Whitney Houston's ex-husband Bobby Brown issues furious threat to Kanye West over 'disgusting' album cover
Kanye, Kanye, Kanye - when are you going to learn? No matter how many controversies and Twitter spats you manage to cause, you still don't really know where to draw the line.
First there was the whole MAGA hat debacle, then there was a huge furore over whether or not the musician had declined to give financial aid to a charity in his mother's name, and now - just a week or so later - there is outrage over his decision to use an image of Whitney Houston's bathroom as the cover for Pusha T's new album (which 'Ye produced).
Obviously, the move was seen as being highly controversial, as Houston passed away in that same bathroom in February 2012. Though the image in question predates the singer's death by six years (and was originally published on the cover of the National Enquirer), the meaning behind it has obviously changed since that time, and Kanye's choice to use it on an album cover seems to be a deliberate statement of sorts.
Unsurprisingly, then, his fans (and, more importantly, Houston's) are not happy.
Some have called it disrespectful, others have said it was thoughtless, and some believed it was just downright hateful.
And now, Houston's ex-husband, Bobby Brown, has spoken out about his feelings on the matter in an interview with Rolling Stone.
"Why would he post that on his album cover?" Brown said. "That’s really disgusting that he would do that. That’s in really bad taste. Something should happen to Kanye. He’s already crazy. I knew that when I first met him. Now he’s pushing the bar a little bit. He needs somebody to slap him up or something. And I’m just the person to do it."
This follows an earlier statement from the Houston estate, in which it said it was "extremely disappointed in Kanye's choice" to use the photograph for his album artwork. "Even in Whitney's death, we see that no one is exempt from the harsh realities of the world," Houston's estate added.
Though Brown and Houston were not married at the time of her death, he was still heavily impacted by her passing - especially as he would eventually lose his daughter, Bobbi Kristina, two years later (she also died while in the bathtub).
While all this uproar has been going on, however, others have attempted to defend the choice to feature the photo.
"Think about the artwork," said one Twitter user. "Pusha T is a rapper that speaks about things that are uncomfortable such as using drugs and drug-dealing. This photograph is very strong because it shows us what drug dealing do to people we love. It’s supposed to be uncomfortable to view."
"As someone who actually listened to the album, I see just why this cover art was used," wrote another. "And to be quite honest, I think if Pusha-T never said Kanye changed the cover to the bathroom photo, no one would care that much or give a damn at all if they thought it was his idea."
Regardless of what people may think of the album artwork, the finished product is now out on the market - and it doesn't look like much can be done about it.