Houston fans complain: ‘Our tax dollars entitle us to attend private viewing’
posted at 1:56 pm on February 18, 2012 by Howard Portnoy
Which part of private memorial ceremony do Whitney Houston fans not understand? CBS News New York reports that a viewing of the fallen icon limited to family and friends was held on Friday at a funeral home in Newark in advance of the funeral, which is today. And her grieving fans are not happy that they were “excluded.”
Newark resident Charlene Williams is quoted as saying:
Cissy Houston should come out and wave to us and say thank you. She shouldn’t have them keep us away. We bought her music. We helped succeed in what she had done over the years.
One can understand fans’ heartfelt desire to say their farewells to a performer they admired, but this one expects the singer’s mother to cut short a solemn final visit with her daughter’s remains so that she can blow kisses to paying customers?
Even more revealing are the views of residents who believe their tax dollars somehow entitle them to attend a private service. Here is resident Floyd Bishop:
I’m a taxpayer in the city … born and raised in this city … They should stop treating us like animals. We’re taxpayers … We made this lady who she is today.
Resident Shawn Holsted voices a similar grievance:
Taxpayers paying for all this, treating us like we’re from the street or something. Make no sense.
In the grand scheme of things, this is a story of little consequence, but it carries an important, and cautionary, message about how far the sense of personal entitlement has come in twenty-first-century American society.
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