Do you see that picture of Whitney Houston that I put right up there? That picture where she’s happy and smiling and, you know, alive? I chose that picture because I don’t think it’s appropriate to showcase photos of dead people. I don’t want to see a picture of a dead person when I’m checking out some celebrity gossip, and I assume that you don’t either.
Here is where the National Enquirer and I disagree.
If you run out to the grocery store or wherever you browse trashy tabloids, do you know what you can expect to see? You can expect to see Whitney’s body, lying in her casket at her funeral, right on the front cover. Just right there. While you’re trying to find the gum or checking to see when the world is supposed to end this time or what Bat Boy is up to these days, you’ll probably actually see a corpse instead. Is anyone else disturbed by that?
Besides the creepiness of this (I really can’t stress enough how creepy this is to me), what a dick move, right? Think about it: someone had to actually take this picture at Whitney’s funeral. Then someone had to give the photo to the National Enquirer. Then someone, or, more likely, a number of people, had to decide that the right thing to do would be to put the picture of a dead woman on the front of a magazine. There are too many bad ideas here to count.
And it’s not like someone who actually knew Whitney won’t see this, you know? Poor Kevin Costner might step out to buy some milk and come across that awful image. Hell, even someone who didn’t personally know Whitney might have just had someone close to them die, and seeing this cover might not be the happiest thing for them. Seriously, there are so many things wrong with this.
I realize there’s a time and a place for some people to look at photos of dead people. I know there are some people who even take photos of loved ones at their funeral, and while that’s not something that I would do, some people find that a comforting thing to have, and that’s ok. You know what’s not ok? Taking that picture and putting it on the cover of a magazine. Have I emphasized that enough?
Obviously, I’m not posting the cover photo here, but you can easily find it if you’d like. More importantly though, what do you guys think of all this? Is there some reason I’m missing for why this is an acceptable thing to do?