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07 July 2009 @ 02:16 pm
Michael Jackson: my one and only post  
I wish him well in the next life, whatever that may be. To quote (from memory, so the wording may be a bit off) someone else, "I hope he finds more peace in the next world than he did here."

He was a brilliant and innovative entertainer.

Nevertheless, his death is not a matter of international or national security (although I am sure it's been a huge police / security / crowd control hassle in California), and I am deeply offended that CNN has been reporting from a "Situation Room".

Furthermore, there are other events in the world. Protests in Iran. Iranian clerics publicly opposing the Guardian Council. The subway crash in DC. Missiles in Korea. A military coup in Honduras. A mass shooting in Detroit and a possible serial killer in South Carolina. A monorail crash at Disney. Even the deaths of other celebrities. And what's on CNN? All Michael Jackson, all the time.

Finally, I was even more deeply offended by one CNN reporter yesterday or the day before who said something like, "I asked Al Sharpton when and where the family's private service was going to be. He told me about the public memorial at the Staples Center. I thought he must have misunderstood me, so I said, 'No, I'm asking about the family's private service -- when and where is that going to be?' But he refused to comment on that." It should have been nobody's damn business but the family's when and where their private services were held. What part of "family" and "private" did she not the hell understand (or, probably, respect even if she did understand the concept)?
Buddha Buckblaisepascal on July 7th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
I read a recent article which suggested that MJ identified with and wanted to be Peter Pan, and had the money to do so to the best of his ability (to the point of speculating that among his effects will be pictures of Peter Pan to be used as models for the plastic surgeons, and that his high-pitched speech was a deliberate affectation to retain the child-like characteristics he wanted in himself).

It is entirely possible and believable under that situation that MJ, like JM Barrie himself, was entirely asexual.
Maggiesillymagpie on July 7th, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
He did have a couple of sons with his second wife...
A Wandering Hobbitredbird on July 8th, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
It's not clear who the biological father was, though. (They are his kids by my understanding of parenthood, but that doesn't prove anything about sexuality.)
Buddha Buckblaisepascal on July 8th, 2009 12:19 am (UTC)
MJ? According to his second wife, she and MJ never lived as husband and wife and the children were artificially inseminated. His third child was borne by a surrogate, also via artificial insemination.
Maggiesillymagpie on July 8th, 2009 06:39 am (UTC)
At a cursory glance, Rowe has gone back and forth on the parental business and her lawyer (not an unbiased source) claims she's the mother. I have a feeling there will be as many rumors back and forth about Jackson as there were about Elvis and Howard Hughes.