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January 31, 2005

On The Inevitable Michael Jackson …

Himself no stranger to the whispered accusation of child molester, Michael Jackson’s father said his son’s travails were because of racism. The elder Mr. Jackson is certainly correct in part, but I believe the dominant force here is freakism.

If you’re going to invite numerous children to live with you in your private villa which you call Neverland, stock the place with exotic animals and the bones of the Elephant Man, dress like you couldn’t control yourself at Sgt. Pepper’s garage sale and transform yourself into a Hannes Bok drawing, some folks are likely to misinterpret your intent.

However, it is certainly your right to invite children to live with you in your private villa, call it Neverland, stock it with exotic animals and the bones of the Elephant Man, dress like you couldn’t control yourself at Sgt. Pepper’s garage sale and transform yourself into a Hannes Bok drawing.

Nobody knows if Mr. Jackson is guilty as charged, outside of Mr. Jackson himself and the child he befriended. He may or may not be a victim and to characterize him as such at this time is pejorative. The prosecutor’s office has had no less than seventeen months – and actually several years – to try Jackson in the public arena knowing full well, as all prosecutors know, that a person cannot defend himself in that court without shifting the burdon of proof from the government to the defense. It is up to the prosecutor to convince a jury of Jackson’s guilt. How can you prove you did not share a bed with a person who was staying at your house? I, for one, do not have a camera focused on my bed 24/7, and even if I did, I know a couple damn good videotape editors.

So why does this case command our attention? Because Michael Jackson was a major pop star who decided to become a freak. That was his choice. Every media star should be counseled on how the media treats stars and how a public personality’s “right” to privacy is severely curtailed.

But I do know one thing. If this trial lasts five months, that’s five months of not having the media inundate us with the Robert Blake trial. Anybody who claims he didn’t kill his wife because he was busy going back for his gun at the time the murder was committed is a whole ‘nother type of freak.

Posted by Mike Gold at January 31, 2005 04:15 PM

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I heard a reporter from CourtTV claim it was a bad idea to bar cameras from the court room. Her logic: with no cameras in the court room, the only exciting thing for the news stations to show will be the circus outside the court -- if they could show the trial itsel, it would keep us focused on the real issues.

Posted by: Isaac B2 at February 1, 2005 02:32 AM

Of course the Court TV reporter is going to say that. What else are they going to say? what's stupid is trying to justify it with anything other than "Hey, that's what we do."

As for the racism charge, that's bogus. Michael Jackson is the most non-threatening black man alive. Aside from whether or not he's guilty ( he may be), but that's not what this case is about. Judging from the antics of the prosecutor in this case, I actually have serious doubts that Michael is guilty, at least in this case. I think the prosecutor is looking for a book deal and to make some money and a name for himself.

Posted by: eclark1849 at February 6, 2005 08:28 PM

Let's see if I got this right: a big-name black man who willfully and repeatedly turns himself into a scary mega-freak and (ostensibly) sleeps with children -- white children -- ISN'T threatening?

I certainly agree with you about the prosecutor. His actions have been highly suspect. I'm always a bit taken aback whenever our legal system trots out pornography as evidence of child abuse. Particularly during the jury selection phase.

Posted by: Mike Gold at February 7, 2005 10:02 AM

I just don't think he's threatening. I agree with the freak thing, but I think Michael's "Peter Pan" persona puts people at ease, in spite of the freakism.

Of course, I have to wonder why all these white people are letting their kids sleep over at a black man's (or any man for that matter) house. I don''t care if he WAS Peter Pan.

Want to investigate something? There you go.

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