Sunday, December 5, 2021

‘Whitney’ Attracts 11.8 Million; Singer’s Estate Blasts Lifetime & Bassett

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*Saturday night was a good night for Lifetime as the network’s Whitney Houston biopic garnered very strong ratings.

According to Nielsen Fast Cable Ratings, 11.8 million total viewers tuned in to “Whitney” as well as the two hour-long specials that followed its premiere, “Bobby Brown: Remembering Whitney” and “Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances.”

Regarding “Whitney,” 4.5 million total viewers were attracted to the film, giving Lifetime its most-watched telecast across all key demographics since “Flowers in the Attic” last January.

In addition, theYBF.com noted that reaction on social media was present as “Whitney” became the most tweeted-about program for the day and Lifetime’s second most tweeted-about program ever. The film’s star, Yaya DaCosta took to Twitter to thank fans and critics for their support of “Whitney.”

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While DaCosta’s appreciation was noticeable, so was the Whitney Houston estate’s reaction. Prior to the film’s airing, the estate’s president, Pat Houston, slammed Lifetime and “Whitney” director Angela Bassett a statement posted on Whitney Houston’s Facebook page. The following is Pat Houston’s entire statement:

“My daughter came home from high school yesterday and shared with me inquiries she had endured from her peers and teachers about the upcoming TV movie about her aunt Whitney. She was somewhat exasperated and said she did not get it – that a woman who claimed to be her aunt’s friend would direct a movie that seems so unloving towards her Aunt, and how it could affect her cousin Krissi. I share with you the thoughts I shared with my daughter yesterday – that there is often a fine line that separates elevation and degradation in the industry. What lifts up one person in the headlines may in fact destroy another. I don’t think it ever entered their minds that they were assaulting the legacy of another individual; they just want the job or the opportunity to shine. But to do so in such an incredible way, to go after someone who cannot correct what you get wrong, someone who – like so many people, and especially women – struggled to hold up their humanity and live with dignity despite their personal challenges, is wrong.

“It is easy to turn a blind eye to other people if you’re not careful. But the needs of Whitney’s family matter. We have dealt with her every emotion from the day she was born until the day she died, which gives us absolute position and absolute authority as a family to feel the way we do about her legacy. We matter. We’re still here. Why wasn’t there a call to myself, Gary, Cissy or even her daughter? Why deny selected members of the family an advanced copy of the film? As we once again enter a season of bereavement and the strategic timing so close to the anniversary of Whitney’s death, this is a disappointment that any of us who loved her could do without. This creative pursuit at the expense of the integrity of such an iconic woman, who is voiceless today, reeks of condemnation and deceit. It reeks of enslavement to an industry that will likely do the same to you one day. As my grandmother used to say, “Keep living.”

“I say this to all Whitney’s family, friends and fan base: If you watch this movie, watch it knowing that Lifetime is notorious for making bad biopics of deceased celebrities and brace yourself for the worst. You should not be surprised that someone decided to do a made for TV biopic. And, I might add, without the family’s blessing and despite her mother’s request to not do this movie. It happens every day. But misrepresenting the term friendship to advance an agenda is not only disrespectful and dishonest but a slap in the face to her true and loyal friends. You should expect people will always rise to the occasion for prominence and profit – not love, respect or honor. I question the morality of the making of this because of the lack of experience knowing Whitney’s life. Never would Whitney allow her story to be told by an inexperienced team and how naive of anyone to think otherwise, unless you’re caught up in illusions of grandeur that you can just do anything and people will accept it. This made for TV movie is certainly not a trailer to Whitney’s life story.

“God gave us a gift in Whitney and she gave us her best, despite what stories are told. We will wear a breastplate of armor for Whitney and that’s what friends are for. In the spirit of Whitney’s ‘I Go To The Rock’: ‘On Christ the solid rock I stand.. all other ground is sinking sand.’ Let’s just be peaceful in all of this. Truth is violated by silence just as much as by a lie.”

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23 COMMENTS

  1. I really would not have gone to the movies to see another Whitney anything. However, to enjoy this movie on lifetime was the best. No matter what anyone can say Ms.. Angela Bassett did a utmost great talented job. Now what is the real motive for the Whitneys Estate is it real about the money let Whitney rest in peace. !!! 11.8 Million watchers come on in on night and the stay awake.

  2. Pat what kind of mother are for not telling you daughter the truth.what you should’ve told is that Angela did i good job everything in the movie your. Aunt did.and i knew she was doing it but set back and watch. Her do it because. I want her to continue. To make money for us so she can pay our bills.im mad at Angela because she did the movie frist and she didn’t let me or your cousin Christine be in the movie.

    • SPELL CHECK!!!!!
      YOU MAKE NO SENCE AT ALL AND YOU CAN NOT SPELL!!!!! WHAT GIVES YOU AN OPINION ON THE MATTER??????? SURELY YOU WERE NOT THERE DOING DRUGS WITH WITNEY HOUSTON?????!!!!!

  3. The fact the movie were more about whitney and Bobbie .I found nothing disrespectful but the fact was that whitney was a drug addict . That did happen in her life ,nothing to be a shame about just a fact she was amazing drugs or not God made her Special, she had started to clean up her life before she died but its still was a true part ,tell your children Pat Houston the truth .

  4. First of all, Pat Houston needs to take several seats. This family seems to be in so much denial, looking for someone to blame other than Whitney herself. The truth of the matter is people loved Whitney in spite of her addiction, because she had a voice like no other. Everything else about Whitney is what it was, and they need to just stop trying to pretend it didn’t exist, and also stop blaming Bobby Brown. Whitney was doing drugs until the day she died..sad, but TRUE…Pat and Gary Houston were riding on the coattails of Whitney’s success. That much is very obvious, and a lot of people around Whitney were nothing more than enablers, which is how it works with celebrity addicts worth lots of money. Instead of complaining and wanting a sugar coated story….they should have considered getting on board. I am a HUGE Whitney fan, but I didn’t watch this movie, but have heard a LOT about it. I feel her story has been played out so much, would it have truly had appeal on the big screen anyway? Aside from Cissy and Bobbi Kristina, I think the rest of this family is about nothing but greed and money, and making sure the checks keep coming. I wonder how that’s working for them now. Didn’t Bobbi K get the entirety of her estate? So is she keeping them up now?

  5. Way to go Angela, fantastic job. Whitney’s “Estate” as they call it with their disapproval should be very happy that many of the actual horrifying events of Whitney’s life was not published in this movie… I believe Angela was very respectful in the scenes depicted; All of the Houston’s know the real truth of the “good girl” gone bad! Whitney was not a princess and you all know it! Do you all think the public is that niaive not to know the real Whitney while she was alive – we knew; but when you love someone you do regardless of who they are or who they become. Love is unconditional and love love Whitney regardless of her flaws or poor decisions….

  6. I watched the movie and it is unbelievable to me that Whitney introduced Bobby to drugs. That seems to be a flat out lie as he was a thug.Whitney should of never married him. Sex and lust makes you do anything. Bobby Brown is a poor excuse for a human being. I wonder how it feels for him to still be getting a check on behalf of Whitney even after she is dead. His interview was 50-75% true and the rest are lies. Come on Bobby, you don’t know why she gave you a divorce. I’m done! Lies. Angela Bassett, I had such respect for her. Anything for money I guess. Bobby leaving Whitney’s funeral, what a disgraces. He is sick. They couldn’t have stepped on her grave any more. Clive Davis used her to get money. She was his hooker and he was her pimp. Whitney made bad decisions but had a golden voice. Bobby Brown, Angela Bassett and Clive Davis way to go you made money how do you feel? Making money or loosing your dignity and self respect which one do you choose. A man without a soul is like the walking dead. These people had no compassion and love for Whitney all warped in greed. I feel sorry for Whitney’s true friends and family.She was bigger than a tv movie. Her life story should have been in movie theatres for millions to see. This Lifetime television movie was disgraveful. So sorry to the family. R.I.P. Whitney Houston, you deserved better. Know that I will always love you.

    • My best friend’s brother was Whitney’s original piano player. And I know for a fact that Whitney was using drugs long before she met Bobby. Why was Bobby a thug in your eyes? It’s people like you who’s head actually have to be emerged into a toilet of shit before you admit that shit stinks.

    • MLBrooks,
      If, you are a true fan to Whitney Houston then you’d know that her youngest brother admitted that he was the one to introduce Whitney to drugs. Yes, Bobby Brown was/is a thug, but I don’t think he is a liar…you could tell from his body movement in his interview. That’s something most good journalist study and know if the person they are interviewing…are lying. I love Whitney Houston, like the next fan…cried for days as if I knew her RIP. But, truth be told Whitney had been doing drugs long before Bobby. He must be a good man to allow such horrible things to be said, about him and he has never defended those allegations until know.

      We as FANS can morn her death and celebrate her legacy, but I hope we ALL learn from what celebrity status and influence could do and where it could lead us.

  7. Pat Houston is wrong. Period!

    Ms. Bassett did a very good job with this film, and Ya ya was extremely good in this role.

    This film did not intend to tell Whitney’s life story. From the start Ms. Bassett said the film was about Whitney and Bobby’s relationship, not her life story.

    These folks seemed pissed that they were not included, and especially on even thinking that Bobbie Kristina could play her mother! Come on now! Get real.

    Where in the film did it show that there was no love for the “Auntie”?

    It is unfortunate that so many people are blinded by the reality and facts of her life, so much so that they are in denial about who she really was. She had a great talent, and Clive Davis made her a star, and then tried to help her with a come back, but unfortunately her voice was gone. I have a new found respect for Bobby Brown who finally told the truth! Everyone who was in the business knew that he did not start Whitney on drugs.

    No one did anything to Whitney except Whitney, and what Pat Houston needs to be doing is to direct Krissi to get an education.

  8. It’s really sad that the Pat Houston feels the need to be so defensive about the things that Whitney experienced in her life. It seemed to me that Whitney lived her life on her terms. She dealt with her consequences the best that she could I’m sure. Although, I didn’t personally know her she was a kindred spirit and I know that she was here for the time that she was meant to be here…and she is certainly missed.

    My hopes are that the family (Bobby included) are able to put their energy into helping Bobbi Kris. She is still here and s the one that needs the prayers and support of her family now.

    Whitney is at rest and she doesn’t need anyone to fight for her legacy…she was loved and she left us with timeless gifts of her music and acting.

  9. Didn’t like the movie. I think Whitney deserved more respect. If she was my mother, sister in law, cousin I would be mad too. People should mind their own business and do your lifetime story leave that to the family. I think Angela Bassett was wrong. That’s my opinion, we all know what Whitney went through, but her family knows better, all you know is what the media portrays. I back the family on this one, same way with Aaliyah.

  10. “Smacks head “Can we talk about the convo above where one person spells sense ” sence” then the person arguing with that person chimes in and points out they spelled sense wrong but wrote “since ” is this not funny ….. R.i.p. whit…. Sheesh

  11. I love Whitney like no other and I also was in denial for years regarding her drug use. I watched the movie and I was sick to my stomach I did not know that she was such a drug addict. At the end of the day we have to acknowledge what we do wrong in our lives and stop putting the blame on someone else. Because Bobby had the bad boy status everyone focused on what he did. I love Whitney and will never stop loving her but wrong is wrong and right is right. Yaya did a wonderful job and Angela did a great job.

  12. At first I wasn’t going to watch it simply because the family did not bless this effort and there is something to be said for that blessing especially from her Mother. There was so much more to her life so much to her beginning days from singing backup to modeling then to superstardom. What’s Love Got To Do With It is an excellent example of how a biopic for Whitney should have been handled. The Lifetime special focused primarily on her addiction and her tumultuous relationship with Bobby. I do believe she was using before Bobby came into her life and then they both sunk to all those lows because they both had weaknesses and who doesn’t. I wish the totality of her story could have been told.

  13. I agree with the family that this movie was in poor taste, and that Whitney deserved better. (I must give credit to participants in that they delivered a better that average Lifetime movie. Deborah Cox’s renditions were great.) There are clear discrepancies about the drug use, i.e., the movie says Bobby saw her first use at her 26th Birthday party, he says, it was on there honeymoon(about 3 years apart). Bobby also says it was done at home in their bedroom, so it’s quite possible that most of her family (non entourage) didn’t really know the extent of the use. How many of us have things going on in our own homes that our families know nothing about? The long and short of it is we all now know Whitney used, and it obviously, and tragically, got the best of her. There no need for assigning blame, it serves no purpose, it won’t bring her back. It still breaks my heart that she’s gone. But what really disturbs me about this movie is that she was depicted as so insecure, naïve, and pathetic. I recall quite clearly the tabloids running stories about how demanding she was while making The Bodyguard, and in control of her career, but here she’s shown to be afraid of, and running away from work, so where did all this whining and crying come from? As for Bobby, like or not, she had a passion for him and her marriage, they just made her look desperate. They just left out all the spark, the spunk, the passion, the beauty that was Whitney. Whether that was intentional or not, I can’t say, it just didn’t come across well.

  14. I wonder whether Bobbi’s suicide attempt had anything to do with how her mother was portrayed in this movie. Too bad it focused on sex and drugs more than her incredible talent.

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