Posted byat 29th June, 2009
Well, I guess Michael Jackson’s death pretty much blows my idea for a remake of that great German movie, M.
Am I the only person who remembers that Michael Jackson, by his very own words, was a child molester, or am I just the only person who seems troubled by that? How talented do you have to be in order to make up for getting little kids drunk and taking them to your bed – while naked? Just how talented do you have to be before that behavior becomes acceptable?
I’ve got to tell you, in my book being a good singer and a great dancer isn’t enough. I’m not certain coming up with a cure for cancer would be enough. “Oh, yeah, sure, he got little boys drunk and then took them to his bed, but hell, he cleared up my carcinoma.”
Sorry, folks, I’m not buying Jackson’s canonization. I won’t be doing a tribute on Weird Sounds Inside The Gold Mind, I won’t be dropping teddy bears off at the Apollo, I’m not going to rent The Wiz (then again, Diana Ross scares me).
I respect him as an entertainer and as a bizarre phenomenon. But I have a hard time respecting a pederast. I think Peter Sellers was an amazing talent, but when it became clear he was a dangerous asshole of the highest degree, I lost my taste for most of his work (exceptions: Dr. Strangelove and, oddly, Casino Royale). There’s no question that Elia Kazan was one of the most gifted directors to grace the screen and the stage, but when I found out about how he ratted out his buddies to the McCarthy witch hunt just to save his sorry ass from the type of blacklisting they suffered, he became El Rata Supremo and I can’t watch his stuff (exception: A Face In The Crowd, one of the greatest and most important movies ever made).
Okay. I noted exceptions for bastards like Kazan and Sellers, and I’ll note exceptions for Jackson: his videos were great, and he was possibly the best dancer since the Nicholas Brothers. Well, the Nicholas Brothers were ten times better, but Jackson was maybe a notch below Fred Astaire. Fair is fair.
But – and I can not underscore this enough – Michael Jackson was a pederast. No excuses. Yeah, he had a lousy childhood. Yeah, he had no training for adulthood. Yeah, he got little boys drunk and took them to his bed. Nothing makes up for that. Given the fact that sexually abused children tend to grow up to become sexual predators, while we’re remembering Jackson’s contributions to our culture let’s keep in mind the kids who have been fighting off this horrible legacy.
So when it comes to the death of this man, I strongly advise Keith Olbermann to remember why he quit MSNBC the first time and, then, let’s get on with our lives. As Pete Townsend said, “This is no social crisis; just another tricky day for you. You’ll get through.”
Mike Gold performs the weekly two-hour Weird Sounds Inside The Gold Mind ass-kicking bizarro music and blather show starts up Sundays at 7:00 PM Eastern on www.getthepointradio.com, replayed the following Thursdays at 10:00 PM Eastern. Likewise, his Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mind rants pop up every on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday exclusively at www.getthepointradio.com. The regular Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mind rants continue every Monday and Friday on The Point podcasts, available right here at www.michaeldavisworld.com, as well as at www.comicmix.com, www.getthepointradio.com, www.zzcomics.com, and www.ravenwolfstudios.com. You can subscribe to The Point podcasts at iTunes by searching under “The Point Radio.”
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