Why does the media feel the need to glorify him?
I think it's mainly because the media is starving for news, because the networks and cable channels all want to be competitive with their coverage, because the same people who created him are still using him, because the media couldn't leave him alone in life and in death it's a huge opportunity for the media, and because the media can't go negative when tragic circumstances come along. Maybe there are more reasons, but that's a start.
I have a completely different question, which I'm almost hesitant to ask. And it's not totally facetious. The death of Michael Jackson has brought out a few comments about racism. Those comments trigger this question in my mind: What race was he?
Now, I know what the answer to that question is. He was what he was born as. But surely not everyone would agree with that.
Many people have had sex-change operations, using cosmetic surgery to change -- ostensibly -- from male to female, or vice-versa. These people want to be recognized and treated according to their new so-called "gender identity."
I'm not going where some might think with this. I do not suggest that Jackson ever went that
route. What I'm wondering is why doesn't anyone call him Caucasian? Wasn't all that cosmetic surgery essentially a series of race-change operations.
Hmmmmm? This is a whole 'nother topic, I know. But if people can have sex-change operations, why can't they have race-change operations?
Oh! They can't have race-change operations? Then neither can they really have sex-change operations. We all die what we were born as.
(Note to Dan Schmidt: I'll cancel my subscription if you put anything from this post in the magazine!)