Thursday, June 25, 2009


Two notorious icons of the popular culture went the way of all flesh today. In other words . . . they turned into cadavers!

Their names are Michael Jackson, and Farrah Fawcett-Majors.

I am writing about this in order to make clear, for the record, that neither of these people touched my life at all, in any way whatsoever. They meant absolutely nothing to me.

I never gave a rip about either Michael Jackson, or Farrah Fawcett-Majors. So now that I've established that I never gave a rip, let them RIP. ;)



Blogger Jared said...

I've got to disagree a little. I couldn't care less about Fawcett, but Jackson's yet another example of how a man once accused of a sex crime will never be free of that acusation, regardless of being found innocent.
(Though it doesn't help that he looks creepier than a room full of photos with the eyes scratched out)

5:46 PM  
Blogger Mareika said...

Okie Dokie then.

12:53 AM  
Anonymous Porky said...

I have to agree with Jared, Jackson is indeed an example of how the mud sticks regardless of what the Jury says. As for Farrah Fawcett, i loved the scene in that Richard Gere movie where she gets naked in a fountain.

3:24 AM  
Anonymous Michael said...

It's a cruel and weird psychological mechanism at work here that MJ somehow only could redeem himself by dying. I mean, up to yesterday morning, who would have bought a Michael Jackson-CD without fearing getting brandmarked for bad taste or worse. You know the stories. And now look at the Top 100 at The first 15 CDs of the Amazon Top 100 currently are MJ CDs ... Think of him what you want, but our society is as least as crazy as Mr. Jackson. That's why we have no right to judge him or his life.

3:01 PM  
Blogger Fidelbogen said...

"That's why we have no right to judge him or his life."

Hmmm. Well, I might venture just a twitch of judgment when I picture MJ dangling the baby over the rail. Not the 'done' thing, after all . . . ;)

(Or does THAT action, too, mirror something in the collective mind?)

As for the rest: I shudder to think of MJ as a poster boy for wrongly accused men. :(

5:58 AM  
Blogger Mareika said...

MJ was weird. OJ was weird too. And FF I don't get.

F, why did MJ want to be white? I think he looked just fine black/dark skinned/coloured. Not sure of the PC term.

Gosh, white people are lucky in one respect. There is only one word for white.

8:13 PM  
Blogger Fidelbogen said...

"F, why did MJ want to be white?"

I have absolutely no idea. Probably ought to ask him. Ooops, that is no longer possible!

"Black" sounds PC enough. In case you give a rip. . . ;)

"There is only one word for white."

Actually, there is another word: Caucasian.

10:17 PM  
Blogger Fidelbogen said...


Interesting discourse on words that you submitted just now! :)

1:51 AM  
Blogger Mareika said...

@F: Yes, they were interesting. My mind is in a funny place right now. Too much study, me thinks.

Thanks for using yours. (mind)

2:05 AM  
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5:52 PM  
Blogger The Archivist said...

I know this is insensitive, but when I heard of both deaths, my first thought was:

The bleached and the blonde.

Yes, MJ was one of the poster children for false accusations, but with his prediliction for hanging out with young kids and his bizarre lifestyle - not to mention the money, he was just setting himself up for some kind of charges/lawsuit.

E. Steven Berkimer

9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jared, while many men are unfairly targeted and/or stigmatized, Jackson brought it all on himself. He invited everything through his fascination, which seemed from the outside to be a fetish, with chilren and childhood. If you want to be a big star, fine, but then you have to actually project an image and the one he projected was just plain creepy. BTW, he wasn't declared innocent, he was acquitted. In comparison, the Duke Lacrosse boys were actually declared by the judge to be innocent and not merely acquitted....acquittal can mean "we can't prove anything"...being declared innocent means that a judge says that you didn't do it.

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever the judgment on Jackson's creepiness, I think he presented pedophilic tendencies that would never have been tolerated in a lower status man, and that makes him a very rare object of calm speculation rather than the usual expeditions into disgust and blood-lust.

For what it's worth, it seems to me that Jackson was out working at the coal-face while other kids were enjoying innocent, care-free childhoods, and he was forced to labour under the whip of his ambitious father (mother too?).

Who knows what sort of resentment this would cause in a child growing up, but he couldn't help but notice that he was being deprived of something everyone else took for granted - something great riches might have whispered into his ear 'you're rich and famous now, you can have anything you want'. And he chose to reclaim his childhood.

As weird as I found his outward appearance, his life-style and even his music (I was never a fan of his), I can't help but see him as a tragic figure. The fighting over his bones that's going on now shows how thoroughly alien the world he lived in was to most of us, and he was unfortunate to be born into it.

9:28 PM  

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