November 8, 2012


Bobbi Kristina on Whitney Houston Tributes: "This Is Bullsh-t"

Christopher Polk
Christopher Polk

It looks like that brash, unfiltered individualism that marked Whitney Houston's life (and in many ways, continues to mar her father's) didn't skip a generation. Bobbi Kristina, the 19-year-old daughter of Houston and Bobby Brown, lashed out at people publicly mourning her mother via the Houston family's Lifetime reality show.

"All these tributes and everyone, ’Oh I loved your mom, I missed her.' You guys are the same people that criticized her when she was alive," Bobbi Kristina said on the latest episode of The Houstons: On Our Own. "So, to me, all this is bullsh-t."

Whether she's talking about the BET Awards tribute she specifically didn't attend or just the general glut of Houston homages, you have to feel for the kid. She lost her mother at a young age and you gotta think half of the people she meets bring up that loss, probably hoping to assuage her sadness by praising Whitney but in reality just opening a fresh wound.

And she has a point: The media tends to relish the failings of stars while they live and then deify them posthumously. One thing that is not in questionable taste, though, is a reality show about a star's family launched after their unexpected death. That's pure documentary journalism.