Last Saturday, the funeral of Whitney Houston was broadcast live all around the world so that the maximum number of fans/mourners could watch Whitney‘s closest family and friends memorialize, eulogize and celebrate her life. Today we learn that Houston‘s family has decided to make the funeral service footage available for sale so that the proceeds can be given to Bobbi Kristina. To be honest, I’m not sure who exactly would want to buy a potential DVD of a funeral but my guess is that the footage will sell for a pretty penny, ensuring that Bobbi Kris will get a bump financially.
Whitney Houston’s “home going” ceremony has turned into a money maker for her Estate — which very quietly struck a deal to sell the video of the funeral. Here’s how it went down … Associated Press provided a live pool feed of the funeral to media outlets around the world on Saturday — but everyone had to pull the footage 24 hours later. Why? A rep for the family confirms the family has now “agreed to license footage to several media outlets.” The rep says the family is charging “customary fees” to … “help maximize the estate for the benefit of Bobbi Kristina.”
While this may sound crass on Houston‘s family’s part, I can honestly understand what their intentions are. As I understand it, Whitney Houston‘s estate isn’t as lucrative as it used to be in her prime (not by a LONG shot). By selling this footage, the family is ensuring that a considerable amount of money will go directly to Bobbi Kris. It’s unclear how the sold footage will be used exactly but I fully expect it to be made available for purchase by fans. Even tho I am not a fan of watching funerals, I did miss the first half of the service and I suppose if given the opportunity to watch the service in full, I might be interested. I dunno. What do y’all think of this? Is this a good idea or a bad idea?