‘Queen of Twitter’ Dionne Warwick (as she is known by some) has expressed royal disappointment in the recently greenlit big screen biopic of her late cousin, Pop icon Whitney Houston.
Warwick, who is no stranger to making headlines for her outspoken nature, had already darted sharp words the way of the Houston estate when she called the ‘I Will Always Love You’ singer’s hologram tour ‘stupid’ and a ‘waste of time’ (as we reported here).
Now, the ‘Say a Little Prayer’ diva has something to say about another of their ventures with Whitney’s name stamped on it. More inside:
Dionne – who is reportedly hard-at-work at the creation of her own biopic – didn’t bite her tongue when asked about the filmed life stories of two diva’s she knew very well – Houston and Aretha Franklin.
After seeing the latter’s (starring Jennifer Hudson), Warwick said:
“I knew Aretha from when we were teenagers, and there was a lot missing” from the movie, she said, citing crucial figures who were left out, including Franklin’s longtime musical director, H.B. Barnum; drummer Bernard Purdie; and the Sweet Inspirations, the backing-vocal group (featuring Warwick’s aunt Cissy Houston) that frequently performed and recorded with Franklin.
On the Clive Davis and Whitney Houston estate-approved biopic, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” (arriving in theaters Thanksgiving 2022 and starring Naomi Ackie), Dionne shared:
“I want them to let Whitney rest in peace. Leave her alone. Ten years [since she died] — it’s time to let her sleep.”
As of time reported, no representative from the Houston estate has responded to Dionne’s comments.