Whitney Houston Lifetime Movie Lights Up Social Media

Kathy Griffin, Sherri Shepherds and Donna Brazile weigh in on TV biopic

Last Updated: January 18, 2015 @ 1:58 PM

As “Whitney” began airing on Lifetime on Saturday night, celebrities including Kathy Griffin, Sherri Shepherd and leading Democrat Donna Brazile weighed in on the anticipated and controversial biopic.

Not surprisingly, the reviews were mixed.

“Look here’s the deal America, I will always love her #nonjudgment,” tweeted comedian Kathy Griffin.

Democratic National Committee vice-chairman Brazile was a fan, telling viewers to “tune in.”

The movie’s director, Angela Bassett, also added her two cents, giving viewers behind-the-scenes tidbits about the late singer.

“‘Jesus Loves Me’ was the last song she sang in public and the one she always used for her vocal warm ups,” she tweeted.

The made-for-TV movie, stars Yaya DaCosta, who was most recently seen in “Lee Daniels‘ The Butler.” The New York native got her start in showbiz as a finalist on Cycle 3 of “America’s Next Top Model.”

Here are some of the reactions:

Actor Arlen Escarpeta, who played Bobby Brown, was the target of some harsh criticism.

First time director, Angela Bassett, also chimed in, explaining to viewers her movie-making decisions.

On Friday, Whitney Houston‘s sister-in-law Pat Houston issued a blistering statement ahead of the movie’s premiere.

Pat, the president of Whitney’s estate, took to her official website to share key thoughts on the filmmaking process, the family’s previous comments against the film and their enduring hope for the icon’s legacy.

“Why wasn’t there a call to myself, Gary, Cissy or even her daughter? Why deny selected members of the family an advanced copy of the film? As we once again enter a season of bereavement and the strategic timing so close to the anniversary of Whitney’s death, this is a disappointment that any of us who loved her could do without,” Pat wrote.