When I was complaining about the MJ coverage being filled with a lot of hearsay, fourth-hand information, rumor-mongering, controversy rehashing and general assholey-ness the case of Michael Jackson’s father, Joe Jackson, was part of that horrendous coverage of which I abhorred.
As many of us know, Michael Jackson had very little to do with his abusive father as an adult and Joe seems hellbent on showing the world just exactly why. From giving Geraldo interviews about how his son is now worth more dead than alive to shilling his record company and DVDs in interviews on CNN. Classy guy, that asshole. All class. No, I love my son, I miss my son, I wish I had a better relationship with my son, just “He’s dead now! I can make money off him again! Hooray!” Um … no. Sad and tacky.
The Blu-Ray plugging comes in at about the 3:20 mark, but the whole thing is completely cringe-worthy right from the start and doesn’t stop until the very end. To his credit, Don Lemon maintained his composure throughout the interview and resisted what must have been an overwhelming urge to grab Jackson, slap him across his face a few times and shake him vigorously while screaming, “What the hell is wrong with you old man!” (Gawker)
As if this weren’t gawd awful enough, MSNBC has bought the rights to the documentary “Living With Michael Jackson” where the pop star is made to look like a creepy-deepy pedophile and it’s already in heavy rotation. I mean, if that’s a tribute, color me bewildered. I’m just going to go watch people die on the streets of Tehran for awhile. I just don’t have the stomach for the Joe Jackson and the Grave Robbers routine that’s going on the networks right now.