Stevie Wonder on Houston: This is not the time to be cynical
February 17th, 2012
04:44 PM ET

Stevie Wonder on Houston: This is not the time to be cynical

Stevie Wonder will have honored two fallen legends in entertainment with performances by week's end, as he moves from a Thursday memorial service for Don Cornelius to Saturday's funeral for Whitney Houston.

At Cornelius' memorial service yesterday in Los Angeles (Cornelius died February 1 at the age of 75 due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound),Wonder performed a rendition of "Love's In Need of Love Today."

But before he launched into song, he took a moment to address the media's treatment of Cornelius, as well as Houston, who died at 48 in the Beverly Hilton on February 11.

“Those of you who are the media and press," Wonder began, "this is not [the] time to be cynical, and not [the] time to talk about what one did and the tragedy that happened. They were American treasures.”

Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, while promoting his Oscar-nominated documentary "Undefeated," shared a similar reaction, nearly declining to speak at all on the topic of the heralded singer.

“I'm not really answering any questions on Whitney," Combs began. "I just don't like the way she's being portrayed in the media. I don't like the way the media is handling it, so I don't want to say something and be intercut - which you all are probably going to do with this anyway - but I don't want to be intercut in the way it's being portrayed, because it's just not right.

At the end of the day, Combs continued, "these are people. They are people and there has to be some level of respect. It can't just be like, 'There's no respect in the game anymore,' so I don't want to be a part of it. I'll keep my thoughts to myself and share my thoughts with her family, and that's it."


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