At the Premier Pre-Grammy party, now broadcast via the net all over the world, Tony Bennett said, “First there was Michael Jackson. Then there was Amy Winehouse. And now, the magnificent Whitney Houston. I’d like to have every gentleman and lady in this room to commit themselves to get our government to legalize drugs. So they have to get it through a doctor, not just some gangsters that just sell it under the table… Let’s legalize drugs like they did in Amsterdam. No one’s hiding… They have to go to a doctor to get it…”
Amazing that Tony seems to have forgotten that Whitney Houston tossed her life away by abusing legal narcotics. Prescription drugs obtained from a doctor. Just like Michael Jackson, and Elvis.
Of course, this morally decrepit declaration came in direct context with a program giving center stage and an enormous platform to Chris Brown — the great talent who beat up his girlfriend, just after the 2009 Pre-Grammy Bash.
I forget who gave this advise to pop stars and the like, but I believe it.
By and large, entertainers should just “shut up and sing.” That’s all they are asked and qualified to do.
Messing up their own lives for all to see is not a qualification to ruin the lives of others.