Monday, July 06, 2009

The Apotheosis of Michael Jackson

The media event of the century...
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Al Sharpton was in Los Angeles Sunday preaching on Michael Jackson's contribution to the Civil Rights cause - according to the Rev., Oprah wouldn't be the success she is without Michael. He was also accusing Jackson's detractors - anyone in the press who brought up all the scandals in their coverage - as being racist and hate-filled. In death Michael is being rehabilitated and mythologized beyond all imagining. Sharpton:
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The Rev. Al Sharpton has delivered a sermon in Los Angeles where he called for nationwide "love vigils" for Michael Jackson on Tuesday.
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The civil rights activist addressed congregants at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church on Sunday.
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Sharpton is urging people to gather in schools, community centers and churches to honor Jackson on Tuesday, when a public memorial service will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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My biggest surprise yet regarding the eulogies piling up in honor of Jackson came from Vox Nova with the most over-the-top post I have ever read on that blog: Michael Jackson: The Man in the Mirror.
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Reflecting on the 1980s and early 1990s, one labors to imagine a more heroic episode in history’s hard march against tyranny. Liberty sprang up amidst a near bloodless convulsion, and took a daring but peaceful step forward. It was in the intensity of this revolutionary fervor that the artistry of Michael Jackson towered as a beacon of light for those struggling to be free. - Gerald Campbell
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I will never again be embarrassed about anything I post on my blog.
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6 comments:

  1. I shiver to think about all the accolades that are being bestowed upon this one man ... in some very real way it is frightening and speaks much about our fallen nature ... as do the glorifying honors and hype around the election towards a particular candidate ... very disordered.

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  2. That Vox Nova part was pretty funny. And that was written with a straight face?

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  3. I thought it wss satirical at first - but it's serious.

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  4. I just read the entire post and all the comments - for Catholics, they sure seem hep on all the popular culture stuff. And their adulation of MJ is mildly disturbing, to say the least.

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  5. Larry - I agree - it is bizarre.

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  6. I also posted on Mj at VN, lest this be the only thing considered coming from there... here it is: http://vox-nova.com/2009/07/11/another-quixote-what-michael-jackson-means-to-me/

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