On Britain’s X Factor TV show, the side straps on Whitney Houston’s gown came undone halfway through her performance, but as Bob Dylan said, nothing is revealed. This has led to massive press coverage of her “wardrobe malfunction” (giggle!) and YouTube interest, so instead of stateside fans just hearing that Houston emerged, performed, and sounded a little out of breath, thousands of them will view the clip with its elaborate stage effects and stage show and think, wasn’t she fabulous? And such a trouper! We suspect a put-up job, but we are cynical, and cynicism has nothing to do with the magic of pop music.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 19, 2009