I get that it is sad when someone dies at a relatively young age but I don’t really understand all of the over the top hand wringing. Mike hasn’t done anything new or innovative in what… 20 years? You were doing just fine during that period, weren’t you?
And let’s not forget the whole “Jesus Juice” incident. Didn’t that get settled out of court for like 20 million dollars? I am not saying he was guilty of it but it is odd how people seem to just gloss that issue over.
To be fair, I had the same reservations about enjoying listening to the Who once it was revealed that Pete Townsend was surfing child porn websites. Although he chalked it up to “research”, it still creeps me out.
One measure of talent is the fan base of an entertainer. In this area, MJ was truly a king. Sadly, as you can see in the following AP photo, these people might not be the brightest bulbs in the pack.
Fans remember Michael Jackson at the star they believe belongs to pop star Michael Jackson but that belongs to a radio personality of the same name on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Thursday June 25, 2009 in Los Angeles. Jackson, the sensationally gifted ‘King of Pop’ who emerged from childhood superstardom to become the entertainment world’s most influential singer and dancer before his life and career deteriorated in a freakish series of scandals, died Thursday.
(AP Photo/Philip Scott Andrews)
(By the way, what exactly is that in the green shirt?)
Soon, we will also hear about what a great actor Patrick Swayze was. Um….no he isn’t / wasn’t. He is just another of many pseudo Hollywood celebrities. Again, it is sad that he is suffering and is likely to die soon. But I got to tell you, there are young people dying everyday around us that go completely unnoticed.
Every week, I read the list of service men and women that have died overseas this week. Where is their relentless news coverage on CNN or outpouring of grief by the common man?
I would suggest our addiction to celebrity is really quite sad. When we need to know what Ashton Kutcher “twittered” about MJ, I know we have jumped the shark. (Of course, I really did want to know what Sam Ronson thought).
I do feel bad about Mike’s children losing their dad. That is always the worst part of these things. But a friend of a friend was just stabbed to death by her husband and her children are also now parentless. Think she will get any kind of media coverage beyond a single news cycle? Don’t bank on it.