We’ll only care if you’re famous.

As you probably know, Whitney Houston passed away on February 11th. Her funeral took place in Westfield, New Jersey today, with approximately 1,500 fans in attendance. Her talents will surely be pissed, and her music will continue to be listened to for generations to come. She was 48 years old.

While her cause of death isn’t known just yet, rumors are swirling around and polls are being taken on what the public believes killed her. Was it a drug overdose? Foul play? Who knows.

My main question in this is; why do we care so much?

Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate Whitney Houston’s accomplishments as much as the next person; however, it really bothers me that while we speculate and gossip about what killed Whitney, thousands of people are going missing and/or being killed without anyone taking notice. Yes, Whitney was a public idol. Many people were able to connect to her music and relate to her struggles (no pun intended) with her ex. This goes for all famous deaths- Michael Jackson, Brittany Murphy, the list goes on; I just can’t help but feel that much of the time we’re using on the internet, watching TV, or poll-taking could be used to find missing children, sex and drug traffickers, murderers, you name it.

It’s such a sad world when the death of one person means more to a nation than the death of thousands every day, just because said person was famous.

I do wish her family and friends the best; however, I also wish that the rest of us would get up from the couch/computer desk/bed/wherever and go do something productive other than mourn the loss of someone we’ve never known.

RIP Whitney Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012)

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One Response to We’ll only care if you’re famous.

  1. kyle says:

    I think you could expand this issue to nearly any story about celebrity. For journalists the struggle is deciding what is news. One way you decide what the news should be is considering what everyone is talking about. Many would argue this “street talk” variable is given more weight now more than ever. Why? If you do stories about what everyone is talking about, it’s most likely to have the widest appeal. The mainstream business models for journalism depend on getting eyes on your product. Does this mean journalists should give the audience what it wants over what it needs?

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