I’ll be damn if the Gawker blog isn’t right. Last week was the week when everybody died.
The most shocking was the death of Michael Jackson. At The Daily Beat, Mike Breen asked the interesting question if it’s possible to separate an artist’s personality and deeds from their creative work. In Michael Jackson’s case, I say yes.
Jackson was a master showman – an artist that we won’t see the likes of again. As far as his personality, I think it’s pretty clear he was a strange guy, but I for one never thought he was a pedophile. Sure he liked kids, but hell – he was a kid himself. I don’t think Jackson ever had a chance to really grow up. During that “blackmail” trail a few years back, I felt sorry for him. For so much of his life, I simply think he was used and I wish his life could have been happier.
I think Jackson’s doctor has some explaining to do. The Sun reported last week that Jackson was on a daily, deadly drug cocktail. Why do some doctors think that drugs are the answer to everything?
Also last Thursday, we lost Farrah Fawcett. The Examiner gives us a nice snapshot of her life.
Sure, I remember “Charlie’s Angels,” that poster, that David Letterman appearance and some of her bad movies – but I also remember in her later career, she proved she was actually a pretty good actor. She was certainly too young to die at 62.
Ed McMahon wasn’t that young. He also died last week at the age of 86. The Associated Press is reporting that NBC will host an untelevised event to celebrate the life of Johnny Carson’s longtime sidekick.
In the world of blogs, many of us were sad to hear that Lindsay Beyerstein over at the Majikthise blog lost her grandmother Christine. She was 95-years-old.
In keeping with the theme of death, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford’s political career is dead or it should be. Last week, Crooks and Liars told us he apologized to his staff for telling all his lies and for thinking with his third leg and for banging someone other than his wife. While stating how sorry he was, Sanford was constantly referencing words from the Bible.
Yeah, bring Jesus into it to make people think you’re a swell guy. I hope people in the great state of South Carolina and his staff can see through this bullshit. Come reelection, kick his horny ass out of office.
Speaking of bullshit, know who Rush Limbaugh is blaming for this Sanford affair? President Obama. The Huffington Post gave us this silly report last week. Hey Rush, take another one of your prescription pills and just shut the hell up.
Finally in closing and getting back here locally to Cincinnati and also in keeping with our theme of death, The Cincinnati Nation reported last week that downtown continues to fail. After 141 years in operation, Bankhardt’s, that fine luggage and leather goods store on Fourth Street, has closed up. Also the Bankers Club, located at Fifth Third Center, after 63 years in business is now gone. What will be next? Perhaps. . . Arby’s?
Enough about death of any sort. Let’s all enjoy our Sunday.
(Photo of Michael Jackson from hotcelebrity.com and photo of Farrah Fawcett found on Google)