Kanye West stirred a lot of controversies earlier in the year for a couple of different reasons. The first, was when he came out as a Donald Trump supporter, provoking the ire of nearly everyone in Hollywood and the entertainment scene as a whole.
The second was when he and Pusha-T released Pusha’s latest album, Daytona, and used Whitney Houston’s drug-paraphernalia covered bathroom as the album cover art.
Pat Houston, who spoke with reporters during a press conference for the upcoming documentary based on her life, said that she and her entire family were disappointed that she died, as well as Kanye’s choice to use the iconic photo.
“No one is exempt from the harsh realities of the world,” she explained. She added that it wasn’t the first time someone had published the photograph either; “it’s insane.”
The director, Kevin MacDonald, said that to him, it was “very insensitive,” and he wondered if it had something to do with the film coming out.
According to Macdonald, a lot of people are really affected by that image, just because it offered a snapshot of the singer’s life, and how she had been gripped by drug addiction.
However, it was revealed back in May that West and Pusha-T had paid $85,000 to get their hands on the image, which originally appeared on the cover of the National Enquirer back in 2006.
The counter of the bathroom was photographed by the sister of Bobby Brown, her ex-husband. During an interview with Angie Martinez on her radio show on the 24th of May, the rapper said he and Kanye decided to ditch the album cover art and use something else instead.
Previously, the 49-year-old ex-husband of Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, explained that he wanted to smack Kanye for doing that. He described it as “really disgusting.” However, if it really was disgusting, then why did Bobby Brown’s sister sell the image to the National Enquirer back in 2006?
As you may know, the singer died at the age of 48 back in February 2012 after she drowned in her bathtub. The coroners said that heart disease, as well as cocaine abuse, were key factors in her death.