Enquirer shows Whiteny Houston in open casket

Whitney Houston was buried in a closed casket, which doesn’t mean that everyone can’t get to take one last look at her. That’s where the National Enquirer comes in. Their spies are everywhere and one of them managed to get one last photo of Whitney. That photo came in hand when the NE was trying to decide what to put on their cover! IN the age of the iPhone everyone can be a paparazzi!

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Tommy Chong comments on Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston had been a constant topic of gossip around the Internet since her unfortunate passing on Feb 11. That happened fairly unexpected just before Clive Davis big pre Grammy bash. I say fairly unexpectedly cause Whitney did have a big night on the town a day or so previously and got herself seriously wasted. Many who saw those pictures figured that she was skating around the edge of thin ice.

Within a couple of days Whitney was found dead in her hotel room. She had died in her bathtub. That unleashed tons of drama. The hotel room was locked down for hours while investigators tried to figure out what actually happened. Friends and family of Whitney were turned away at the door – according to some reports. Meanwhile Clive Davis party went ahead pretty much as scheduled. Maybe he thought that she would’ve wanted it that way.

That left the world asking “What happened to Whitney?” Authorities quickly announced that there was no foul play suspected. What they now believe did happen was that Whitney took some alcohol with her lunch, popped a tranquilizer, and then hit the bath to mellow out. When the booze reacted with the pills she passed out. According to some reports she was dead before she submerged under water. There wasn’t enough water in her lungs to have killed her.

Now Whitney is alleged to have ton some cocaine in her day. That would explain how she got $100 million from Arista in 2001 and was rumoured to be broke before her recent death (then again maybe it wouldn’t cause $100 million in ten years is a lot of money no matter how much blow you do). So a lot of the talk is about her alleged drug abuse problem. However it might be worth noting that it wasn’t cocaine that killed her, but prescri0ption drugs. Just like it was prescription drugs that killed Heath Ledger, Michael Jackson (in his case even administered by one of the few doctors in America who still made house calls!), and well many many of your favorite celebrities right back to Marylin Munroe!

Now who knows why this should be. Some one who does have some opinions on Hollywood drug use is Tommy Chong. Tommy got famous for stoner humour back in the 70’s with his then partner in crime Cheech Marin. As Cheech & Chong they were like Abbott & Costello on weed. Marin eventually sold out cleaned up and went on to do cartoon voice overs and cos tar with Don Johnson as his side kick in Nash Bridges. Tommy kind of stayed stuck in the past a little bit. Part of it maybe becauise he has some strong views on marijuana. In fact the recent passing of Whitney Houston prompted some remarks on Hollywood drug culture. Says Tommy by way of Access Hollywood:

“Had she just stuck to pot, she’d be alive today,” the actor-comedian told Access Hollywood on Tuesday night at “The Simpsons” 500th episode celebration.

“It’s when you get into that other stuff… The trouble with that other stuff is that you forget you’re high. You think you’re taking a bath and you’re not. You’re under the water. It’s a sad, sad thing,” he continued.

According to Chong, Houston’s death was a farewell.

“It’s a sad, sad thing. In a way, though, it was like she was saying goodbye,” he told Access. “Like she was passing the torch onto Adele. It was a tough one to let go. It was like she came by and said, ‘OK, I’m out of here.’ It’s a sad, sad thing.”

Now it might be a bit too soon to say that, but Chong does make a point. If a hard pressed celebrity can go home at the end of a long bullshit day and unwind with a dime bag then they can get over the rainbow safely and effectively. If they have some kind of no drugs clause in their contract then it’s a risk they can’t take. They might get pissed tested and wound up in breach of contract. A worse case scenario is that they could get fired. They might just get ordered to rehab and then stuck with the bill.

That’s where the prescriptions come into it. If you can get something from your friendly neighborhood doctor then you’re on the right side of the line. Finish a hard day and pop a couple of Xanax. Should you get piss tested in the morning then what ever they find in you hot yellow cool aid can’t be held against you. That’s between you and your Doc Hollywood. Trouble is that those prescription pills that can get you in some really serious trouble.

Now no one is saying that there’s not a drug problem in Hollywood – allegedly. There are probably many problems down there in the Land of Milk and Honey. However a little clarity on the issue might be nice. It might be important to remember that while some celebrities have gone off the rails with hard substance abuse, it’s the legal stuff that’s killing them.

It’s not just celebrities either. Many people can be regularly pissed tested as terms of their employment and something as innocuous as weed can have serious repercussions. So prescription pills are a legal way to beat the pressure. If marijuana was legalized (and if salvia divinorum is legal then why not marijuana?) then maybe people would have a safe way to decompress. Plus they wouldn’t have to worry about losing a job, or opt for prescriptions with their potentially lethal side effects.

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Whitney Houston downward spiral

You curl your toes in fun as you smile at everyone,
you meet the stares, you’re unaware that your doings all been done.

Is Whitney Houston still battling her demons, or has she given up and decided to go along willingly? Once upon a time and in a galaxy far far away Houston was a Guinness World Record holder for the most awarded female act ever. Then things got way out of hand. Some people say that drugs had something to do with it though apparently Whitney has said that “crack is whack” so she’s not into that stuff. Mind you she started lookin’ rough, and her looks went. Then she went bankrupt, Considering that she made shit loads of money in her career going bankrupt is quite and achievement. Not everyone can piss through shit loads of cash unless they live in Sunnyvale Trailer Park or something.

Anyhow the tabs continued to report on Whitney’s sad fall from grace with the usual “How the mighty have fallen” type stories. Sensible people tune the schadenfreude out after awhile – except Whits keeps adding fuel tot he fire. Like her most recent night out on the town. She was out at a Hollywood night club last night, or maybe the night before – you know how it is when times flies while you’re having fun. Anyway the paps were on hand and they got Whitney livin’ it up. Naturally pictures got taken and here they are:




















A picture is worth 1000 words and in this case it looks like Whits had as about a good time as you can without ending the evening in an emergency ward, or on whip its! She might be in the fast track to rehab except Houston probably couldn’t afford the fee. Mental health and sobriety don’t come fuckin’ cheap and Houston is allegedly out of cash. Back in 2001 she signed one of the biggest deals in recording history (Arista/BMG) – $100 million to deliver 6 albums. Last night, unless it was the night before, she had to call someone to borrow 100 bucks.

So how bad is her financial situation? According to the usual unnamed sources she’s “broke as a joke“. She might even be homeless if not for some committed friends and supporters. To put it bluntly her fortune is “gone”. The situation is so bad that Houston is on the brink of bankruptcy. She’s even facing foreclosure. Morris County Sheriff’s Office has authorized the sale of her 6 million, 10-acre New Jersey mansion for over $1million in overdue mortgage payments. According to the Daily Record of Parsippany, the $6million estate may be seized and sold as part of proceedings.

Naturally her publicist says that Whitney is not in danger of foreclosure and is up to date with her payments. Other claim that she has spent all of her money (including that $100 million deal) and is now being supported by her record label. Arista has given her an advance payment on her next album. However considering the state of her voice these days that might be a dubious investment.

Celebrities aren’t bad people. They’re just little monsters with stars in their eyes who venture out to seek fame and fortune by taking on then world. Just look at what’s left of them when then world gets done with them! It’s like we say here at WondertrashFame and fortune ain’t everything it’s cracked up to be“. A sensible person might turn and run the other way if they saw fame and fortune coming!

It looks too late for Whitney to come up with any kind of viable escape plan – short of faking her own death like Elvis and Micheal Jackson. At the rate she’s going she’s gonna be sharing a room in Dr. Drew’s Celebrity Rehab with Lindsay Lohan and Macaulay Culkin! Makes you stop and think that with a little more motivation that could be you! Mammas don’t let your babies grow up to be celebrities – let them be doctors and lawyers and such. If you’re a regular reader then you can’t say that no one every warned you that rock n roll is a vicious game. Like the catcher in the rye, warning you is a Wondertrash job!

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