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Whitney vs. Elvis: Who fell harder?


Whitney Houston / contributed photo

Some said media have been more critical of Whitney Houston, “The Voice,” for her drug addictions than they were of Elvis Presley, “The King of Rock and Roll.”

Is this true?

While we don’t know yet what killed Whitney Houston on Saturday, but we do know that she battled addictions, which she shared in an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2009.

Many have already assumed that Whitney’s drug addictions killed her, and they are disgusted by her. But others worship Elvis, who died of an overdose in 1977, despite his addiction to prescription drugs.

Elvis Presley / contributed photo

What’s the difference?

Oprah cited an LA Times article: “The pain, and frankly, disgust that so many pop fans felt during Houston’s decline was caused not so much by her personal distress as by her seemingly careless treatment of the national treasure that happened to reside within her.”

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One Response

  1. Secondhand Rose says:

    Honestly, until she died I was under the impression that Whitney had been A)pulling her life back together and B)was on the comeback trail. Seems to me her issues hadn’t been covered by the MSM for quite some time insofar as any continued drug use was concerned; most of the headlines I glanced at recently only indicated that she was either healthy or on the verge of collapse; anorexic or gaining too much weight; fighting tooth and nail with Bobby Brown or getting back together with him. I was not entirely shocked to hear of her death, however; it was more of a “gee, it took THIS long to happen?” kind of reaction.

    When Elvis died I was EXTREMELY shocked. I didn’t like Elvis; didn’t pay much attention to him after his “comeback” in 1969/1970, and so I didn’t hear a whole lot about his purported drug use, only about his extreme weight gains followed by his even more extreme weight losses before each concert tour. It was only after his death that the bulk of his drug use became widely known – to me, anyway; I’m sure there were many people who had already heard of it long before 1978 but I wasn’t one of them. Back then the scrutiny wasn’t so intense as it is today.

    As for the funeral coverage, I think it was ridiculous on both accounts. Whitney was no saint, yet she was canonized; Elvis was no “Southern gentleman” yet he was crowned “King.” People have claimed that both artists were “the best singers in the world” yet I can think of quite a few others out there who are/were better than both of them.
    Immense sums of money were wasted on extravaganzas that could have been put to better use – for example, how about a Whitney Houston Music Scholarship for voice students in the New Jersey school districts she attended? Or a wing of a hospital named for Elvis Presley?