The King of Nothing

As Mariana Soffer pointed out in her comments on the previous post, the news media was paralyzed for weeks in the wake of the death of a pop star.

I for one was happy to ignore this story, and so I was not subject to the endless images and clips of his song and dance antics.

I apologize to those who will take offense at my indifferent attitude
But the death of Michael Jackson seems a trivial non-event to me in the shadow of the death of my own father, and the subsequent passing of my beloved dog.

They said he could dance...
And of course they were right

Michael was a great entertainer and he could sing and dance better than most
But to me his message of inter racial equality was over shadowed by his overwhelmingly desperate attempt to change color himself.
(It's ok to be black, but not for me, so I'm bleaching my skin...)

Add to this the fact that the man admitted that he thought it was perfectly OK to lure young boys into his bed, as long as there was nothing tawdry going on....

It still gives me the chills to think about it
Still makes me sick that anyone would still idolize the man after that

Yes
The man was a super star
He was the King of Pop

So What?

Pop is the mainstream entertainment gruel that the industry cooks up special for the lowest common market denominator.
Without meaning, without substance, without impact.
This is something to be proud to be the king of?

One might as well aspire to be the King of Walmart or vanilla ice cream...

We are poised at the moment of irrevocable change
Our future as a society perhaps even as a species, depends on the decisions we make today.

So give MJ his fifteen minutes and move on - PLEASE

The 24/7 media attention that was given to this event was not merely despicable, it was criminally irresponsible.

4 comments:

divya said...

i agree ! but my reason are different why is it that we spend hours after a person dies if you really want to tell someone they are good say it while they are alive and if we were spending hours criticise him while he was alive why did death make him pure? i am not passing a judgement on him i am just passing a judgement on our attitude!

Mariana Soffer said...

Idolizing in any case is a problem whether is a pervert a normal guy, a tyran, anything, it will always end up bad. It is just a disguise that is put on the person to camuflage its imperfection and make him look like a god "a perfect being".
The problem is that no human being is perfect, all have their failures, some have terrible ones, like child molesting, some have light ones like being clumpsy, but there is no such thing as perfection in a single human being.

It is great what you say here "One might as well aspire to be the King of Walmart or vanilla ice cream.." hilarious and at the same time patetic. I think this wanna bees are form by the culture they live in. The main problem with them is how incredibly twisted they have their values of what is important in life and for human beings.

Thanks a lot my friend for remembering what I said in your great posting.

human being said...

Bobbb... your point of view is praiseworthy... you are absolutely right... love the way you always treat a subject analytically and impressively...

you know, such stars are victims in a way... they are used by media to impose some wrong values on people's minds... to deprive them of their basic ability -- thinking...

it was not very strange why this news was overly covered by the media...

people in power do not like news about democratic movement of the people of a country that suould be regarded enemy be on top for a long time...

sentimantalism is the winning ticket of those in power... analytical thinking is a taboo...

Poor Michael... even in his death he was abused...

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