Bobbi Kristina was just in a dangerous single car crash -- the second in as many months. Can we call in Dr. Drew and Iyanla already?
"The Houstons: On Our Own" is the new series starring Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late Whitney Houston. The Lifetime Network show follows the journey of the grieving Houston family in the aftermath of Whitney's death. This is gritty and raw television. It hasn't even been a year since the superstar singer was found dead in Los Angeles with cocaine in her system.
We've seen trainwreck TV before but "The Houstons" is grief TV. The show is the brainchild of its main character, Pat Houston. Pat is married to Whitney's brother Gary. She is also the de facto caretaker of 19-year-old Bobbi Kris and was Whitney's personal manager for many years. The family matriarch Cissy Houston makes appearances but does not live in Atlanta, Georgia, where the show takes place.
A more disturbing reality show hasn't been seen on television since Krissy's parents starred in the ill-fated program, "Being Bobby Brown." Viewers have developed a taste for watching crisis management with shows like A&E's "Hoarders" and VH1's "Celebrity Rehab"; however, watching this show is having a ringside seat to crisis with no management.
In heartwrenching scene after scene, Bobbi Kristina appears to be under the influence of some sort of substance. The underage teen is seen drinking. She is also filmed in a bed with Nick Gordon, her fiance. If that's not troubling enough, the on-again off-again boyfriend turned fiance was raised as Whitney's unofficially adopted son. That's right, he's her "brother." Bobbi Kris even refers to Whitney as "our mother" when speaking to him.
On one episode the family takes Krissy to the woods to consult with a family spiritual adviser. Krissy is distant and removed, understandable for a teen girl who just lost her mother. Instead of keeping her close, the family inexplicably allows her to stay in a separate cabin with Nick and a cousin. The next day she seems ill with cold sweats, vomiting, and symptoms that seem woefully similar to substance withdrawal. She goes to the hospital after Nick gives her a personal concoction to drink.
Viewers are then given two stories about what was wrong with her. Pat cites the old celeb standard, "dehydration." Bobbi Kris later says that she had a "virus." Meanwhile, family members only talk around the issue, never meeting it head on. When Godmother Cece Winans visits, we only overhear her off-camera remark how difficult it is to see Krissy "out of it."
Watching the family of seeming enablers in motion in disturbing. One can only imagine how much they avoided dealing with Whitney's issues as she was their key breadwinner. Now they seem to be doing the same with the daughter. In addition to that, Pat's 14-year-old daughter is feeling lost and abandoned amid the drama.
One must hope that watching the show is a s joltin g for the Houston family as it is for viewers. The consensus on Twitter is that BK needs help ASAP. The teen's car crash should serve as a wake up call to someone!
If the family is hell bent on making TV, then they need to send Bobbi Kris to OWN's "Iyanla Fix My Life" for counseling with guru Iyanla Vanzant before it's too late. If not, they may want to add celebrity rehabilitation expert Dr. Drew Pinsky to the cast.
Check your local listings to watch "The Houstons: On Our Own" on Lifetime.
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