The more respectful approach…

Michael Jackson final2
©mørland/the times

This seemed like the more suitable way of commenting on Michael Jackson’s passing, compared to dark humour of the idea below. The joke made me chuckle in the midst of all the frenzied reporting this morning, but that probably makes me a bad person, and I’d rather not admit to being a bad person to more than the handful of people reading this blog!

When the world gathers for one of these collective discharges of utterly disproportionate grief and frivolous adoration, it’s sometimes better to go along respectfully.
Better for your email inbox anyway!
I did not particularly want to do a “RIP cartoon”, with him moonwalking up to heaven or joining Elvis and James Brown in some divine orchestra (I bet you there will be a few of those!). Still, it was natural to take a somberish look on events, rather than lightly mock the manner of his departure.
Considering the media coverage today, satire undoubtedly has a place, but probably directed at everyone but Michael Jackson.

Robin Gibb probably summed up things the best today, with this quote to the BBC:

This tragedy should teach us a lesson to value and praise those gifts while we still have them in the world. If even a small portion of the praise that is bestowed on Michael Jackson now in death was given to him last year in life, he might well still be with us. That is the sad truth.


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2 Responses to “The more respectful approach…”

  1. Adams Says:

    Excellent. A success on an exceedingly difficult subject. Telegraph Political Desk agree. (I chickened out, and just avoided it from the start…)

  2. Morten Says:

    That’s very good of you to say, Christian. You didn’t chicken out though, did you? There was a reference there, and I thought it worked very well! Funny gag!

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