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Do you think Whitney Houston's family really sold the video footage of her funeral to benefit Bobbi Kristina?

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Whitney Houston Family Sells Funeral Footage ... for Bobbi Kristina?

Posted by Jacqueline Burt on February 20, 2012 

whitney houstonI found it a little bit odd when Whitney Houston's family decided to broadcast her funeral live on the internet, but the unusual move makes more sense now that I've heard the latest news: Houston's "estate" is now apparently selling the video of her funeral for an undisclosed (but most likely quite significant) sum.

According to a rep for the family, the proceeds from licensing the footage to select media outlets will "help maximize the estate for the benefit of Bobbi Kristina."

Oh! Now I get it!

Of course, the question is ...

Are they really cashing in on the funeral footage for Bobbi Kristina's sake? I'd like to think the answer is "yes." I guess it's safe to assume that if Houston's family didn't license the video, somebody else would have found a way to make money from it ... and Bobbi Kristina would've never seen a penny of those profits.

And of course that money should go to the 18-year-old, arguably the person most devastated by Houston's loss.

Still, the way the whole thing unfolded seems a little bit strange. Like, why bother having the Associated Press provide a live pool feed of the funeral to media outlets if you're only going to force those media outlets to pull the footage 24 hours later? Unless that strategy was some kind of attempt to make the live stream seem like an authentic gesture, a gift for the fans.

I'm honestly not sure what I think. The only thing I know for sure is that Whitney Houston's death is becoming as much of a media circus as her life.

Do you think Whitney Houston's family really sold the video footage of her funeral to benefit Bobbi Kristina?

by on Feb. 21, 2012 at 9:25 AM
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crazybluedaisy
by on Feb. 22, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Several media outlets have reported that she has been living on loans from her record label against her coming (supposed) comeback deal.  The reports pointed out that since she didn't write any of the songs she sang, her estate doesn't profit from years worth of those songs being played.  She only profits from appearances, record sales (a small %) and concerts, etc.  Clive Davis (the guy who discovered her and wrote many of the songs) and Dolly Parton (she wrote "I Will Always Love You") are said to be the ones that are getting paid the most from her career.  Now, you and I could probably live comfortably on whatever her estate possesses but we are talking a superstar living a superstar life, ya know...and I guess there wasn't much left for that lifestyle.

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