A glance at Twitter these days might prompt one to wonder why all of our celebrities are suddenly expiring en masse. It used to be said that deaths come in threes—now the daily news cycle arrives like a plague, cutting down one cultural luminary after another.
Of course, notable deaths aren’t on the upswing—but chatter Read More
Is Westboro Baptist losing its edge? Raw Story reports that while the infamous anti-homosexual protest organization (or, as Westboro likes to call itself, “church”) did not actually attend singer Whitney Houston’s Newark, New Jersey funeral on Saturday, Westboro minister Margie J. Phelps did post an apparently fake photo of church members gathered near the event:
Tomorrow, the memorial for Whitney Houston will take place in Newark, NJ at the New Hope Baptist Church. Speculation for the funeral’s guest-live began almost immediately after the news of Ms. Houston’s death: Would ex-husband Bobby Brown be invited? (Yes he would.)
Two Los Angeles radio talk hosts have been suspended for what their station management termed “insensitive and inappropriate comments about the late Whitney Houston.” KFI AM 640 announced the suspension of John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, hosts of the “John and Ken Show,” on Thursday after the comments were made February 14.
Red Carpet Real Estate
If we had the foresight to pick a week to fall into a nice, 168-hour hibernation, we might have chosen the one leading up to Valentine’s Day. Think of all the tragedy we might have missed: the passing of Whitney Houston, Chris Brown winning a Grammy, the exhaustion of Fashion Week. And on top of all that? We completely forgot to buy something for Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s birthday yesterday. But what do you buy the man who has already bought everything? (Another term is a bit out of our price range.)
Do you think he has a #17 jersey from the New York Knicks yet? We don’t know a lot about this Jeremy Lin fellow—apparently he sleeps on a couch and survives off a diet of tweeted compliments from Chris Hayes—but we do know that the DSM-V is considering adding “Linsanity” in its updated edition. It refers to a pandemic wherein a nation collectively falls into a fugue state after Tebow-ing too hard, only to be woken up compelled to discuss the cultural importance of Asian-Americans and/or Harvard grads in the NBA at every social function.
Fashion Week Observed
Diving into sub-TMZ depths of celebrity slime, CarProperty.com is hoping to cash in on Whitney Houston’s death. Her Newark mansion, which had been on and off the market since 2009 with the niche real estate site, is still available. With Google churning out hits for the hitmaker’s name, why not take a minute for a solemn memory?
“With the recent passing of Whitney Houston in Beverly Hills, California the day before the 2012 Grammy Awards show, it is with a heavy heart that we remind you of this great mansion,” writes CarProperty.com proprietor Robert Cross before the pop star was even buried.
The Observer had a mix-up… just a hiccup, if you will. Somehow in the chaos of Prabal, meeting deadline, and chatting with Wes Gordon, we completely neglected our front-row seat at Hervé Léger. Now say what you will! No, we haven’t the foggiest idea who Harley Viera Newton is—or care to be seated even remotely Read More
Tonight’s Grammys are to feature a tribute to Whitney Houston and a comeback-from-surgery performance by heavily-favored multiple nominee Adele. We’ll be watching closely to see if the British chanteuse can claim Record, Song, and Album of the Year–or if other big nominees like Bon Iver (for the song “Holocene”) and Foo Fighters (for the album Read More
Fashion Week Observed
Bobbi Kristina Brown, 18-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston and ex-husband Bobby Brown, was taken to the hospital Sunday morning. Ms. Brown was still at the Beverly Hilton Hotel where her mother passed away Saturday afternoon. An ambulance rushed the teen to Cedars-Sinai around 10:30 a.m., out of concern for her anxiety.
Forty-Five! That was the approximate tardiness of Prabal Gurung‘s runway show at the Gehry-designed IAC building. The Observer, having misread our schedule, arrived on time (that’s a first). We even had a few moments to kiss-kiss Mary Alice Stephenson and compliment her Naeem Khan. Who to blame? Surely not front-of-house PR behemoth KCD, they have Read More