolution from the drug use; the abuse on both your parts; the destruction of your career?
You were an airheaded ditz in the 80’s when you claimed to be a Christian but simultaneously professed to be a reincarnated Egyptian Princess. You were a hypocrite for professing to be an evangelical Chrisitan and then singing a song like “Saving All My Love For You” where a woman waits anxiously for her married lover.
Sadly, you’re not only an airheaded ditz; you’re also an airheaded ditz that refuses to take responsibility for her own actions. Thanks for modeling that action to a new generation of women who will emulate your stupid actions and blame them on their poor choices in men.
And your voice is ruined now. Just retire and go away.