‘Whitney’ biopic, specials score big for Lifetime on Saturday

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Did they want a Whit-wash?.

While Lifetime’s Whitney Houston biopic was packed with many hell-to-the-yes moments, not everyone was happy to see a skewed version of the singer’s life story on the small screen.The American Horror story actress has made her directorial debut with the movie, titled Whitney, which has just aired on Lifetime in the US, and charts the relationship between Whitney and RnB star Bobby Brown.Almost all the “Whitney” viewers stayed for the subsequent hour in which Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown provided his perspective on life with the diva. Perhaps no one was more upset about Whitney than Houston’s own family, who shared a long statement criticizing the unauthorized biopic on the singer’s official site.

Her sister-in-law Pat Houston, president of the Whitney Houston estate, has posted a lengthy statement attacking Angela’s film on the late star’s official website. Bassett, who had met Houston when they both starred in the film “Waiting to Exhale,” said she expected there would be other future films on Houston. The film focuses on a five-year period in Houston’s life, telling the story of her love affair with Bobby Brown and the birth of her daughter Bobbi Kristina.

She said: “If you watch this movie, watch it knowing that Lifetime is notorious for making bad biopics of deceased celebrities and brace yourself for the worst. It happens every day.” The statement also takes special aim at Bassett, Whitney Houston’s Waiting to Exhale co-star who the family accused of using her friendship with the singer as license to help usher the biopic into production and give the project legitimacy. “Misrepresenting the term friendship to advance an agenda is not only disrespectful and dishonest but a slap in the face to her true and loyal friends,” Pat Houston wrote. “You should expect people will always rise to the occasion for prominence and profit – not love, respect or honor. “ And, I might add, without the family’s blessing and despite her mother’s request to not do this movie.” But in her statement Pat wrote: “The needs of Whitney’s family matter. The fans, it seems, concurred. “This @lifetimetv movie doesn’t do Whitney Houston’s legacy any justice, so far it’s only sex & Cocaine #Whitney #WhitneyHoustonMovie,” wrote one, while another added: “Did Lifetime get clearance for these sex scenes?!?!? We have dealt with her every emotion from the day she was born until the day she died, which gives us absolute position and absolute authority as a family to feel the way we do about her legacy.

Why deny selected members of the family an advanced copy of the film? “As we once again enter a season of bereavement and the strategic timing so close to the anniversary of Whitney’s death, this is a disappointment that any of us who loved her could do without. The former model claims she spent hours watching videos of Houston in an attempt to study all of her mannerisms. “Beyond any mimicry, there was a certain essence that I challenged myself to capture on stage.

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