While acknowledging that he was extremely talented, I’m actually not a particular fan of Michael Jackson and, frankly, his effete mannerisms give me hives. However, I also think it’s important that my hangups not be someone else’s problem.
Something is truly whacked in our society when I (a bit of a social conservative) have to be the one speaking up for whackadoodle eccentrics and the libertarian blog Instapundit, has as I type this 131 comments on the matter almost universally supportive of what appears to be a meritless hit piece.
It is crucial to the health of our culture that our society allow eccentric oddballs to exist. That was Michael Jackson’s REAL crime. He was a goofy loon who didn’t give a tinker’s damn about how the scolds and meangrrls thought he should comport himself. I think that he showed poor judgment at times and if there were actual proof of these allegations I’d be on board with digging up his grave and desecrating his corpse. But, there’s no proof and a lot of evidence to the contrary. Jackson’s good name is being sullied by a bunch of lying lampreys who are, in turn, being facilitated by a culture that has, even more than usual, become the implacable foe of zany bohemians.
And I’m sick of it.
Of course, if you think your hangups deserve to be respected, even honored, by everyone else, you’re wackier than Michael ever was.