Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Santa Barbara, bye-bye.

I'm sipping coffee and bloggin' on my way out of Santa Barbara. I hope Michael Jackson gets a fair and speedy trial. I'll be honest. I'm a parent and an adult. I've made a life for myself in which there's a lot of laughter and happiness. I've had a hero or two and I've respected the artistic efforts of many people. That being said, I have a strong dislike of the fanatics who keep showing up for these hearings. I understand the love they have of the man and his music, but I don't like the fanatical devotion they're showing towards him. I don't like the singleminded acceptance that what he's about is all fairytale goodness and asexual innocence. Growing up doesn't diminish my capacity for love. Moving past my childhood doesn't close the door to happiness and it just seems that the message he sends is one of irresponsible gratification as a way to make up for the childhood he never had. As a parent, I want to raise children to be happy adults who will enjoy everything life has to offer. Even though he claims he'd never harm a child, I think the picture he paints does great harm to children and to society.

I don't know if he's guilty of molesting young boys, but I do feel that he's guilty of encouraging people to live their lives vicariously through him. I think he's guilty of encouraging people to live in a fantasy world, instead of being responsible for leading lives which will make the real world better.

If you want to support him, fine. I just know there are people on this planet who need the support more than Michael Jackson. Trust me, he's put away a few bucks through the years. If you don't show up at the courthouse waving banners and screaming his name, I think he'll be okay.

Oh, and I wouldn't be surprised if he skips town. More than one person at the courthouse was joking about Michael Jackson learning French.

17 comments:

magz said...

right arm brother bri! 100% dead on... rally great post! perhaps, in a perfectly just world, he might be found guilty, convicted, and end up cellies with charlie manson, where they could live out endless fantasy lives. i cant wait for the playboy interview....

Deanna said...

Nicely done beFrank... if we could only splash the pictures of people that really need some support on TV's and newspapers, they might some relief in their lives...not this fool...oh.. and Magz... you beat me to the post... well put, as only you can say it!

Lisa said...

I hope he gets a fair and speedy trial to just get it over with. The fans clustering around him make me sick. I think Michael is a freak, to tell you the truth, and I do not understand the mystique one bit.

That being said, he deserves to be treated no worse or better than anyone else. Give him a trial, put him in jail if he deserves it, and stop drawing attention to him.

JMO

beFrank said...

I'd be happy to stop driving to Santa Maria. I just need enough people to stop watching the news when he's on. Actually, just call the station and tell them you want to see more real news.

(I don't mean car chases!)

Grace said...

wow
very well written
I agree 100% ( ya' know that is rare)
and yeah, seems more than likely that he'll pull a Roman Polanski (flight)
I am not so diplomatic though....parental bias, regardless of the posters I had of MJ in my bedroom when I was growing up (prince was there too) propels me to add:
on gut instinct alone, I would not leave him alone with any child, ever!
It's possible that one day he will be charged internationally as well as in the U.S. (Brazil)
I wonder about his baby mamma....his "biological" white children? has anyone looked closely at that scene?
Can a wealthy enough pedaphile create his very OWN victims of incest?

Grace said...

..seems like a lot could be investigated there. god bless the people who investigate and folks like you who inform...40 years ago, this would not be in the news at all.
T
p.s. hows R. Kelly these days?

Grace said...

wow
very well written
I agree 100% ( ya' know that is rare)
and yeah, seems more than likely that he'll pull a Roman Polanski (flight)
I am not so diplomatic though....parental bias, regardless of the posters I had of MJ in my bedroom when I was growing up (prince was there too) propels me to add:
on gut instinct alone, I would not leave him alone with any child, ever!
It's possible that one day he will be charged internationally as well as in the U.S. (Brazil)
I wonder about his baby mamma....his "biological" white children? has anyone looked closely at that scene?
Can a wealthy enough pedaphile create his very OWN victims of incest?

Archaeopteryx said...

You know, While I am not a Jackson Fan I am also not close minded and preju8dgeing him as it seems most of the media seems to be. I think the question is why any parents would be stupid enough to let their child go over to his house and sleep in a grown mans bed room.. specially considering previouse "scandals"...

planetary said...

Today was a very interesting blog because for once I have something serious to say (stop laughing!) It is one thing to say that Micheal Jackson promotes a certain lifestyle; I agree 1 billion percent. The problem, as you so brilliantly put, is people. People have a problem of constantly proving to be weak-willed psycophants whom faint when spoken to by a person they call idol. We constantly fall short of the standard we profess to live by. We look to blame others for what we don't have and curse the one's who've attained what we seek. What I am saying is that we are all at fault for this situation for we constantly drink the cup of information we call news. I'm not saying news is bad, just how we react. I just feel that ignorance is taken for granted. Has knowing everything the second after it happened made our lives easier? I know, Micheal Jackson. But don't we, in some ways, act like those around that courthouse?

G. Travis said...

I couldn't have said it better than you. =)

Michelle said...

Hi Bryan,
i couldn't agree more with everyone else on here. I will add however as one who's research and work largely revolves around sexual predators and child victims that where there is smoke, there's fire. Kids don't make up this stuff, and just because some one is not convicted doesn't mean they have not comitted a crime. Its because there is not enough hard evidence to go to trial with. The most scary thing i ever saw was an interview done with Jackson not too long after all this came out. When asked if he thought having kids sleeping in bed with him was wrong, his answer was "no not all, i find it perfectly normal,as a child i used to do it".
Most sex offenders come from a background where they themselves have been abused.
Like the other posts, i too am at a loss of why parents would leave their kids alone with him, why staff never spoke up etc.
Sex offenders never admit that they abuse kids. They believe what they are doing is a sign of affection.
My predicition for Jacko.........yeah it will go to trial, he'll be granted bail ( it will be huge, hopefully aving to hand in his passport) and i think he'll be found not guilty :(

gemmak said...

Another truly excellent piece from the keyboard of beFrank!

I have pondered over the MJ case and somehow could never quite formulate an opinion and put into words what I felt........you just did it for me!

Lisa said...

What I don't get is why millions of dollars bought him out of a criminal trial last time. I would think if someone accused someone else of sexual assault, the legal system should pick that person up and charge them whether or not the person decides to press charges.

I would say that accepting millions of dollars in a settlement is quite tempting, but morally reprehensible if the charges are legit. Why allow someone you believe is a sexual preditor to prey on other people's kids?

beFrank said...

Archaeopteryx- I welcome views other than mine, but I prefer you wouldn't make such a sweeping generalization of "the media". In what way has the media prejudged? The attention the case has garnered is solely based on the popularity of the defendant. My opinions are my own and I don't claim my blog as a source for unbiased news. If "most" media is guilty of prejudging Michael Jackson, it shouldn't be hard to support your statement.

It's not a game to me. It's not a nudge-nudge, wink-wink we have no opinion situation. The reports that I have seen have ALL been on the facts. I haven't seen every report. I can't even say, I've seen most reports. Of the reports I've seen, every one has been on the facts of the story.

I have seen people take exception to the wording of a story. Some fans have taken offense at the way a sentence is phrased, but to claim that most media is prejudiced against Michael Jackson? Thank you for your opinion, but don't you think we have our hands full destroying the republican party?

Lisa said...

lol... remind me to never get on your bad side. ;-)

beFrank said...

Sorry, no media bashing.

Feel free to point out actual mistakes.

beFrank said...

Thanks gemmak and everyone else. I appreciate the encouragement. It helps restore my faith in people to hear that common sense is still alive and well.