Whitney Houston Family Sells Funeral Footage ... for Bobbi Kristina?

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whitney houstonI found it a little bit odd when Whitney Houston's family decided to broadcast her funeral live on the internet, but the unusual move makes more sense now that I've heard the latest news: Houston's "estate" is now apparently selling the video of her funeral for an undisclosed (but most likely quite significant) sum.

According to a rep for the family, the proceeds from licensing the footage to select media outlets will "help maximize the estate for the benefit of Bobbi Kristina."

Oh! Now I get it!

Of course, the question is ...

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Are they really cashing in on the funeral footage for Bobbi Kristina's sake? I'd like to think the answer is "yes." I guess it's safe to assume that if Houston's family didn't license the video, somebody else would have found a way to make money from it ... and Bobbi Kristina would've never seen a penny of those profits.

And of course that money should go to the 18-year-old, arguably the person most devastated by Houston's loss.

Still, the way the whole thing unfolded seems a little bit strange. Like, why bother having the Associated Press provide a live pool feed of the funeral to media outlets if you're only going to force those media outlets to pull the footage 24 hours later? Unless that strategy was some kind of attempt to make the live stream seem like an authentic gesture, a gift for the fans.

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I'm honestly not sure what I think. The only thing I know for sure is that Whitney Houston's death is becoming as much of a media circus as her life.

Do you think Whitney Houston's family really sold the video footage of her funeral to benefit Bobbi Kristina?

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Great... Greatdays

Sadly,  we will be hearing about Whitney's death long after we are sick of it.  Think Michael Jackson, Elvis, Princess Diana and, on and on.  I didn't "attend" the funeral Saturday but, I stopped everything to watch footage on "Entertainment Tonight".  If the family wants to capitalize on this service to benefit Bobbi Christina, go for it.  We will be watching..........But, please no investigations into what killed her.  She's gone.

the4m... the4mutts

This is stupid and just goes to show how "starstruck" we are as a society.

ITS A FUNERAL FOR CHRIST'S SAKE! Its not worth money to view it, except to complete idiots. What's next? Selling tickets to stars' funerals?

Common people.

Katie... Katie1025

All this is doing is prolonging the sadness and sorrow Bobbi Kristina is feeling right now. I lost my mother at a young age under similiar circumstances. I know what it's like to have the one who birthed you ripped away from this earth when you didn't expect it (although, you were bracing for it....you just didn't know when), and it sucks. I can't imagine what all of this media circus is doing, no wonder the poor girl needed to go to the hospital.

Oh, and as for Whitney's fortune....every penny should go to Bobbi Kristina, then she can decide from there where it all goes. If Whitney was anything like my own mother, Bobbi Kristinia was the light of her life, her rock, her everything.

Can we just please leave this young woman to grieve in peace?

charl... charleyd68

Yes,I believe so. I don't believe Ms, Houston in the space of one week,formed the intent to some how profit from the sudden,and as of yet inexplicable Death of a, by all accounts, beloved Daughter! And Looking at her,being a fan of Dionne Warwick, I can't see them being easily manipulated by fame and money seekers, at any time. I believe the media,"uncovers","holds back"and "breaks" news for maxim effect,and aren't above manipulating or insinuating how we should digest it!And in this day,every thing is lived out on TV,Internet and print. Some people think it's their right to view even private family moments, and there are purveyors that see that they get it anyway they can. It may have been strategic, but necessary.

LOswa... LOswald0314

Weird.  I'm sure she was left with enough money to survive.

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Kmakk... Kmakksmom

I don't think so, no. I agree with Katie above..

mamivon2 mamivon2

I guess this is one of those Hollywood secrets we will never know for sure

doll0302 doll0302

If people weren't interested, they would not have done it. They felt that they owed it to the fans, and I am sure that hundreds of thousands of people watched it. I know that i did. I don't see a problem with them selling the footage because in the long run, someone is going to make money off of it. Why shouldn't it benefit the family?

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