Ever since it was made known to the public, that Demi Lovato was rushed to the hospital for a heroin overdose, she has received an overwhelming amount of support from the public, fans, and media.
Shortly after she broke her silence on social media, the former Disney star received messages from celebrities, that included Jennifer Lopez, Paris Hilton, and rapper Macklemore, all basically telling her to keep fighting her addiction.
But was the same amount of love given to African American celebrities with similar problems in the past?
Perhaps the celeb who’s situation is most comparable to Lovato’s is Whitney Houston, as they are both prominent females in music. Besides her death, some would argue that Houston’s struggle was more intimate and exposed to the public eye.
For years before her death, comedy sketch shows like MadTv and Saturday Night Live, poked fun at Houston’s battle with drug abuse. While times have certainly changed, and both shows fall under the parody category, one can only think of how much backlash they would receive, if Lovato was given the same treatment.
News stations have claimed that Houston was on crack, but during a video interview, Houston can be seen denying that as well as other allegations.
Unlike Lovato, who is of Spanish, and Native American descent, but can easily pass as white to many, Houston doesn’t seem to be able to get as much support from her peers. Musical artists Pusha T, and Lorde have made rifts with Houston fans and loved ones alike, since her death. On Twitter, singer Lorde received backlash after she posted a picture of a bathtub, and captioned “And I will always love you”, lyrics made famous by Houston. She has since deleted the tweet and apologized. Kanye West who produced Pusha T’s album Daytona licensed a picture of the late singer’s bathroom sink, which can be seen infested with drugs and then used it as the album’s cover. The camp of Whitney Houston, along with her many fans were not pleased.
Then NBA all-star Lamar Odom, who was also rushed to the hospital in 2014, after being found unconscious at a brothel, didn’t receive much support from his peers either. Kim Kardashian can be seen throwing shots at the former NBA star in the tweet below, with support from model Chrissy Teigen
Or second or third brothel https://t.co/iYYJ1NehOe
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 18, 2018
Surely Kardashian can be seen defending her sister, however, it doesn’t seem to be in the best setting. However, it was after ESPN analyst Stephen A Smith’s comments, calling Odom a crackhead while he was with the New York Knicks that made Odom fight back. Odom along with his Lawyer, told Smith to “think of others facing addiction, before making such comments.
Drug overdosing and addiction is surely not just a black or white, or Hollywood problem, as many African americans can be seen above ridiculing other African americans. According to a USNews article, from May 2016 to May 2017, over 66,000 lives were taken as a result of overdosing on synthetic opiates alone. Yes, people can make better choices when it comes to drug intake, however, no matter what race you are, or how famous, everyone could use some moral support. Just ask Demi Lovato herself.