Who Are These People???

I don’t know what the precise figures are but at least 750K tickets were sold within four hours for Michael Jackson’s 10 performances in England- which, due to demand, has now increased to 50 shows!

Who the hell are buying the tickets?

Granted, the man is in dire financial straits and you do what you have to do. Many of his ridiculous possessions from Neverland were or will be put up for auction. If you have the dough, you too could ride in one of the limos that Michael rode in…on second thought, maybe not…

Thriller was probably the last album of his that I liked…He was adorable as the front man for The Jackson 5 and then he morphed into mangle-face. So talented and (obviously) so disturbed.

I watched the Michael Jackson piece done by a British journalist (whose name escapes me at the moment) where we are taken along on a ridiculous shopping spree (Vegas cheese with a lot more zeros) that brings to mind “cents but no sense” – the idea that money does not buy taste. It was a brief glimpse into a life where no one says no and the sky really is the limit. I felt like I was watching a train wreck that had derailed but was still plowing on and destroying everything in its wake.

I was compelled to stare as you would when you drive by an accident. It was very uncomfortable to watch but I could not pull away until the credits rolled.

I don’t know what happened to him and I could never imagine what it would be like to moon walk in his shoes but I cannot separate what he has done to himself (and others) and his music.

Maybe these ticket buyers are better than me because they can see past his life and appreciate his talent. Or maybe they don’t see anything wrong with how he has conducted his life. I don’t have the final word on anything (I am just an average schmuck who is trying to get from point A to point B and hopefully live a good life in the process) but I would never leave my (as yet, theoretical) children within 10 miles of him full stop.

I am reminded of Jarvis Cocker’s protest over Michael Jackson’s performance at the Brit Awards in 1996. Check out a reasonably neutral account here….It speaks to money, power, privilege and disillusionment.

The man is still adored- if the reaction to the announcement of the concerts and the tearful happiness of those who were able to get tickets is any indication.

Maybe I am just a B!tch for judging others. I still adore Christian Bale even after hearing a recording of the tirade he unleashed on a hapless AD “leaked” a few weeks ago- though I look at him slightly differently now.

We are all human, fallible, imperfect.

I agree that there can be beauty and good can be found in imperfection but is it wrong of me to think that some are more imperfect than others- to the point of being damaged- and more dangerously so?


~ by angryegg on March 18, 2009.

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