Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Goodbye, Michael... Hello, Paris!

It's a terribly cynical question, but one that, I think, cannot be avoided in light of the events of the past 24 hours, and the media/public's response to same:

How long before they make an industry out of the three Jackson kids?

(And God I hope that 20 years from now, we're not asking questions about what's going on with Prince Michael Jr.'s nose...)

4 comments:

roger o'keefe said...

I can't even begin to get into some of your latest posts, which are "out there" to say the least. I'm with you 100% on this one, though. You could see the whole thing developing as you watched even just the news highlights of the Memorial service.

I feel for those kids. Maybe they won't lack for money, or at least they shouldn't depending on who's looking out for them. Someone has to keep the vultures away. But as for everything else in life I think all bets are off, as you recently put it.

sassy sasha said...

those kids are *adorable*!! but i hope i can ask this w/o seeming bigoted or anything- why are they so white?! i'm assuming mj's sperm would not have the modified look he got through plastic surgery so where is the influence of his original looks in their appearance? not even *one* of them in any way? seriously-

Anonymous said...

Jackson really got a lot of mileage out of three great albums, and a dozen crappy ones. The critics who (rightfully so) savaged his dozen crappy albums are now universally hailing him as "The Greatest Entertainer Ever".

But since his three kids shared no DNA with the man - his creepy dermatologist fathered at least two of them - then they are pretty much MJ's possessions as opposed to his offspring. The media will forget them unless they happen to date the Obama kids. The Jackson's are just the flavor-of-the-month; soon they will become Trivial Pursuit questions.

ps See, Steve? I kept it clean. No tasteless MJ jokes. (But the caviar one and the cloning one were pretty funny.)

Cosmic Connie said...

Events of the past few months have probably deepened my cynicism, so you'll have to take this comment for what it's worth, but it seems to me that the moment widely heralded as "the one unscripted moment" in MJ's memorial service looked...well...if not scripted, at least coached. And yes, that cynical thought occurred to me the very first time I saw young Paris' brief but tearful tribute to her daddy, while she was embraced by her equally tearful but elegantly dressed Aunt Janet. Quite without warning, a voice popped into my head, whispering, "Bad acting!", and I whirled around to see if you were in the room, Steve. :-)

I do not doubt that the child's grief was genuine, but after dozens and dozens of replays of the brief elegy, I have to say that I was beginning to get more than a bit annoyed. Chiefly to blame for this are the "news" media that just couldn't get enough of the touching scene, but geez, enough is enough.

Cynicism aside, I do feel for the kids. And I also feel compassion for the late MJ.