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This kind of thing has always made me mad. Why is it when a normal everyday human being when they die or a military soldier, other humans just brush it off, say that's sad and go on with their lives but when a celebrity dies some people bawl and cry about it?? I don't understand. Why do some people do this?
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I don't mean to be insensitive, it's tragic that she passed...but I'm getting really tired of hearing about her and hearing her music every five seconds. Maybe I'm terrible, but there it is.
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It's because of the superficial connection people feel when it comes to celebrities. Theri lives are highly publicized so it's somewhat natural for it to be talked about. People die everyday including soldiers etc and it is very sad but there is no connection felt. The military is looked at as a collective unit while celebrities are focused on in the media and viewed more as individuals.
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I don't mean to be insensitive, it's tragic that she passed...but I'm getting really tired of hearing about her and hearing her music every five seconds. Maybe I'm terrible, but there it is.
Agreed. The endless news coverage of her is a crazymaker. Sick of it.

Someone on the news called her the "Queen of Pop." She's not. Madonna is.

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I understand your point. Personally, I get really upset when I hear of soldiers dying.

I think in this case, there's no denying Whitney Houston had an amazing gift to sing and entertain, and that connected her directly to fans. We don't "get to know" our soldiers, police, fire-fighters...the way we do with celebrities.
Her quick and stunning fall from the top of the mountain, and then dying at a young age, and how she died...all combines to produce the attention her death is getting.

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Normal everyday people don't have the vocal range of Whitney Houston.
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It's kind of two-fold.

On the one hand, she was tremendously talented, and she had other people connect with her (fans, who are complete strangers to her) because the beauty and purity of her voice. That's the power of art. It can be a really magical thing.
Also, she was in the public eye a lot. Increased awareness about her life and such.

On the other hand, I get what you're saying about soldiers and other people. It is kind of stupid. It's just that we live in a sensationalized, celebrit-ized society where the rich and famous are placed on pedestals. Think of all the idiots who degrade themselves to get on reality TV. Why do they do it? Fame, fortune, exposure, and a bunch of other shallow reasons. It's just the way the world is.

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Because that singer may have touched their lifes with her music and of course they're going to be upset.
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She touched people's hurts with her voices in her head. The drugs didn't work, and people can relate. People, other people. People people.

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Agreed. The endless news coverage of her is a crazymaker. Sick of it.

Someone on the news called her the "Queen of Pop." She's not. Madonna is.
Who would call her the Queen of Pop? She did R&B.
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Just because she can sing doesn't make her super human or above anyone else. It sucks she died, but it sucks when anyone dies.

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Yeah, I could care less about Whitney Houston. Moving on. lol

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why do people go out and buy their music when they've died e.g. micheal jackson. And their music comes back in again,its ridiculous,if you werent going to buy it while they were alive,why bother now they're dead
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My dad has been gone for five years. January 22, 2007. Unlike celebrities' death dates, I remember this day well.

The first person I thought of (after Whitney) was Bobbi Kristina. She's only 18 years old and her mother is gone.

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I won't say I fell to pieces when I heard but it did make me a little sad. Her music was part of my teen years. I remember the first time I heard her voice in the 80s. It just makes me feel older or something, I guess.
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why do people go out and buy their music when they've died e.g. micheal jackson. And their music comes back in again,its ridiculous,if you werent going to buy it while they were alive,why bother now they're dead
It's like donating to the family (the estate). Whitney's money all goes to Bobbi Kristina since she divorced Bobby Brown, unless her will says otherwise. Bobby doesn't get any money.

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It's like donating to the family (the estate). Whitney's money all goes to Bobbi Kristina since she divorced Bobby Brown, unless her will says otherwise. Bobby doesn't get any money.
I rather doubt she will be poverty stricken. Whitney certainly had a gorgeous voice and it should rightfully be acknowledged. I do fear this won't be seen as a cautionary tale,someone who threw away her talents and subsequent massive wealth in order to chase after an altered state of mind. No,we'll instead put her on a pedestal and idolize her - much like with Kurt Cobain,Heath Ledger and Michael Jackson.

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The funny part being everyone starts acting like she was a saint.
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I agree. She may have had a wonderful singing voice but she is no more or less important than anyone else who has died.
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