Holograms of famous people: creepy or cool?

Kanye West gifted his wife a hologram version of her deceased father, famed attorney Robert Kardashian

Stars Insider

02/11/20 | StarsInsider

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These days it can be near-impossible to see your favorite stars up close. Beyond the skyrocketing ticket prices, not every musician can make it to your corner of the world. What's more, so many legendary talents and famous faces simply aren't around anymore. But don't fear: holograms are here.

Robert Kardashian is the latest, with Kanye West gifting his wife Kim Kardashian a hologram version of her father for her 40th birthday. But while some found the gift to be heartwarming, others found it downright weird.

Certainly celebrity holograms are controversial, but are they illegal? That's the question surrounding the latest hologram of the late Whitney Houston. While there's a hologram on tour that was commissioned by her family, there's now also been a recent 'Houston hologram' that's performed without authorization from her estate.

An improved hologram of the star–which was originally shelved in 2016 when it was supposed to appear on 'The Voice' but wasn't quite up to standards–showed up a variety show put on by record producer Scott Storch and Hologram USA. The original artist, Alki David, retooled his design and pitched it again. The problem is Whitney Houston's estate says they didn't authorize this. What's more, they may now be looking at their legal options.

Regardless of the legalities, audiences are divided on whether it's a great way to celebrate her life or a twisted way to exploit her in death. And what's more, both sides seem to agree on the strangeness of a virtual performance.

Of course, holograms are not just for those who've passed away, either. Click through this gallery to see which famous faces have appeared as holograms.

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