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Clive Davis Slams ‘Can I Be Me?’ As He Readies New Whitney Houston Documentary

Published: Saturday 9th Sep 2017 by Rashad

Showtime’s controversial Whitney Houston documentary, ‘Can I Be Me’ was a bombshell to say the least.

An in-depth look at “the real Whitney,” the film acted as an expose of sorts that documented the singer’s meteoric rise to the pinnacle of fame and catastrophic fall – underscored by a series of personal failures that included marital, financial, and health woes alongside hinting at an alleged secret lesbian love affair with Robyn Crawford.

Though a hit among critics for its grittiness and seemingly no-holds-barred approach to telling the pop icon’s life story, some fans thought it to be a bit too personal.  Others, namely her longtime mentor and producer Clive Davis, thought it to be flat out ‘inaccurate.’

To paint a better, well-rounded picture of the fallen songbird, Davis is in heavy promotion of his own documentary – ‘Soundtrack of Our Lives.’  With it, he claims he will give the truest depiction of Houston “the person” to date – separate from her persona as a pop star – with hopes of giving fans the realest glimpse into her life they’ve had yet…

Directed by Chris Perkel, ‘Soundtrack’ will undoubtedly be Houston’s most widely promoted documentary to date.  With Apple Music already snapping up global rights to the flick, reports have it plans for “a Times Square billboard [and] a 30-second national TV ad during the Emmys and Oscar-qualifying runs in L.A. and New York” are already in motion.

Based on Davis’ 2013 memoir of the same title, the film features interviews and appearances from Barry ManilowAretha FranklinDionne Warwick, Sean “Diddy” Combs, and many more.  Speaking on the film, Clive stated:

“For the first time you see a picture of her as an artist, as one of the greatest female singers in history, and yet you also see her downfall graphically exposed.”

Speaking on Whitney, Davis expounded:

“This was no girl from the hood. She was from an urban African American neighborhood, but she was a fashion model at 16 and was very much in that world, and she always was in control…”

When quizzed on his thoughts of Nick Broomfield‘s controversial Showtime documentary, ‘Can I Be Me,’ Clive didn’t exactly bite his tongue:

“No one thought Whitney was not being Whitney. She was an artist like no other before with no blinders,” he said. “So I think that that whole [film], with all due respect, is inaccurate.” However he added that many raw scenes were “painful.” 

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  1. Aaliyah Dana Carter September 9, 2017

    I meanm isn’t this kinda hypocritical. I heard that at the time of her death Clyde was trying to force Whitney to tour because she was in debt to the label or something

  2. GirlGroupFan September 9, 2017

    He is such a narcissist.

  3. Janriah Houston-Blige September 9, 2017

    Clive and Cissy are huge part of Whitney’s downfall. Clive should explain why Whitney resisted him for a long time and almost did not perform at that televised Arista show.

  4. Fancy BISH September 9, 2017

    I just finished watching The Bodyguard for the upteenth time…LAWD, Whitney was snatched to THA GAWDS in this movie hunnie…FLAWLESS…I get teary eyed when I watch it now…the cinematography, the music…I know I’m kind of off topic but I don’t CURRR lol

    • JOHNVIDAL September 10, 2017

      The biggest era by a female artist in pop history for a reason 🙂

  5. Sandra September 10, 2017

    Apart from the fact that nobody has forgotten that this man had people shucking and jiving two floors down from Whitney’s body already puts him in a minus is he going to really say that all of that film was fake along with all of those statements and concerns from her team and the public. Nope! this man is delusional

  6. Nippy September 10, 2017

    As one of those people who knew Whitney for decades he definitely knows who was “tertiary” and “insignificant” and he is completely right, the biopic was an inaccurate trash.

    I very often disagree with what he says, but not this time.

    • truthteller September 10, 2017

      Agreed. It was complete trash with lots of contradictory and unsupported statements about Whitney and her relationships. It focused almost exclusively on the negative parts of her life and mostly ignored her many triumphs

    • JOHNVIDAL September 10, 2017

      I agree I´m sure he knew Whitney and what happened in Whitney´s life for decades more than anybody involved in previous films. About the rest i just don´t know what to think.

    • The Wig Snatcher September 10, 2017

      Gurl. Bye! Either you are lying or you benefitted from WHitney’s life and/or death. Are you Pat Houston?

  7. JOHNVIDAL September 10, 2017

    Whitney was SO beautiful even after serious drug abuse it is crazy. I remember when that photo happened, people were like wow. It was the first time she looked really “recovered”.
    About Clive… I don´t know. Sometimes I feel he was a better influence than her own family for sure and some other times I don´t know what to think. Overall Whitney seemed to trust him most of her career and life.

  8. Gee September 10, 2017

    While Clive may have had Whitney’s best intentions at time, he sometimes in my opinion looked at Whitney as a product and not a person to party right after her death whether you had sponsors or not shows how much he really cared for Whitney Houston the person versus Whitney Houston the product the one that made him money.

  9. Kecia September 10, 2017

    I feel the documentary was accurate and came from reliable sources. As hard as it was to watch,at times,I believe the truth was told. The best information is always from those that know you well. Whitney’s,talent was appreciated and her legacy will always be remembered.

    • truthteller September 10, 2017

      Reliable sources? A bodyguard who was fired and a backing vocalist and drummer?

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