Publication Bashed for Publishing Casket Photo of Whitney Houston

February 23, 2012 By:
Publication Bashed for Publishing Casket Photo of Whitney Houston

A photo of Whitney Houston lying in an open coffin was recently released, sparking public outrage.

The ‘National Enquirer’ published the morbid image, which was allegedly taken at the family’s private service at a funeral home in New Jersey. The photo shows Whitney lying dead in her casket, wearing a purple dress, diamond brooch and earrings. The following headline accompanied the image: ‘Whitney: The last photo!’

The photo immediately sparked outrage. ‘The Talk’ host Sharon Osbourne said: “It’s not the paper, it’s the person that took the photo and sold it.”

This also comes amid news that Bobby Brown plans to write and sell a tell-all book. He had reportedly been working on it in 2008, but publishers are saying now is the perfect opportunity.

All of this controversy begs the question: Is this shameless profiteering or is it giving the people what they want? I mean, undoubtedly, the intentions are to profit from the sensationalism, but Bobby Brown wouldn’t be writing that book if people weren’t going to read it. And the ‘National Enquirer’ wouldn’t be publishing those photos if people weren’t going to look at them. But still, it just seems so...wrong.

Mary Beth Wright, publisher of the mag, told Fox News: “I thought [the picture] was beautiful.”

This is certainly not the first time the mag has published photos of deceased celebrities. In 1977, they published a photo of Elvis in his coffin. In 1980, the published one of John Lennon following his death.

What do you think of the Enquirer’s decision to publish the photo? Is it morbid and morally wrong, or is it giving the people what they want?