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National Enquirer Rep Calls Whitney Houston Open Casket Pic ‘Beautiful’

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If you’ve seen this week’s copy of the National Enquirer, you’re already aware of the fact that the tabloid rag devoted its cover to what it’s billing as the final photo of Whitney Houston — a shot, allegedly taken during Saturday’s memorial service, of the recently deceased singer in her casket. Unsurprisingly, the Enquirer’s decision has kicked up a controversy — and perhaps also unsurprisingly, they’re standing by their decision to publish the image.

Speaking to FOX News, Enquirer publisher Mary Beth Wright refused to apologize for the photo, saying, “I thought it was beautiful.”

A number of publications have assailed the Enquirer, including fellow tabloid outlets such as HollywoodLife, whose executive editor, Denise Warner, called the photo “just another disgusting display of how low celebrity obsession can stoop.” Continued Warner, “Regardless of how they obtained the picture — and the likely exorbitant price they paid for it, the Enquirer should have thought twice about this post-mortem portrait. No one needs to remember Whitney preserved in formaldehyde. And it’s certainly not an image that is necessary in the discussion of her life and death.”

Warner’s comments were published by Fox411, who polled their readers to get their opinion on the fracas. As Fox411 later reported, “Forty percent of readers said that the Enquirer publishing the photographs was a shame, but par for the course for them. Thirty-seven percent said that it was reprehensible and 21 percent said they saw absolutely nothing wrong with it.”

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