Am I missing something here?
The television media, for the past two days, have been wall-to-wall with Michael Jackson’s death, but it seems that any discussion of his apparently life-long pedophilia compulsions are off-limits. They’re hinted at, they’re alluded to, but nobody says shit out-loud about it. It just doesn’t seem quite polite on TV to talk ill of the recently deceased.
I suppose it’s remotely possible that Jackson was not a pedophile, but if he wasn’t then he appears to have missed it by only a hair. It’s true that he managed to gain an acquittal when he was tried for some specific counts of pedophilia, but let’s get real here. He paid one family $20 million dollars to avoid legal action against him, and his lifelong behavior bore all the signs of a manipulative and wealthy pedophile using his money to obtain access to children.
I like what Lisa Marie Presley said back in the summer of 2008 about her marriage to Michael Jackson. Presley had just turned forty, and at forty, things look different. She was asked about her marriage to Jackson and she said:
That was probably the biggest mistake of my life. I was really naive at the time. I was in la-la land. I must have been out of my fucking mind.
Source: The Week, Sept. 5, 2008.
That’s what the television media are right now. Out of their fucking minds. Watching the different networks is like sitting around in the living room with a bunch of relatives in denial. They all seem to be in agreement that now is not the time to speak the truth about the dead. But it’s sending a terrible signal about the value our culture places on children. Michael Jackson was, well, famous, so let’s all look the other way, at least for a few days.
Remember the Ed Bradley interview?
For more of my take on Michael Jackson, see here.