Please! Enough! It's bad enough to see people being carried out of the Jackson tribute at the Apollo Theater for being overcome with emotion and to learn that members of his fan club have been committing suicide because they have nothing more to live for!
When I saw a number of sources, including USA Today , reporting Congress rose today for a moment of silence after a debate on the climate change bill, I was stunned.
Okay. I'll cede you the point he revolutionized American pop music. I think he was merely a part of it, but I'll still give you the point. Other than that he was a disturbed and dysfunctional man/child. Look at him. He was financially irresponsible. He also, by his own admission, plied young children with wine and took them to his bed.
This is not a man I choose to honor. That the Congress of the United States did is unfathomable. Representative Diane Watson, D-CA, said, "We pay tribute to the culture that he has left behind, his legacy."
Should Jackson the man be separated from Jackson the entertainment icon? Should his brilliance in the art of performance be separated from his actions as a private citizen? Is it even possible?
Congress may have paid tribute to the culture he left behind - that of a lost soul who mesmerized millions of other lost souls to the point of an unhealthy frenzy. Have these people no life of their own to be so obsessed? His legacy? What might that be? That celebrity, no matter how bazaar, immoral or illegal, is entitled to idolization through blinders?
What a sorry statement for those who in death would truly deserve a moment of silence from Congress.
Even if it were something as insignificant as having lived an exemplary life!