Epic Fail: Whitney Houston Dies, and Tony Bennett Calls for Drug Legalization

Is there something toxic in the hair piece? Singer Tony Bennett isn't just a liberal, he's an embarrassing liberal who says the wrong thing at the wrong time. The Hollywood Reporter passes along that at the pre-Grammy bash of record producer Clive Davis, Bennett took the news of Whitney Houston's untimely death as an occasion for a political statement demanding America legalize drugs like the Netherlands.

"First it was Michael Jackson, then Amy Winehouse, now, the magnificent Whitney Houston," he began. "I'd like every person in this room to campaign to legalize drugs." But it gets worse.

"Let's legalize drugs like they did in Amsterdam," he continued. "No one's hiding or sneaking around corners to get it. They go to a doctor to get it."

The Hollywood Reporter provides the "Earth to stupid" sentence, but gently: Ahem, "Bennett's statements come months after Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for his involvement in prescribing and administering a fatal dose of the drug propofol."

Bennett just had to make his political speech before honoring Houston's talent and singing "How Do You Keep the Music Playing." That's not a Whitney Houston song (it's a James Ingram song), but it's been part of Bennett's act  for a long time.

[HT: Cameron Gray]

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
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