Whitney Houston family expects ‘the worst’ from Lifetime biopic
Whitney Houston’s family says the singer’s fans should “brace themselves for the worst” if they watch the Lifetime television movie about the late singer scheduled to premiere on Saturday.
Pat Houston, president of the singer’s estate and her sister-in-law, issued a critical statement about the movie on Houston’s website on Friday. She said the movie, directed by Oscar-nominated actress Angela Bassett, was made without the family’s blessing and against the wishes of her mother.
“If you watch this movie, watch it knowing that Lifetime is notorious for making bad biopics of deceased celebrities and brace yourself for the worst,” Pat Houston wrote.
She said she didn’t think it entered the minds of anyone involved with the project that “what lifts up one person in the headlines may in fact destroy another”.
A Lifetime representative said on Saturday the network had no comment.
Bassett was identified only in the family statement as “a woman who claimed to be [Whitney Houston’s] friend.” Pat Houston wrote: “Misrepresenting the term friendship to advance an agenda is not only disrespectful and dishonest but a slap in the face to her true and loyal friends.”
“You should expect people will always rise to the occasion for prominence and profit – not love, respect or honor,” she wrote. “I question the morality of the making of this because of the lack of experience knowing Whitney’s life.”
It is not clear who, if anyone, in Houston’s family saw the movie in advance, and the statement had no specific observations on the film, in which Yaya DaCosta portrays the late singer.
The statement said “selected members” of the family were denied an advance copy.