Interesting that with all the coverage of Whitney Houston’s death, I never say anything in U.S. media about how beloved she was in Arab countries. Both Arab protesters and mainstream Arab media discussed her impact.
“Houston’s death was front page news in many Arab dailies, and elicited an outpouring of grief from her fans. . . Her passing was also commemorated in Arabic on Twitter and Facebook.” writes Juan Cole in his blog Informed Comment.
A Yemeni political activist tweeted, “When I was a teenager in my room in #Yemen wondering what’s love, #WhitneyHouston was the voice that introduced Love 2 me #IWillAlwaysLoveYou.”