Good Lord Margaret. I had no idea Michael Jackson was this popular. I realize now, of course, that it was as plain as the nose on my face… OK. Bad joke. But even if you were hiking on the Appalachian Trail this non-Father’s Day weekend, it was almost impossible to avoid the news and entertainment coverage of Michael Jackson’s death. I wasn’t a fan, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t respect his talent… even if I didn’t understand it – all that jumping around like he had ants in his pants.
But I have to say, after watching all these reports, his life seemed out of control even while he was in control of it and it seems to still be out of control now that he is no longer living. And that Joe Jackson is a real piece of work. He seems to be depreciating an asset rather than mourning a son. (It’s an accounting term, Dear. Ask Howard to explain it to you.)
I remember when this happened to Elvis and that sweet Marilyn Monroe. At some point Michael Jackson stopped being a human being and instead became a widget. And now it seems we are giving three more kids to the couple who manufactured the Jackson widgets. Life goes on… Will we ever learn?
Watching all this mad-dash coverage, it occurs to me that if you tore him down in life then it’s a tad bit hypocritical for you to now prop him up in death. Did I mention Joe Jackson was a piece of work? But we seem to be evolving into a nation of hypocrites. And as someone who believes evolution should be taught in school, I am more than a little worried about this evolutionary cycle.
If it were up to me, I would establish a few rules right about now regarding hypocrisy. Something along the lines of:
- If you’re Michael Jackson’s father now is not the time to be enjoying the limelight.
- You can’t be Pro-Life and Pro-War at the same time. If one of these dispositions has to be in your cadre, then pick one and live with the consequences.
- You can’t deny the right to marry to some and then cheat on your spouse. The right to happily marry belongs to all no mater how unhappy it makes you.
- You can’t tolerate the atrocities of one President for eight years and then assign the consequences to one who follows. From this day forward everything was Reagan’s fault.
- The Christian Right should be forced to spend a week in Iran. May the best radicals win.
- The Real Housewives should actually be housewives.
About that last one. I mean it. Really.