Standard Mourning Procedure
So, Michael Jackson/Farrah Fawcett died on the 25th, and the world miraculously kept turning. It is always a shock when part of our cultural lexicon dissapears into the abyss, but it does force us to really evaluate what kind of difference the person made to all of us. There are few things in the world that I detest more than a botched goodbye, so this heavy-handed media response is making the whole grieving process rather.. ugly.
It seems as though the media has only a certain tolerance for the ‘death of the week’, which is why I feel for Farrah Fawcett’s family. Had she not been eclipsed in death by the Prince of Pop, she’d be getting the requisite soulless media worship that she is rightly entitled to. To be forgotten in death, because of Michael Jackson, no less, is a gross affront to a person’s dignity. I don’t think anybody should have that on their historical footnotes, is all.
Anyway, this comic (from Pictures for Sad Children) sums up that aforementioned media response quite succintly. Enjoy!