Why has the media mauled Whitney Houston?

一個曾經嗑藥過頭+失婚中年婦女,在歷經離婚、戒毒、重拾她熱愛的歌唱生命後,在2009年推出了個人第七張錄音室專輯。這一路走來,除了一路扶持相伴的親友外,還有在世界上各個角落默默為她加油的粉絲,以及一路唱衰、不看好她的媒體,與她的名字緊緊相繫,她的名字叫Whitney Houston-我此生將會永遠最愛的女神!

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Why has the media mauled Whitney Houston?

Reports that Whitney Houston's recent UK gig was a disaster have taken on a life of their own – but I stand by my verdict that it was actually quite good

Posted by Caroline Sullivan

Whitney Houston has started her first British tour since 1999, and it looks as if Tuesday's opening night in Birmingham will go down in history as a truly unforgettable gig – for all the wrong reasons. According to people who'd been there – and a good deal many more who hadn't – it was the worst thing they'd ever seen.

They said Houston was off-key, out of breath and unfit to be onstage, claiming that fans were booing and leaving in droves. Excerpts were aired on radio and TV of the singer sounding wobbly on I Will Always Love You, and American television soon picked up on the story.

Two days after the show, the negativity has taken on a momentum of its own. Two things are being reported everywhere as fact: Houston had done a terrible, tragic show, and half the audience had walked out in disgust. If you read actual reviews of the gig, though, it's a different story. Nearly every newspaper sent a reviewer, and their opinions are remarkably similar.

They say Houston behaved oddly, chatting about nothing in particular for minutes on end, took a 15-minute break only half a dozen songs in, and had trouble reaching some of her high notes. But not one mentioned booing or a walk-out, and virtually every reviewer also found things to praise.

Personally, I thought her voice was still great – there's a power and depth that drug abuse hasn't vanquished, though I confess that during I Will Always Love You I was outside filing the review. If I'd heard it I'd have been less enthusiastic, but otherwise still stand by what I wrote.

So how could the perceptions of fans and critics have been so different? None of the reviewers, who were sitting together toward the front of the hall, heard booing or saw anyone storming out, yet it's clear others did. (It's also clear that thousands of fans loved the show, as witnessed by the incessant cheering here). The obvious answer is that in a room rammed with 15,000 people, it's impossible to see what's happening everywhere. None of the people who've rubbished the gig mentioned the fans who screamed "I love you, Whitney!" or the girl who made Houston stop the show to give her an autograph, yet that happened, too.

It's irritating and unfair that Houston's alleged lack of match-fitness is turning into the accepted version of events. Today's Sun refers to her "disastrous" night, rather contradicting the less damning review it ran on its site the day before (which has since been taken down). The herd mentality are rewriting the facts, and her comeback is now officially "disastrous" – ignoring niceties such as the thousands who were there on Tuesday and enjoyed themselves.





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