Thursday, February 16, 2012
Whitney Houston flag controversy
Some people are up in arms over New Jersey governor Chris Christie's decision to lower the flag at half staff to honor deceased singer Whitney Houston. I think it was mighty White of him to do so.
I take it as a blatant vote grab. Career politicians do this kind of stuff every day. Christie, who has Presidential aspirations, should be arrested for pandering, as this was simply an effort on his part to endear himself to the black community. Houston was a great entertainer. Her rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at the Bills-Giants Super Bowl is probably one of the best on record, in my humble opinion. However, her life took a wrong turn when she decided to turn to drugs. Preliminary reports say drug use caused her death.
I liked Kurt Cobain and Heath Ledger as well. But honoring them with the flag would have been akin to condoning their lifestyles, too. I would have been against that, also. What kind of message does this send to impressionable young people (both white and black)? Drug use is such a serious problem in our culture and should never be glamorized in any way. Clearly, soldiers and law enforcement personnel killed in the line of duty are deserving of this honor. However, entertainers? Here is Christie explaining his decision to the people of New Jersey. He should just stick to kicking field goals for the Bills...