LOS ANGELES, February 19, 2012—The tragic death of singer Whitney Houston at age 48 was followed by the flag in her home state being lowered to half-staff. Then a lengthy funeral was shown on television for several hours as any other news in the world was put on hiatus. Yet beneath all of the pomp and circumstance of this television extravanganza, one thing was missing.
Like a typical Hollywood production, all the star power in the world could not overcome a total lack of meaning. There was no moral, no lesson, and nothing to be learned.
A beautiful and talented person who brought joy to millions died prematurely. That will be the headline going forward.
The real truth is that this death was needless. Whitney Houston did not have cancer or heart disease. She did not die in a plane crash like the Big Bopper, Buddy Holly, and Ritchie Valens. She had everything to live for, including her teenage daughter.
The Whitney Houston story is one of drugs. She took drugs, and then drugs took her.
This does not invalidate the many good things she did for people all over the world. Yet those good deeds cannot allow the circumstances of her death to be whitewashed.
So if Hollywood celebrities attending her funeral want to do more than wax poetic, one very important step must be tken right now.
Stop doing drugs.
That’s it. These are not “recreational pharmaceuticals.” They are deadly poisons.
Hollywood liberals love to attack conservatives for being stuffy, uptight, moralizers, but the truth is it is long past time that an ounce of morality enter the destructive cesspool only several miles from my home in Los Angeles.
Nancy Reagan taught childen to “Just say no” to drugs. It worked.
Yet since Hollywood celebrities are often insincere, having them go on television to deliver an anti-drug message alone would be as useful as listening to them talk about raising taxes.
More needs to be done.
The National Football League has a real drug-testing program. If a player gets caught with drugs in their system, they are suspended four games, or one-fourth of an entire season. A second failed drug test leads to a suspension of an entire year. A third positive test means a lifetime ban from professional football.
Hollywood celebrities should be forced to take random drug tests. Everybody else does. Pilots take them. So do financial professionals at some firms before being hired.
Entertainers will argue that it is one thing to have a person flying a plane or handling a client’s money while under the influence. Nobody gets hurt when celebrities decide to “party.”
This argument is as false as it is hypocritical. It is hypocritical because Hollywood celebrities spend every waking minute of their lives telling the world how important they are. They cannot concede their insignificance only when it suits them.
The falsehood lies in the idea that nobody else gets hurt. Forget the family members and the friends. Emotional pain is not what this is about. Drug users cause financial pain.
When Charlie Sheen let his drug habit get him fired from his hit show “Two and a Half Men,” it came at considerable cost to others. Repeated delays and stoppages in production led to missed paychecks. Everybody from stage hands to make-up artists to lighting technicians to neighborhood food vendors suffered. They had their financial livelihoods affected while Sheen “partied.”
In that case production resumed, but in other cases the shutdown was permanent. Almost thirty years have passed since Sarah Jessica Parker’s comedic vehicle “Square Pegs” was canceled. Drug use by some affiliated with the show was one reason this promising comedy was axed.
Parker went on to have a successful career, but others on the show saw their one chance at possible stardom evaporate.
Entertainers have too much money and too many fake friends to be able to discipline themselves. Therefore, the only way to ensure good behavior is by threats of force against them.
Every contract must have a provision that any drug use by any of the stars during production will result in fines and forced rehab. Nobody is entitled to be an entertainer. Any drug use means penalties.
Celebrities objecting to this need to be reminded that drugs are illegal.
There must be another provision that all disputes should be settled by binding arbitration, to prevent parties with plenty of money engaging in frivolous lawsuits.
There is not a single Hollywood celebrity who is so powerful that the industry will collapse without them. Like in football, no one player is bigger than the game.
So as Whitney Houston is laid to rest and the last hymn is sung, let her funeral be more than a meaningless stated production. Let it not be entertainment propaganda.
Let something positive come out of this.
Get Hollywood celebrities off of drugs right now. They cannot stop on their own. Make them stop.
Otherwise, Lindsay Lohan or one of her friends will be the next Whitney Houston.
For those who care zero about Hollywood celebrities, this is not about them. It is about the people they influence.
I was lucky enough to find the words of Hollywood celebrities valueless compared to the cautionary warning issued by the wife of Ronald Reagan.
It is time for the next Nancy Reagan to speak up.
Yes, it is time for less Hollywood glitz and glamour and more old-fashioned values.
Drugs are evil. Drugs kill. Just say no.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, blogger, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian.
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