No. But that hasn’t stopped some local residents from complaining about Governor Chris Christie’s decision to fly the state’s flags at half-staff during Whitney Houston’s funeral in her home town of Newark this Saturday. They point out Whitney’s famous struggles with illegal drugs and claim that honoring someone like her minimizes the deaths of troops killed in action who receive the same honor.
Gov. Christie is not interested in the complaints. Whitney’s the biggest-ever singer from the state except for maybe Frank Sinatra and points out that no one complained when he lowered the flags after Bruce Springsteen’s sax player Clarence Clemons died last fall.
If you think this is the kind of thing everyone should get worked up about, we’re happy to provide the above video, which features a local news station talking to an actual member of the Harlem Globetrotters to get his feedback on the controversy.