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American Midol: Jacko, Porno, Court-o, Uh-Oh! (A Michael Jackson Primer, Part 3 = An Elite Selection of Juicy, Lewd, and Sordid Details)
Feb 14 2005 by Lani VoivodIn the beginning, there was Part 1 = Before the Neverland Sting, and then spoketh Part 2 = The Quick-Spit Facts. Now, behold the conclusion of our three-part probe into the Master of the Moonwalk himself.
The Michael Jackson trial – the trial of the Willenium – is upon us. This is no trivial matter.
Any cultural mythologist worth her weight in leather-bound Bulfinch anthologies will tell you it has all the makings of doomed inevitability – of imminent cultural Armageddon – in which a lusty, prurient-buggered nation points and sniggers at the ultra-disposable pop-Frankenstein it once worshipped and cherished. It's going to get ugly, folks. Not for the hopelessly-cracked sequin sporter, but what his public demise reveals about us.
EXHIBIT B: A Smattering of Gratuitous Details
Add to all this Martin Bashir's notorious documentary "Living With Michael Jackson," the February, 2003 shocker in which Jackson famously reasoned in front of the camera: "Why can't you share your bed? That's the most loving thing to do is share your bed with someone!"
A fine sentiment, I suppose, if you hadn't already settled a million lawsuit with a 13-year-old boy who'd accused you of sexual abuse.
Things do not look good, Michael. Not in the slightest.
Millions of zealots, non-believers, and crucifiers will demand their voice and views be heard.
And millions more sound bites, news stories, video clips, documentaries, analyses, live broadcasts, and previously-taped footage will be thrust out to feed the throbbing vein of desire.
In the end, when the shrapnel of a glittered glove is zoomed in on by an overly artsy news reporter, to bookend a three-part series on the rise and fall of Michael Jackson, what will this fiasco say about US? What will it say? What WILL it say?
I'm not optimistic.
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