Are You Really Going To Miss Michael Jackson?

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)

Obit Michael Jackson Reax

(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.

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54 Responses to Are You Really Going To Miss Michael Jackson?

  1. yorksnbeans says:

    When you put it that way TL, it does sound absurd, but celebrities do touch an inner soul to many people. I think their deaths bring out a sense of our own mortality as well as memories of good times in our own lives.

  2. art vandelay says:

    I know the “friend of a friend” who you are speaking of (at least I bet it’s the same person) TRAGIC.
    This same media are the ones that have followed MJ around all these years and made fun of him and his freak show. I personally enjoy a lot of his tunes. It’s sad how Farrah’s death got overshadowed by MJ—what in the world is People magazine going to do next week, split cover??

  3. I agree with both you and yorkandbeans. I’m not moved by MJ’s loss. As he became more and more strange, I lost respect and interest. But my 21 yo daughter is devastated.

    There are many other celebs whose deaths do move me. Losses of childhood, culture, memory…

  4. womaninblack says:

    He wrote a love song about a rat, didn’t he?
    We should have been alerted to future ‘issues’ at that early stage.
    I liked the one about the robin, though. Jaunty.

  5. Andy says:

    I agree that the media are jerks.I spend a lot of time trying to help raise awareness and funds for people who are touched by Leukaemia, and the press (i have had many dealings with them!) don’t make any effort to promote our cause. “We will try to squeeze a mention in”, “We are not really interested in this sort of news” or perhaps the classic “Sorry, but people dying of cancer is just a sad fact of life”.Real responses to some of my requestes for coverage of issues.I suppose that they hear too many “sob stories”, unless you are a celeb and all of a sudden they want to know all about it :-(.
    The media is a closed loop, major newspapers and TV channels just don’t give a toss about “ordinary folk” unless they buy a gun and blow some poor souls away on a whim. They love blood and guts,celebs and millionaires…stuff the common man and his cause.
    Liked MJ, and grew up with his songs, but starting to see the “Elvis Effect” starting to kick in here…….

  6. elizabeth3hersh says:

    I found the following on another one of my favorite blogs “Your Religion is False” (http://yrif.org/):

    What Hell is Michael Jackson In?

    Jehovah’s Witness Hell

    Argument for:

    hit song “Blood on the Dance Floor” violates JeWit interpretation of Acts 15:28-29

    Argument against:

    kicked out in 1987 for “suggestive dance, dress, and grooming”

    Muslim Hell

    Argument for:

    inclusion of Mohammed caricature on Off the Wall album liner

    Argument against:

    professed Shahadah at Toto keyboardist Steve Porcaro’s house in 1998

    Jewish Hell

    Argument for:

    followed heretic “Kosher Sex” teachings of Shmuley Boteach

    Argument against:

    Judaism doesn’t really have a hell

    Scientology Hell

    Argument for:

    failed marriage to Lisa Marie Presley

    Argument against:

    history of OT-VIII-caliber insanity

    Catholic Hell

    Argument for:

    boy-touching

    Argument against:

    boy-touching

  7. nonnie9999 says:

    i think the media has been remiss. i have not yet heard the thread-count of the sheets on the bed where jacko was found. i need the details, dammit!

    on a serious note, i think this over-the-top celebrity death coverage is disrespectful.

  8. Sweats Model says:

    The death of any other accused child molester with a drug problem and identity issues would go unnoticed, so despite his talent, I cannot mourn him either.

    There are events far more tragic that are deserving of our attention, and while money and talent may cover up a lot of ugly (as they say in my part of town), it doesn’t excuse preying on children.

  9. womaninblack says:

    About that threesome – you really have to bring the other person along for it to qualify. Otherwise you’re cheating you know.

  10. G says:

    I’m not particular sad that MJ has passed away. I stopped caring about him as person about the same time he started lightening his skin tone.

    However, the media overkill has been sickening.

  11. You only had to ask you callous douchebag you.

  12. Yea, its always sad when a…wait a minute wasn’t this guy a pedophile. I will miss his imploding face and what it would have looked like at 60. Honestly, there are more important things that deserve our attention, like, you know, checking the dates on all your dairy products…stuff like that.

  13. art vandelay says:

    I believe he was acquitted in the child molestation case

  14. Kevin John says:

    Yea but, he was kinda cute in a weird way and no I’m not gay.
    Methinks his sister is a doll. Yes I will miss him. We all have our crosses to bear.

  15. i feel you…i deleted my post because i got to the point that i don’t care anymore about it. i hope his family is doing alright…and that he rests in peace..and yes i haven’t forgotten the “jesus juice” incident..i dunno…

  16. duncanr says:

    an androgynous imp

    a mutant

    music was ‘kitsch’

    The French seem to have a less flattering opinion of Jackson, TL

    http://tinyurl.com/qk7msf

  17. Era says:

    You’re right, the suffering of ordinary people goes unnoticed while people who sing and dance for a living are immortalized.

    I’ve never thought of Patrick Swayze as a great actor, but I really enjoyed his movie Dirty Dancing. Come on, you know you enjoyed it, right???

  18. Era says:

    BTW I know I’m old…my kids asked me who is Michael Jackson?

  19. Got a whole lotta nothing in the feeling department for MJ, Farah or McMahon.

    I think the last celebrity death that actually affected me was Phil Hartman’s. As you can tell by my handle, I love Newsradio. He was in his prime and the way he went was too fucked up.

    RIP, celebratrons. Someone else will take your place.

  20. Michael and Elvis are alive in the catskills

  21. Bart says:

    and now Karl Malden!! What is going on???

  22. Melody says:

    I will miss michale a lot and i will all was love him and keep him in my hart at all times.

  23. Melody says:

    I will miss MichaelJackson and i hope his kids will be ok and they will be love by his mother

  24. Melody says:

    RIPS Michael Jackson i will miss you soo much

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