The Ugly Portrayal of a Great Man…

November 8, 2009

So I read today that on Friday (6th November 2009), the renound con artist Derek Acorah is going to attempt a ‘séance’ in which he will speak to the recently deceased legend of pop Michael Jackson.


Now I’m a man who knows just how stupid the idea of the psychic is. Of course people cannot read minds. Of course people don’t get ‘energies’ from objects. And forgod sake, don’t tell me you can move a table simply by touching it?

But I’m not going to go into that rant (I suspect I’ll leave that for another time!) Instead, I just wished to express my disgust for this totally disrespectful act.

Michael Jackson was a superb showman, who sung some of the best pop records of all time. He will be remembered for being a superbly talented individual, who had his problems (not to mention the law suits.) However, no matter what the result was, that’s not what he’ll be remembered for.

So what’s the best thing to do in this situation? Of course the corporate machine was going to get hold of this, hence the release of the new film “This is it”. Now personally I haven’t seen it, so I won’t comment as to the potential level of tastelessness this may show. But to give a primetime hour slot on one of the best TV channels in the UK to a man who will pretend to be possessed by the spirit of Michael is quite frankly repulsive.

How can you possibly justify allowing this to be broadcast? If I’m being honest I don’t believe psychic ability should encouraged on TV at all, as all it seems to do is justify falsehood. But to do it with a man with which millions of people are still mourning and paying their respects to, who showed the world just how to put on a stage show, who wrote songs as timeless as time itself, is beyond me.

I won’t be watching it (I don’t actually have a television in my room if I’m being honest), but if you want to I would do it with a real understanding of its ugly portrayal of a great man. How anyone can bring themselves to do it is beyond me.


One comment

  1. Well said sir. Couldn’t have put it better myself!

    There was a similar shambles on twitter, where the claimed to hold a seance… http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/twitter/6469186/Tweance-the-Twitter-seance-contacts-Michael-Jackson-and-Kurt-Cobain.html

    It’s a disgusting exploitation – of uninformed readers, of the culture of celebrity achievement, of the internet as a forum for communicating information. The whole thing is a pathetic, leeching scam, abusing those who can’t defend themselves. And the worst part is, it has to be supported by at least some of the general public. This is supposed to be an age of education for all, of science and progress, and yet we still suffer this bullshit dragging us down.

    Infuriating! Glad to see some people still retain that uncommon thing – common sense.

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