Can Aretha Franklin be Forgiven for Not Attending Whitney's Funeral?
Like everyone else on the planet, I've been following the tragic death of Whitney Houston from People Magazine to TMZ to the live feed of her funeral, I just can't seem to get enough of all the news coverage. I even had a debate at my office about whether she drowned because she fell asleep in the tub or if she had died from the drugs first - I guess we'll all have to wait for the toxicology reports to put the mystery to rest once and for all.
I also watched dozens of interviews with Whitney Houston - one with Diane Sawyer, another with Oprah Winfrey and even a recent interview from an entertainment show where she was on the set of her new movie "Sparkle" and seemed so hopeful.
But unfortunately, the chance to be rehabilitated is now not an option and her family and friends have all had to say goodbye. That is, except for her Godmother, Aretha Franklin. Well, she sort of said goodbye. She was on the "Today" show talking about Whitney and she performed at Radio City Music Hall the night after Whitney's funeral but "leg cramps" prevented her from attending one of the saddest moments in her dear friend Cissy Houston's life.
According to the Daily News, Aretha was afraid that if she came to the funeral, she would be in so much pain that she might have to be taken away in an ambulance and would disrupt the service. So instead, she stayed away and rested so that she'd be in good shape for her performance later that night.
I don't know about you, but when it comes to family and friends, I follow the drop everything for the ones you love so that you can be there with them to celebrate or mourn together. You don't think of yourself when a dear friend loses their daughter. You take an ibuprofen, you suck it up and you go. If Aretha were too emotional to say a few words or if she was feeling ill, she still could have sat next to Cissy, held her hand and cried with her. Instead, she sent flowers to apologize for not being there.
According to reports, Cissy was upset with something Aretha said about Whitney during her Today show interview but either way, Aretha should have been there - not texting about it so that the world could see she cared about Whitney Houston.
I know I'm just one of the millions of outsiders peering through the window of this terrible tragedy, but it seems like Aretha Franklin could have given her dear friend a lot more RESPECT and been by her side during the darkest hours of her life. Nevertheless, Aretha did perform this moving tribute to Whitney during her show so I guess her heart was in the right place, but she could have sung this song at her funeral and not at a paid engagement.
What do you think? Did Aretha Franklin do the right thing by not causing a stir at Whitney Houston's funeral or should she have sucked it up and been there to support Cissy Houston?