26 June 2009

OK, That Last Post? I Take It All Back

Vatican paper hails Jackson


Anonymous said...

I missed the part in the comments of the Vatican newspaper what MJ did to build up the Kingdom of God, surely they'll mention it in their next, "hail obama" article.

CN said...

I just don't get it. The overwhelming evidence is that he was diddling kids. No, he was never convicted in a court of law, but, of course, if he were a school teacher or, God forbid, a priest, he would have already been jettisonned into deep space by now. A media double-standard? Say it ain't so!

Ironically, prison might have saved his life... to get off the drugs, to get away from all his enablers, to take responsibility for himself and his actions. The life he led is a real indictment against the worst aspects of my generation. A most tragic story. May God have mercy on his soul.

Anonymous said...

CN, you have good insight about double-standards. I don't see it as much of a media bias as I do the inequality between the haves and have nots. Michael Jackson, like OJ Simpson, could hire the best crooks, I mean lawyers, to defend himself. It's sad when our courtrooms no longer are trying to discern the truth as much as to play the system to win, and winning is the only goal.

Most accused priests are poor and could never afford the legal fees that sprung MJ and OJ from their crimes. If they had millions to throw at each case, then the outcome would be quite different.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said basically that the story line is basically the same - just the names and circumstances change. And the story is of a Horatio Alger-type person, going from rags to riches and immense popularity. Then there is the major fall from grace (in the truest sense of the world.) Greek mytholody, Shakespeare and most writers capture some form of the classic "Tragedy" story.

Michael Jackson was no different, rising from being a poor black child to a rich white woman. After buying his way out, er, winning his case, he lived an increasingly stranger life as only a ghost of himself. And upon his death, we finally reflect on what was a really strange up-bringing, as we try to figure out why he was so strange and what kept driving him.

That tragedy is played out daily in the tabloids - Gov Mark Sanford, Bill Clinton, Larry Craig, John Edwards, David Vitter, Ted Kennedy, John Ensign ... Pamela Anderson, John and Kate ... the list is endless.

What saddens me most is the superficial voyerism we have toward such disasters, almost like we find comfort that those adulated for their being famous are, in the end, just like the rest of us. And maybe worse, because they have, for some reason, been given more public trust by the media than those in society who should be adulated: good moms and dads, nurses, teachers, social workers, police and firemen, and all those who eke out a living while being very good people.