Posts tagged “funeral”.

Today Is “It’s what Michael Jackson would have wanted…” Day

I think as a reaction to Suze Orman telling us all the things we SHOULDN’T do, for just one day during this Great Recession, absolve anything you do by recalling, It’s what Michael Jackson would have wanted…”

I was just thinking of how MJ went on a spending spree from the cameras of Martin Bashir (the toilet paper of broadcast journalism) as he said, “this one, this one, I want this one,” as he went through a shop full of ornate furniture in Vegas.

So enjoy that mocha half-caff latter. Buy that large screen TV. Unfriend someone on Facebook for having a contrary opinion. After all…

It’s what Michael Jackson would have wanted…

Not a King—Just a Sad, Strange Talent

I am already tired of Michael Jackson’s funeral, and it hasn’t even started. I have to agree with Elizabeth Taylor, who is not attending, because she doesn’t want to share her grief amid the whoopla of millions.

People seem very polarized about Michael Jackson. Either they are in collective denial, or they thing he was just a wacko. He was a very talented musician who entertained millions and broke records at Billboard. But he was a strange cross between a shrewd businessman and a lost child. That the media is making his self-appointed coronation as “King of Pop” is too much.

That the City of Los Angeles, which is broke, is footing the $4-million tab for the funeral, is too much.

That no one ever questions the parents who sent their children for overnights at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch is too much.

The media keeps going on about “celebrating his life and his music.” Well, celebrate the music, but lament a life wasted and lost in self-loathing and excess. To “celebrate” such a strange, sad man would be, again, too much. The real sad thing here is that the man seemed to destroy himself, despite having money, friends, family, and children. It seems everyone enabled him to destroy his image, then his body, then his life. Americans delight in the downfall of their celebrities, but no one pays any serious attention to getting them help, and they are the most able to access therapy and treatment.

And that too, is too much.

Sideshow Alert

I cannot say I am a Michael Jackson fan, but I am certainly not glad he is dead. It’s a shame that his neuroses were so utterly public and bizarre. The latest rumor is that he was on demerol. It’s sad that so many talented people end up like this.

HOWEVER… why do I know that the ensuing months will be a freakshot of child-custody hearings, squabbling relatives, tell-all revelations, and a massive fight over the will.

And deep in my heart, I know that his funeral will be attended by family, celebrities, a boys choir, and possibly a chimpanzee or two?