Michael Jackson’s CorpseSeptember 28, 2011
The trial of Dr Conrad Murray, the man entrusted with the health of Michael Jackson and now facing a charge of involuntary manslaughter, started this week. Apparently, the court had the dubious pleasure of looking at an image of the dead King of Pop on a hospital bed. A less dignified appearance you could only imagine. I thought it was a bit tacky, but left it there. Until I trawled t’internet last night for information on another subject and saw the picture, as big and as bold as you like, on the Daily Mail website. They declared shock and outrage yet saw fit to show us just how shocking this picture really was. I was not impressed.
I rapidly clicked away, but not because I’m squeamish about dead people. I’ve seen bodies before and I have photos, emailed to me by friends and relatives, of their dearly departed, who never look quite like they did, because whatever it was that made them… well… them had long since gone. I clicked away because it was put up purely to pander to the ghoul in all us and to sell more papers. I wanted no part of it. But it got worse, because the next day, that picture was on the front page of almost every paper. Even my daily free London paper, the Metro, where I find most of my sillier stories had it on their front page. It was torn off, sharpish.
No one, bar the more fanatical Jackson fans, who believe he’s bigger than Jesus, would say he was looking well in the last few years of his life, so his corpse certainly wasn’t going to be a looker. They didn’t have to show it and we didn’t need to see it. Give him some dignity, for crying out loud.
The man is still a freak show for our entertainment and probably will be for many years to come. Poor bastard.