Are our expectations of a tabloid really this high?

Posted: February 25, 2012 in Entertainment, Personal
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Unless you’ve been under a rock, you know that Whitney Houston died this month. For fans everywhere, it was a tragic loss, especially to R&B and gospel fans. As if the overload of coverage on TV, news, and other outlets wasn’t enough (particularly the negative coverage), now fans of the legend are speaking out against the photos the National Enquirer published on Wednesday.

I admit it’s pretty horrendous, but it’s a tabloid. Are we really that shocked that they would stoop this low? I guess I’m more upset that someone from her circle, or perhaps the funeral home workers sold this photo. I mean at the end of the day, she was a person. She still has a mother and daughter that have to live with this grief, and to see it splattered all over a rag mag, even a tabloid is despicable.

The National Enquirer has been doing this for years, but what can the family do about it? I guess there’s some legal action, considering they didn’t have permission to publish the photo. Where do you draw the line from them printing stories that President Obama is secretly dating Oprah or monkeys have humans for babies to publishing Whitney in an open casket. Either way, people are speaking out about it all over Twitter and the media.

Did we expect them to do the right thing and not publish the photo? It is the Enquirer we’re talking about. Also, the funeral was streamed all over major networks so it’s hard to demand privacy now. I guess we could also look at it from the perspective of how instantaneous things are on the Web and in the media. If they opened up the funeral to fans and for any old Joe, photos or videos would have appeared on Twitter and YouTube as soon as the repast started. So, who deserves the blame, exactly? While I think it was too soon and wrong in regards to her family, I just don’t know why people are surprised about it. Controversy and trash sells. The main people complaining and hash tagging #Enquirergonetoofar are the main ones buying into it. I guess I’m guilty too because I cared enough to post about it.

Read here for The Washington Post’s take on it as well as the LA Times.

  1. anamated1 says:

    Ah yes. More issues concerning privacy. I have deeply-seeded opinions about celebrities and their privacy. The thing is, they gave up pretty much all claims on their privacy when they decided to become celebrities. They all know that going in. At one point, they were the ones on the outskirts, witnessing the way the media handled celebrities. If we know what to expect, you know they know what to expect. The second the Houston family agreed to broadcast the funeral on TV, they gave up all rights to claim privacy. I’m sorry, but deciding to open up an event to cameras that will broadcast all over the world means opening yourself up to all kinds of trouble. The person who took that picture is obviously a disgrace, but hey, they might have figured that everyone else was going to see everything else anyway. It’s not like it was something to be ashamed of. She looked beautiful. The shame comes from the fact that someone profited off of that. In this day in age, however, everyone profits on everyone’s lack of privacy.

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