She was talented, beautiful, kind, and down-to-earth. She had many, many friends. Some weren’t friends. Whitney Houston died last weekend at the age of 48.
Commentaries and obituaries all referred to her talent, her divorce, her problems with drug use.
What isn’t being said in all of the commentary on her is what the entertainment industry sucks out of such wonderful talents who bring us so much joy and happiness. People have no idea whatsoever how hard those singers and actors work.
And no idea what drugs are pushed on them to push them to work more, work harder, work longer, sing louder, dance faster, make more money.
Whitney wasn’t alone. Think of Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson. Marilyn Monroe. Sure, they were ambitious, but their managers worked those poor people to death. Even though Jackson’s doctor got time in prison, how many other medical people have escaped that punishment they so richly deserve?
Prescription drugs, illegal drugs, alcohol … these mind and mood-altering substances have been wreaking havoc on our entertainers for decades.
They work as hard as athletes, or dancers, maybe harder, but often they have less mental discipline and physical training to ward off the evil influences of those around them. Athletes, too, have similar problems, but many survive because of their early training.
Of course, IFO isn’t recommending any new laws, but she does recommend serious social pressure against the handlers of these delicate flowers to protect them. Perhaps the public should refrain from buying the products of these entertainers after they die. This would remove any possible motive to hasten, shall we say, the demise of the star.
Investment lesson? Take care of yourself, physically and mentally. Don’t let anyone, ANYONE, tell you what medicine to take, what to do or when to do it. That is your decision.
It can be done. Dolly Parton. Reba McIntire. Frank Sinatra (he certainly did it his way), George Burns, Elizabeth Taylor, Angela Lansbury, Meryl Streep… and many, many more entertainers have survived and are surviving. It can be done.