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The Bizarre Whitney Houston Hologram Tour Shakes the Internet

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By Nicole Brandy Ryan

The strange fascination with holograms and bringing lost stars back from the dead to perform is creepy enough. Holograms of Tupac and Roy Orbison have made the news in past years, attracting audiences desperate for another glimpse of their favorite artist live. However, it doesn't look as though Whitney fans are too thrilled with her recent holographic incarnation. The internet has a lot of strong feelings about the recently revealed Whitney Houston hologram. Most reactions include anything from completely creeped out to horrified.

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The Tour

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"An Evening With Whitney : The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour" is set to kick off February 25 in the UK. The show features three-dimensional imagery of the deceased pop icon with the backing of both a live band and dancers. The tour is expected to arrive in North America later this year, although no show dates for that leg have been announced yet. Footage from the show first began making its rounds on British television before hitting the internet.

The Internet Reacts


The reactions to the hologram range from confused to scared. Some fans even compared the hologram to a malfunctioning Sims character. The hologram was also compared to an episode of Black Mirror. Fans referred to the image as "disturbing" and "weird." The idea of a deceased artist performing is weird enough, but when they look animatronic, that only adds insult to injury. Whitney is a legend, and her memory deserves to be honored. The internet feels as though the iconic star is being done dirty with the creepy hologram.

Whitney's Team Responds

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Whitney's team felt pretty differently about the upcoming hologram. Her former manager, Pat Houston, spoke out saying, “(Whitney) adored her audiences and that’s why we know she would have loved this holographic theatrical concept." She went on to add, “an event at this level is something special. . . . This upcoming tour will allow audiences to experience Whitney’s amazing voice and passion for music for a long time to come and help them share that magic with future generations.”

The Future of the Tour

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It's unclear for how long the tour will last. Many feel as though this endeavor is nothing more than a cash grab. Many have speculated this is just another attempt to make money of the singer's legacy. However, The New York Times reports that Houston’s estate, as well as Primary Wave Music Publishing, the marketing company behind the tour, are determined on “restoring” Houston’s legacy. They believe her legacy to have been tarnished after her public persona was damaged by drug abuse.

Whitney's Legacy

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Hologram tour or not, Whitney Houston will always be a legend. There is no denying her iconic status, as well as no need to prove it. She stands in a category all on her own. Her voice, persona both on and off stage, and her pure genuineness are what will always be remembered. She was a star in every sense of the world, and that legacy will always live on. The hologram may not be doing the star justice, but her legacy is doing just fine without it.

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