Whitney Houston’s Family Blasts Angela Bassett’s Biopic

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Earlier this month, Whitney Houston’s family snubbed Angela Bassett’s Houston moviepremiere of the biopic about the singer’s life, and now the mega-singer’s relatives are speaking out.

When Angela Bassett, director of “Whitney”, was asked about the slight, she said “sometimes to be silent is the greatest gift”, but it seems that the family’s gift has now been revoked.

According to Deadline, the singer’s estate trashed the movie through a public statement.

“I say this to all Whitney’s family, friends and fan base: 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,” wrote Pat Houston, the singer’s sister-in-law and president of the Whitney Houston Estate.

“Never would Whitney allow her story to be told by an inexperienced team and how naive of anyone to think otherwise, unless you’re caught up in illusions of grandeur that you can just do anything and people will accept it,” she said. “This made for TV movie is certainly not a trailer to Whitney’s life story.”

When asked about the family snubbing the biopic’s premiere, which debuts on January 17, Oscar nominated actress Angela Bassett said she understood the family’s decision not to get involved.

“And it was the family’s choice and decision, because of what they want to do and whatever their desires or their plans are, not to be involved in this one,” Bassett said, reported the New York Times. “But they didn’t have anything negative to say about it. You know, sometimes to be silent is the greatest gift.”

Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, was already angry at Bassett for not casting her to play the role of her mom in the movie, but Bassett said she had good reason for the choice.

“No, I did not think about that. I did not think about casting her,” she admitted. “And probably for a number of reasons, you know. One being that she’s not an actress. I know she’s acted here and there. I know she’s been on their family’s reality show, but she’s not an actress and acting is a craft.”



  1. Lady Peachena

    January 18, 2015 at 3:20 am

    I think Angela Bassett did a fantastic job directing this movie. I really liked it! Superb acting!

  2. Rowena Andrews

    January 18, 2015 at 9:36 am

    It was entertain but a bit skewed due to the lack of holistic input. However everyone with common sense knows there is truth, Bobby’s truth, and Whitney’s truth. The sad thing is once Bobby’s confidentiality was broken and Whitney controlled and sabotaged his recovery, their marriage received a death sentence. God bless both the families.

  3. Highly Favored

    January 18, 2015 at 10:24 am

    The movie was a disgrace!!!. It focused more on the negative aspects than her positive. Angela Bassett should be slapped for portraying her in that manner.

  4. chinee

    January 18, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Frankly, I think it was poor timing for this movie. We all knew and loved Whitney and her music. We learned a lot about Whitney from the reality show she and Bobby Brown did. Let us keep the fond memories we witnessed first hand about her rather than something sensationalized on the big screen. I certainly understand the family’s concerns.
    I wonder, why this movie was made and for whom.

  5. Ann G.

    January 18, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Princess said it all, it would look horrible for Bobbi to play her mother, they need to shut the hell up and let it go for it was nothing more than entertainment, not Whitney’s bio!

  6. tina

    January 19, 2015 at 10:04 am

    You summed it up nicely Ann G. It was entertainment.

  7. Rob

    January 20, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    A big reason Bobbi Kris shouldn’t have played her mother is that she didn’t look like her hardly at all! I agree with the earlier post, why was this movie done at all? If it was to memorialize her career and great talent then it should’ve focused on that, her rise to fame, her Grammys and all the other accolades. Not highlight her demise. It was an okay movie.

  8. Denise

    January 20, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    I think Bobbi Kristna is a good actress…she already proved that on Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse….she was.funny and very good on that show…..she didn’t have to play her mother but she still could have been in the movie…although not many movies use actors who have a similar likeness to the person they’re portraying….look at Diana Ross , she looks nothing like Billo Holiday…..

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