- Whitney Houston is scheduled to begin another tour – eight years after her death.
- The legendary recording artist will appear on stage as a hologram.
This looks like a shameless cash grab.
The family of Whitney Houston is trying to milk every last drop of her legacy. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Houston is about to embark on her first tour since dying eight years ago – as a hologram.
Californians were jazzed to see one of their icons for a night, but a full-blown hologram tour? Nobody wants that. This was just a one-off show, and
it still got mixed reviews.
. Any fan in their right mind would stay home and watch him on YouTube for free. But what if the fans r eally want this, you ask? Well, my friends, then art is dead.
Holograms: the Beginning of the End
If people are actually excited to pay money to watch a video game version of Whitney Houston, then who knows what’s next.
Maybe living artists will start sending their holograms on tour. Maybe Kevin Hart will Skype his next tour from home. God forbid, maybe people will start going to basketball games where Kobe Bryant
is playing Wilt Chamberlain.
Have we completely forgotten what it means to be a performer?
Part of the magic of performance is seeing the artist execute their vision, live in the flesh. When a performer dies, their magic lives on through their recordings and our memories. Eventually, that fades too, and someone else fills in the space.
The next Whitney Houston should not have to compete with CGI Whitney Houston. After all, it’s not like Whitney was competing with video game Billie Holiday. Let’s move on and let our icons move on as well.
What If Ghosts Are Real?
I know we don’t have any concrete evidence that any part of us continues after we die. But what if Whitney Houston is somewhere out there, in the ether, just trying to rest? Will she have to watch some fake knock-off version of herself belting out tunes?
That title is apt, considering Houston likely never consented to this type of exploitation, and she can’t get paid for it.
In the same New York Times article referenced earlier, Whitney Houston did not want her name on the Hollywood Walk of Fame because she did want people “walking on her name.”
Unfortunately, her family is showing us that you can get walked on even if you’re not in Hollywood.
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(This article was edited by (Josiah Wilmoth)
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