Thursday, January 21, 2021

‘Whitney’ Biopic Gets Thumbs Down From Pat Houston

pat-houston*Pat Houston has no love for Lifetime’s Whitney Houston biopic.

So much so that she took to social media to slam the film and its director Angela Bassett. Houston, the president of The Whitney Houston Estate, released an official statement on the airing of Lifetime’s airing of “I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story” on Friday, the day before the film’s premiere on Jan. 17.

The following is part of Pat Houston’s 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.

Despite the criticism from Whitney Houston’s family, the biopic was a success for Lifetime, drawing a reported 4.1 million viewers during its premiere.

Bassett weighed in on the family’s lack of support for her film as she noted their decision to not give their blessing for the much-anticipated project.

“It was the family’s choice and decision, because of what they want to do and whatever their desires or their plans are, not to be involved in this one,” she told Associated Press last week during the film’s Los Angeles premiere. “But they didn’t have anything negative to say about it. You know, sometimes to be silent is the greatest gift.”

To read Pat Houston’s entire statement, click here.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. No, Pat’s not a loser. These networks, Lifetime in particular, only care about MONEY. Angela Bassett hasn’t really done ANYTHING significant since she filmed ‘What’s Love Got to do With It.’ This was not about wanting to tell Whitney’s ‘story’. This was about trying to stay relevant (Bassett) and grabbing ratings at any cost (Lifetime). If the family had stated their desire for them not to do this, especially without their blessings or consent, then they (Lifetime) and Angela (the ‘friend’) should have respected that. I would be more impressed of Angela if she’d for once make a film where she’s not doing the over acted laughing/crying/giggling thing she does. As far as the ‘truth’ that Pat is supposed to tell her daughter, I’m sure she was very much aware of the drug use, the alcohol abuse, and addictions her aunt experienced. She just wanted to know how was it that someone who claimed to be her ‘friend’ would want to exploit these issues, and, I’m sure, as a way to remain relevant, without considering how this would affect her cousin. They asked for an advanced copy of the film, and I’m sure that the only reason they were turned down was because they were afraid the family would make such a ruckus that they would be forced to either delay or shelve the project altogether. I applaud the Houston’s that in spite of Whitney’s personal issues, they would not want to see her legacy defined by a cheap, low budget, film directed by an actress whose shelf life expired a long time ago.

    • Maybe Angela Bassett is a better director than actress. Either way she didn’t lie or tell us anything we did not know about Whitney. This movie took nothing or add anything about Whitney’s life. I thought it was done with good taste, a love story. If the Houston’s have a problem with the movie, then they should make their own movie and leave out what they choose. No matter whom make a movie about Whitney WE as individuals have the right to our thoughts. With that being said, “Pat Houston your fight is not with Angela.”

  2. There’s nothing in that movie that we didn’t know already. So what’s the family pissed about That they weren’t given the chance to airbrush history? Whitney was a great singer, yes, but an imperfect human being – like any of us. The family should get used to that.

  3. Wow! Glad I REALLY LIKED THIS MOVIE. No need to sugar coat things since much of Whitney’s adult life was always headlines news. Why is Pat Houston in charge of Whitney’s estate anyway? I’ve always felt that she was very jealous of Whitney when she was alive.

  4. The true gold digger here is Pat Houston. Her husband Whitney, brother, is still using. Whitney, never hid her demons. So what makes Pat Houston, in charge of airbrushing the truth. I personally felt, the movie was wonderful and tastefully done. Whitney, loved life, but the late Whitney, knew she had alot of blood suckers, after her. Especially her sister law Pat. I still find it strange to this day, why didn’t Pat, pay more close attention to Whitney, the night she passed away. I still feel in my heart, Pat Houston, stood by while Nippy, ended her life. Pat, in the words of Torri Harte kill yourself”

  5. i agree with most of the sentiment here. No need to attack Angela Bassett because she didn’t show us anything we didn’t already know. I believe Pat’s upset because she wasn’t involved in anyway or paid. She needs to sit her daughter down and tell her the true about her auntie who is despite her addictions is a bonafide LEGEND! The arc of Whitney’s life is much greater than any of her trials. Get real, Pat!

  6. The movie was pretty good. Remember, Pat Houston wrote all of that stuff when SHE HADN’T EVEN SEEN THE MOVIE YET! No matter what you do, it is not going to please everybody. Since Pat is in charge of Whitney’s estate, I guess she felt that she had to say something. We already knew all of that stuff about Whitney anyway. The TV show “Being Bobby Brown” is the show that really showed Whitney in a negative light – and that was the real Whitney.

  7. Family is mad because they didn’t do the movie first. The movie could have been nominated for a Golden Globe and they still would have given it a thumbs down so it is just about who jumped on the Whitney bandwagon first and it wasn’t them. They are also probably mad a Bobby Brown about what he said about her on his show after the movie.

  8. Whitney deserved more than a tacky low budget movie!!!! She left a great musical legacy. I hope when fam heals they will let Face and Clive release an Oscar worthy movie with GREAT actors…..Tina Turner!!!!!!

  9. The movie should have been about the story of Whitney and bobby and their relationship. It really wasn’t about just her life in general. Maybe if the movie was titled that then Angela wouldn’t have so much criticism towards her film.

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