Monday, February 13, 2012

Time to Move On

Seems to be a lot of craziness going on about one thing.  This past Saturday, we lost a legendary artist named Whitney Houston.  I grew up on Whitney.  I remember seeing her sing and thinking how eerily similar she looked to my mother.  Well, I didn't think about the eerie part because I didn't know what that word meant when I was 7.  I always thought she was beautiful and talented.  Her voice was so powerful and soulful, yet she was fun enough to be a pop star.  However, she had a lot of demons.  She did a lot of drug abuse that ultimately caused her to lose face with the world.  She seemed to be doing better, however the damage was already done.  However, the thing that bothers me is the crazy idol worship that's happened since her death.  I love my friends on Facebook, I truly do.  However, I've seen so many statuses and tweets about Whitney and how they miss, love, and idolize her.  No need for that.  There's no need for us to get all saddened by the loss of someone we have no idea who they are.  Especially when there are soldiers in our armed forces who die everyday on the field of battle.  There are people who die of cancer, AIDS, hunger, and drunk drivers everyday.  We don't need to spend all our energy wishing for a singer to come back when there are family members grieving the loss of their child, sibling, spouse, or parent due to something terrible like a disease or untimely death.  We need to stop idolizing famous people who die and start honoring those who sacrifice.  Look, I'm sad over Whitney's death, I truly am.  I was saddened to see her die and I feel awful for her family for losing someone special to them.  But you say your words and move on.  Don't dwell on the death and turn them into some sort of god.  I can't help but think about the death of Michael Jackson.  It was saddening to see him go.  However the idol worshipping of him made it unbearable to turn on the television for about 2 weeks.  Whitney's music is being celebrated, however she was a punchline not even a week ago.  So not only is she being worshipped, she's being worshipped by people who had no interest in her well being just a week ago.  So do you really miss the woman or do you just like to be seen as a caring person when you're not.  It's bothersome to me.  Like I said, I understand being sad over the death of someone you liked to listen to or watch on television.  Let's just not get ridiculous with it with the overwhelming worship of said person.  A simple statement is all you need.

Unless you promise to do the same for our troops, victims of senseless crimes, and those who perish due to diseases like cancer and the like.