Friday, June 26, 2009
I absolutely do not believe the level of hype surrounding the death of Michael Jackson. Don't get me wrong; I'm sorry he died, but the level of media coverage, even from FOX News, is ridiculous. You would think this guy was a president or head of state, or some philanthropic do-gooder who had been up for canonization. At best, the nicest thing you can say about Jackson was that he was a talented performer. However, would this be someone you would want to hold up as a role model for anyone? His personal lifestyle was unusual, to say the least. And, though we can't know for sure if he was ever guilty of any of the charges of child molestation, and I'm willing to entertain the possibility he was unjustly persecuted, his behavior was totally bizarre pertaining to children. What I can say is that I believe his own children will suffer the effects of his weird behavior for years to come, parading them around in masks, dangling them off balconies, etc., and I'm sorry to say the best thing that he could have done for these kids was to pass away; at least now any money his estate earns might benefit them, as opposed to it being squandered on hyper-baric sleeping chambers, exotic pets, routine plastic surgery and a whole host of other strange and frivolous junk. As a lesson in warped perspective, witness how little coverage Farrah Fawcett's death got in comparison. Here's a celebrity who used her last days on earth to chronicle the personal suffering and agony she went through fighting cancer, in order to bring awareness of the effects of this disease to the public. I guess though that can't compare to having grabbed your crotch while moonwalking, during the process of selling millions of albums to a generation of bubble-gummers.