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Newark's Mayor Responds To Whitney Houston Funeral Backlash

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Whitney Funeral Issues

People are REALLY unhappy about how Whitney Houston's funeral was handled by the local government.

From lowing flags to half mast, to $187,000 in police overtime, people are upset!

So, like the good public servant he is, the Mayor has responded before things get out of hand! Here's what he said:

“As with any major event, and Ms. Houston’s funeral was an international event, our police department’s priority is to keep both citizens and visitors alike safe when they come to our city.”

It's true, it's not like they paid the funeral to be there — and as a major event, people need protected. It DOES suck, however, that it took up roughly 5% of the city's police budget!

Should there be some sort of donation made for the inconvenience, perhaps??

We don't know! How do U think things like this should be handled??

RIP Whitney!

[Image via WENN.]

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12 comments to “Newark's Mayor Responds To Whitney Houston Funeral Backlash”

  1. 1

    The junkys estate should be billed for any and all expenses.

  2. fid says – reply to this


    So the woman hasn't been relevant since the early 90's, and she's been a joke for the last 15. Yet she dies in an "accidental" drowning in her bathtub and now she's suddenly a saint? It's laughable how the media and people like to manufacture actual events. People who actually contribute important meaningful things in our society aren't given these same luxuries.

    I suppose the mayor has a point. All those idiots who came out to her funeral weeping, so they had to have crowd control.

  3. 3

    This was a complete waste of taxpayer money. Let's celebrate a drug addicts death! Makes no sense at all. I hope the mayor is voted out next election.

  4. 4

    This is what is wrong wtih our society, we perpetuate this "sainthood" onto celebrities as if they aren't human or more important. While teachers and doctors and scientist are forgotton or not as important as someone who stars ina lousy film. Overpaid and over appreciated is what these "stars" are.

  5. 5

    sorry, no reason whatsoever for public funds to be used for this funeral…the family must pay for this.
    period, end of story.

  6. 6

    … and yet the truly important people who actually made a difference to the community will never see half of what Whitney received.

  7. 7

    Whitney's family chose to have their daughter buried in her home state. They had a small, simple funeral, all things considered. And they aren't asking the tax payers to pay for that funeral. The tax payers are paying for the police assistance that was necessary because of all of the fans that were going to show up. That is not Whitney's family's fault.
    If anybody else died in that state, rich or poor, and they had 10,000 people show up at their funeral, the police would have no choice but to do the same thing because it is called "crowd control". That is the JOB of the police.
    Nobody ever complains when streets are blocked off when somebody famous comes to town for a parade or a concert or something like that. Nobody ever complains about their tax dollars then. This is so hypocritical and ridiculous.
    The amount of money she brought into that state's economy was FAR more than the cost of that police assistance.
    And if she should have to pay for police assistance….then EVERYBODY in the state should have to pay for police assistance for any police assistance at their funeral….including for the procession.

  8. 8

    Re: Esin Emko – Public funds didn't pay for her funeral. They payed for crowd control due to all the fans that showed up. How is the family responsible for that?

  9. Poshicles says – reply to this


    Re: fid – Ummmm, she's been relevant more recently then the early 90's. No one said she was saint but no matter how you lived you should have a proper funeral, right? And your right many people who contribute meaningful things to society aren't given the same luxuries but who are you to judge what is "meaningful things"?

    Whitney Houston made a meaningful impact in my life when it comes to music. You should take your "judgy judgy" glasses off.

  10. Poshicles says – reply to this


    Re: Laroccakiddd – Again I think it is funny when people try to complain about stars being over paid. They are overpaid because WE, society, pay them. I am sure there is an entertainer (singer or actor) that you purchase their movies or music; so just because Whitney isn't one of your favorites then you need to ridicule her?
    I agree that teachers should be given more credit and paid more but doctors and lawyers????? All three of those jobs are thankless jobs, thats what people signed up for.
    Actors, singers, writers, painters, ect. these people are paid well because thier artist. You can't go to school and become the next Whitney Houston; they are paid for thier TALENT!!!!!!!

  11. 11

    every family has the right to bury their dead wherever they decide. if Whitney Houston is famous and the police had to get involved in order to make things right, there's no way around it. the mayor is more than right! and where is everyone's heart??? Jeez! no wonder no one in this country is going to heaven. in order to go to heaven, people need a soul first, and no one apparently has it!

  12. 12

    In a way this is a good way to move on from this tragedy. I read it here first, but we can move on, you know? She was so beautiful in so many ways though. I really hope that she is not struggling through her life any longer, but I wish it would have been better for her. She was such a beautiful woman.