While Lifetime's Whitney Houston biopic Whitney was a success over the weekend, it still had a few critics here and there. The movie's director and Houston's friend Angela Bassett opened up about receiving negative reactions to the film.
She told Christian Post Friday, just one day before the movie premiered on Lifetime, that she was expecting it considering the story she was telling.
"You have to understand with great success there will be critics and naysayers. My intention was to tell their love story as honestly as I could. Whenever the naysayers came, you know you expect that and then you keep on moving. If I can tell [this story] with some compassion, then you just keep on jumping those hurdles until you get to that finish line."
She went on to say that while the story did not show Houston as the way many of her fans knew and loved her, she had only pure intentions in conveying Houston during a time of her life that may not have been the best (such as her struggle with cocaine and rocky relationship with R&B crooner Bobby Brown), but certainly has been one of the most talked about.
"My intention was not to drag my sister down any further, but to celebrate what was good about her life and to show, in a tasteful way, that those choices were made."
She added that she hoped fans would get the message that something might start off as "just for fun," but could be detrimental and extremely harmful to one's life.
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The movie and following special with her ex-husband Bobby Brown got a total of 11.8 million viewers.