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Friday, June 26, 2009

Pervert dies, America mourns

Michael Jackson, who wrote and performed some shit songs, is dead.

One feels sorry for his offspring (assuming they are actually his), only some of whom he has held off three storey balconies.

However, they live and their putative father is dead. And one should speak well of the dead, except of course for the small issue of child abuse.

Jackson shared his bed with little boys. That's neither normal nor right, but in keeping with the way of justice on this planet, being rich meant he never faced charges relating to his admissions of sharing beds with small boys.

In one sense, I have sympathy. He had no privacy, no normality, no childhood, no life. Not in a fit would I swap with his existence, no matter how large his fortune. That can't have led to a normal life.

But in another I do not. He put himself in a position whereby he settled a court case about child abuse and was faced with other cases. And there's no excuse for that.

One can have sympathy with Jackson over his childhood and his background without ever endorsing the situation in which he found himself among kids.

But in the long run, I suspect the main legacy will be the fact that he was black and turned his skin white.

What better condemnation of the modern world is there than the fact that "the most talented musician in the planet" (according to Sky News) sought to spend his lifetime changing his skin colour?

7 comments:

boro said...

I like the way you move from "who wrote and performed some shit songs" to "the most talented musician in the planet" in one article.

Eoin said...

mupper

Eoin said...

Sorry, I meant muppet, as in you are...

JC Skinner said...

Boro, I should have clarified: 'the most talented musician on the planet' was how Sky News described Jackson last night - which is odd, given that he was a singer who danced and didn't play a single instrument.
Eoin - bless. If you can't spell it, don't try to insult people with it, there's a good chap.

boro said...

Well i suppose it was nearly 2am when you posted, was there egyptian jazz involved?

Ray from PA said...

There are 2 Michael Jacksons. You have focused on the crazy one and maybe this one is a wacko because of "prescription" drugs. Who knows? But the other one - the one from the 70's 80's 90's is one in a billion. This is the MJ who will live on. You have to be amazed by his talent; singer, dancer and songwrited. Easy as ABC.

JC Skinner said...

I suspect for most people under 40 it will be impossible to tell the two apart, Ray.
And clearly drugs played a major role in what happened to him and in his death.
Boro - no jazz, but perhaps some whiskey.