An NBC News headline reports that the late Whitney Houston, who is no longer here to explain or defend herself, was ‘queer’? Is this fair? Is this journalism? Comment below.
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Nov. 9, 2019
NBC News – Whitney Houston’s story has been surrounded by tragedy both in life and after her death: Her untimely death followed by her daughter’s; her father’s company’s $100 million lawsuit against her while she was still alive; how the media and pop culture treated her addiction to drugs and Bobby Brown like a joke.
But perhaps one of the biggest is Houston’s loss of her own narrative.
No matter how many interviews she gave or cameras she allowed to follow her, it could feel like the real Whitney was buried somewhere inside of her public persona.
Houston’s incomparable talent and beloved status made her a global icon, but no matter how many interviews she gave or cameras she allowed to follow her, it could feel like the real Whitney was buried somewhere inside of her public persona.
After her death in 2012, Houston’s story was offered up by her family, her husband and documentarians Nick Broomfield and Kevin Macdonald, alongside tabloids and gossip blogs.
These various people were all trying to tell us who Whitney truly was.
But it was clear few could agree when it came to Houston’s sexuality, especially her relationship with long-time friend and openly gay woman Robyn Crawford.
Unless some kind of lost diary surfaces, fans will never hear from Whitney directly.
But Crawford’s new memoir, “A Song For You: My Life with Whitney Houston,” offers a perspective that doesn’t speak for Houston, but for Crawford, who has remained silent about her relationship with Whitney for decades.
In an early excerpt published by People and in an interview with NBC News Dateline, Crawford confirms that she and Houston indeed had a romantic and sexual relationship. The relationship eventually ended because of homophobic pressure.
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