This week, Whitney Houston’s “final image” is sprawled across the cover of the National Enquirer, a “supermarket tabloid” specializing in celebrity gossip. Friends and family are reported to be ‘horrified’, as is the owner* of the funeral home where she was waked, who is currently under suspicion for taking the picture.
My question is not about Ms. Houston specifically, but about the practice in general… should we, as a society, be publishing photos of celebs in their caskets? I understand that some families might want that picture for themselves, and I will not judge them for it. Personally, I wouldn’t do it, but if they want it, then fine. But what about publishing it? Is that something that the “public has a right to know”?
*That link does not include a photo of Ms. Houston in her casket, but a video appears about Nat’l Enquirer. I did not watch it, because I didn’t want to see the photo, if it’s in there.