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Slowly, Slowly... [Mar. 5th, 2019|10:28 am]
Tony Grist
The mind of the planet takes a long, long time to change.

I checked what Wikipedia has to say about Michael Jackson- and it's still, basically treating him as a showbiz figure. The "allegations" are acknowledged but tacked onto adulatory paragraphs that reflect the publicity Jackson's people are still putting out- "King of Pop" and all that.

I predict that the emphasis will shift.

And eventually we'll look back and wonder how we ever allowed ourselves to be fooled by a man who did so very little to hide his predilections.

But will we be similarly taken in by the next guy who come along with a few nifty dance moves and a deep, deep love of children? I don't think so. It's painfully slow, but we're learning.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2019-03-05 02:10 pm (UTC)
I guess Gary Glitter was case which was admired and celebrated during the heights of his career, and then he got sentenced for a criminal case out of the blue, just like that.

For MJ, it will rather remain a mystery that he took with him into his grave whether there is something true about the pedophilia allegations of not.
It could also very well be that he was a closeted asexual - and as this attribute is relatively new, it leaves a lot of target space in case of celebreties which have always been and lived this way.
So to say, if nobody ever saw you with a woman or man, it'll raise suspicion in that sector. Because people simply assume "eveyone's sexual, everyone aims for a relationship - it can't be someone doesn't want any of this".
Especially the deeply Puritan US culture got this quirk going on with it.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-03-05 03:38 pm (UTC)
I think the evidence against Jackson is pretty overwhelming.
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2019-03-06 07:35 am (UTC)
It is odd, but I seem to have a pervert detector. When I first went to the UK back in the 70s, Jim'll Fix It was still on the telly. I took one look at him and thought, "What a creep. How can he be so loved?" Michael Jackson gave me the willies from the start as well and for years, I was telling people something was wrong with that person. I guess I should change my name to Cassandra.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-03-06 08:21 am (UTC)
I think we accepted Savile because he was there- and fronting some very popular programmes- but I don't think he was ever loved. The mystery was how he got there in the first place. It's not as if he had any great talent. He didn't sing, he wasn't funny. I'm still waiting for the book or film that will explain him to us.
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