Sunday, October 9, 2011

Murder Trial? Or Exploitation? Sunday Journal #1

Michael Jackson

I don't wish to alienate those who enjoyed Michael Jackson's music, or even his celebrity.  I listened to Jackson on the airwaves since he was a youngster (and, incidentally, so was I). I was not a  fan, although I enjoyed one or two of his recordings (like "Human Nature"); but I understand that it is hard to lose someone who provided pleasure through music or any other kind of performance or artistic endeavor. (To me, for instance, Heath Ledger's sudden death and the resulting loss of his potential, were tragic.)

Jackson had talent, and stardom at a young age.  His cult-worship today, however, seems totally out of sync with his contribution to art or music, or even culture.

Now, over two years after his untimely death, his absence is still unsettling to many people. Among them there is a lack of closure; and so there is some need to place blame elsewhere, rather than to accept the idea that perhaps Mr. Jackson made some unfortunate health decisions of his own, which contributed to his hastened demise.

And so we have another "trial of the century" in which prosecutors are seeking to identify a culprit.  

What offends me about the case of Dr. Conrad Murray is that it seems to have been "styled" like a reality show reminiscent of O.J. Simpson's 1994 murder trial, which was a media bonanza.  The purveyors of this new media circus have found a way to continue to exploit and profit from Jackson's fame, with this manufactured "event".

If Jackson were not so popular--or eccentric-- this "case" would appeal to very few, certainly not enough to warrant the coverage it is receiving...if it were tried at all.  

Does anyone else think Murray's trial is being programmed and orchestrated to remind "audiences" of the Simpson trial?   

Dr. Conrad Murray tried for Involuntary Manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson (2011)...
Michael Jackson trial hears never-before-heard Conrad Murray police interview

O.J Simpson on trial for the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson (1994)...

1 comment:

  1. Definitely agree that but for Michael's popularity this case might not even have been tried. I wish they'd just let him rest in peace.