We live in a culture that has an unconscious obsession with celebrities. On any given day, there are dozens of media outlets reporting on the life and times of Hollywood actors and actresses, rappers, singers and even talent-less reality stars. People want to know everything about their favorite entertainers and so it’s no surprise that the industry churns out unauthorized made-for-TV movies at such a high rate.
Although Whitney Houston has only been gone for five years, her story has already received the TV treatment (I’m looking at you Lifetime) and soon fans will get another look at her life and career in the documentary Can I Be Me.
Director Nick Broomfield interviewed many people who worked closely with the powerhouse vocalist and the result is surprising; Houston is portrayed as having very little control over not only her career, but her personal life as well. Shocking claims are made about the late singer’s relationship with her mother as well as her sexual identity.
Can I Be Me is directed by Nick Broomfield and features footage shot by Rudi Dolezal. It first debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. It doesn’t appear that the Houston family endorsed the making or release of the project, but nevertheless the documentary is airing on Showtime this August 26th.
What do you think about unauthorized movies and docs about celebs? Will you be tuning in this August to see the unauthorized documentary? Let me know in the comments below!