I just received a frantic phone call from my friend. When I picked up the phone, I heard gasping and babbling. I have caller ID, so I knew who it was, but I was more concerned with what had happened.
I had to tell her to take a couple of deep breaths to alleviate the squeaks and “fingers on the chalkboard” tone of her voice. I could hear her husband in the background laughing, which was a relief, realizing it was nothing to do with her general welfare.
He got on the other line, still laughing and said he was sorry I couldn’t see what he was seeing. In between her babbling incoherently, I was treated to a vision of my friend half dressed in her underwear, alternately banging the phone on the bathroom sink and screaming into the mouthpiece like a banshee. Apparently, she had been watching the “Today” show again.
I heard some rustling around in the background, some more laughing, and finally silence, designating a recovery from her manic state of apoplexy. Finally she returned to me and whispered through the phone,,,,,”Michael Jackson”.
Aaaahhhhhh. It all becomes clear. Yes. Now, I have purposely avoided writing about this gentleman out of respect for his family, for his fans, and for him. However, I thought I might drop the “Today Show” a line or two about their coverage of this entire debacle. It said:
“Dear Today Show,
When are you going to take the Michael Jackson story out of the limelight? Please stop trying to pander your way back up the rating chart. I for one am sick of you glorifying his sordid life and death. He was a great entertainer, one of the best, but he was a confused, eccentric man-child with a questionable lifestyle. His life was sad; your over the top coverage is pitiful. It borders on manipulation, diverting your news coverage from the real issues of today to accommodate an agenda. You have just lost another seven viewers.”
Of course, I signed my name and gave my email address in anticipation of a reply. Hope springs eternal. I think I may have been mistaken in the number of viewers. It may be eight. My friend has somewhat recovered, but I am concerned that during her morning ritual, she may inadvertently land on NBC, and backslide into cerebral mayhem.
I wonder how MJ would react to this microscopic media coverage of his life. I mean, almost any person in his position would obviously have to enjoy attention, but aren’t some of his actions contrary? I don’t think he would appreciate his nose being stolen (did that really happen?) or the reporting on his death. All of his fans, the media, and even his detractors seem to have forgotten one thing.
There is a certain amount of respect due, earned or not, in death. To sensationalize it and drag it on and on in such a voyeuristic manner is just plain sicko.
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