Alright, here we go. If you are sensitive or easily offended I suggest you don't read this. It may be a long post so I'm also not offended if you don't continue; I just really need to express this.
First off, too many people blame the media for everything; I love the media, they present hours upon hours of meaningless entertainment--they even promote good stuff once in awhile. I consume all types of media and I enjoy it--hooray media, we love you. Here's what I don't love--Michael Jackson.
Michael, were you a great entertainer? Yes Michael, were you a talented musician? Yes Michael, were you an insane dancer? Yes
Now Michael, did you have plastic surgery that likened you unto Skeletor? Yes Michael, did you dangle your hopeless children over balconies? Yes Michael, did you have inappropriate relationships with children? Yes Michael, did you live in an amusement park and love animals a little too much that made people uncomfortable? Also, yes Michael, have you lived life full of sex, drugs and alcohol? Yup
Here's the deal, was anyone suprised that he died at 50? You put your body through that much and I think living to 50 is a pretty decent age. Also, has anyone played his music in the past 10 years? No! I actually thought he was already dead, so when I heard he died my immediate reaction was, "Oh". I don't find joy in people's death and I realize he's human...or was at one point, but I don't understand the shock.
The real kicker are all these "fans". I have only heard Michael Jackson jokes since I was a teenager; all people did was make innappropriate jokes, yet all of the sudden people are flying in from all over the world to go to his funeral and take pictures of his star on Hollywood Blvd--which is a huge dirty let down for those who have never been to Hollywood. Stop the crying, stop the news and endless documentaries, stop pretending that, "He inspired you to dance and sing" or that you "grew up on Michael Jackson". Guess what? He doesn't know you nor does he care that you were his fan. Sorry you flew from Africa, drove cross country, and shed an unnecessary tear for him--just stop because you haven't listenedd to a song of his for at least 7 years. If we want to remember his music that is great--do benefit concert, sell some CD's to all the wannabe fans and put it toward a pretend music and dance school for the underprivledged so you feel nice and call it a day.
That is all. (side note, this was Ryan...not that anyone would have thought otherwise because Erica couldn't be that insensitive if she tried)