Thursday, June 25, 2009

What a weird day. Two celebrities die -- one great and one not-so-great -- and the news media loses its collective mind.

I get some of the shock over the death of Michael Jackson. It wasn't expected, and for more than a decade, he was the most amazing musician and entertainer on the planet. Some people say Thriller is one of the top five albums of all time. I don't know about that -- hell, I liked Off The Wall better.

Unfortunately, Jackson's life in the last 15-20 years has pretty much wiped that slate clean for me. Is there much doubt the man was into some seriously disturbed shit? I mean, you can draw a pretty strong conclusion about a guy who dangled his own child off a balcony.

CNN was actually stopping people in Times Square to get reactions to Jackson's death. I would have said, "Wow, when did you guys become E! Network? Isn't North Korea building a nuclear arsenal right now, you gits?"

As for Farrah Fawcett, has anyone gotten farther on a stiff nipple? Sure, she was beautiful, but so are lots of other people. Fawcett was an awful actress, "Charlie's Angels" was an awful show, and she never got any better.

Are we all going to go mental when Jaclyn Smith passes away? Christ, at least she had a line of clothing at K-Mart.

It's a pretty strong statement about the state of the media when this stuff dominates all day long. And you know when I'm really going to be pissed off? When Stephen Hawking dies and it gets a passing mention on The Situation Room."