Sunday, February 12, 2012

Stream of Conscious Sunday: The Death of a Celebrity

Whitney is dead.
Amy is dead.
Michael is dead.

Tony Bennett has come out and said their deaths are the reason why drugs should be legal.

Yes, Tony Bennett is offering political commentary now, less then 24 hours after Whitney's death.

What is this world coming to?

What is this world coming to?

On a message board I frequent a comment was made indicating the hypocrisies of the music industry.
When someone like Kurt Cobain or another artist in a rock or alternative band dies, the overall sentiment seems to be "Well what do we expect? Drugs are part of the scene?"

When a rapper dies, again, the fault lies on the deceased.
What do we expect, he ran with the wrong crowd? He perpetuated the lifestyle. He was a thug.

When a pop star, like Michael Jackson, or Amy Winehouse, or now Whitney Houston, passes away, the world stops. Shows on network television are interrupted, while radio stations play endless tracks and friends, friends of friends, etc... all talk of how impactful their life was on the world.

Really, what's the deal with that?

In the end, the world keeps going with every death and passing. Be it Michael Jackson or Kurt Cobain, tomorrow will still come. While their passing is sad, it's not the end of the world.

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  1. Jackie,
    I think that it really says a lot and not in a good way about the celbs that come out of the wood work to stick their faces in front of the camera and do dumb things like Mr Bennett every time there's a death in their community.

    These people who die are sad and live mostly tragic lives and now newly deceased Whitney Huston joins a long list.

    Hollywood and the music industry has some winners don't they? Drug need to be legal, couldn't be dumber!

  2. All drugs? Really? I'd vote to legalize marijuana, but other drugs? Ummm.... no.

    I like this 'Stream of Conscious Sunday". Well done, Jackie!

  3. Fortunately, Tony Bennett gets paid to sing and not to write U.S. drug policy. He's good at singing and at dressing stylishly, as was the late Ms. Houston. It's not the end of the world, but I choose to remember her for the joy her songs brought me. I remember her early career fondly from my childhood in the '80s.

  4. Hear, hear! I wish a child dying in Africa of hunger got one tenth of the publicity that a celebrity, no matter how talented, receives after they kill themselves through neglect and addictions that they pay huge amounts of money for. That could have paid for a whole poor nation to recover.
    Frankly I could not care less aout the drugs and their legalities, it pisses me off that that is the cause they chose to fight for. I mean there is war and hunger and illness that takes lives and they are being the spokes person for cocaine?! Really?!?!


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