I was halfway through another article today when I got word of the big news.
Ladies and gentleman the ‘King of Pop’ is now dead as a doornail.
That’s right; at 2:26 pm today Michael Jackson kicked the bucket at a mere fifty years of age. There’s no doubt that he was popping far too many happy pills, but it’s still a pretty sad situation. Forget the child molestation charges, the freaky nose job(s), and all of those creepy Neverland interviews for a second. On the stage MJ was a spectacle, a sage, a….God? While his music never touched me personally (excuse the pun) I still have mad respect for his talent. In fact, I’m pretty sure the moonwalk should be universally respected among all mortals; if it isn’t already. My favorite tune of his – Billie Jean, no doubt.
But putting this aside, do you know what we’re in for people? Yup – endless hours of Michael Jackson tributes, pathetic “80’s kids” sobbing on the news, youtube, and their wordpress blogs. It’s not that I don’t feel compassion for the man, his death deserves to have some time in the lime light, but this is going to be something even the likes of Health Ledger has never witnessed.
In other news the world still turns. There’s a revolution taking place in Iran, a genocide still going on in Africa, and Sarah Palin is friggin’ PISSED at David Letterman.
But there are indeed some good things that will come out of this tragedy. For example, the news media’s ratings will soar in the coming weeks. Coincidentally, I plan to use Michael Jackson’s death to promote my blog, Project Groupthink. If you came here looking for a Jackson montage (or a nipple-slip or two) you’re in the wrong place. But if you’ve come here for daily kick-ass content, philosophical musings, and lively debate then do pop your head in and say “hi”.
R.I.P Michael Jackson, you will be missed by many.