Over five weeks since the news of Michael Jackson’s death, I was up today a total of 20 minutes before I saw the first MJ-related story (CNN). Flipping, I passed two more, settling briefly on the Today Show’s interview of Jackson’s personal chef.
That’s right, his chef. I didn’t dwell on it and post no transcripts. I can’t tell you what MJ ate, how much or how often. But thanks to NBC, others can.
There’s little solace to be found in having predicted the Tidal Wave of continuous coverage on the heels of what to some is America’s greatest tragedy. It was like predicting that a 12-year old boy would eventually become preoccupied with sex.
Long-form reports and exposes continue to probe every facet of MJ’s unique gifts and lifestyle. What’s next? We need to hear from his pets.
What kind of pet owner was Michael Jackson? Did he persistently pet his pets? Was he a loving, thoughtful owner? Did he sleep with them? How many pets did he have? Was he prone to discipline them or did he delegate their care to professionals? Did he feed them table scraps? Did he teach them tricks? Did he perform or practice in front of them?
How one treats animals can tell you a lot about who they are. Adolph Hitler, for instance, was a fierce pet advocate. He hated to see animals suffer. Especially dogs. He kept mice in his room. Had it not been for his other pesky personality peccadilloes, you know, the ethnic cleansing thing, the misogyny and the genocide, perhaps Hitlers love of animals could be a mildly redemptive trait. Nobody’s perfect.
We know MJ loved animals. He sang to a rat. He rescued a chimp. It gives me a lump in my throat. Yet as much coverage as Michael’s animal love has received, there are NO pet interviews. All we have are touching photo-ops and fluff pieces. Were these really pets or mere props? What was he hiding? We deserve to know…straight from the horse’s mouth, if you will.
Where is the media on this? With this post, I suggest, no I demand that this lapse in coverage be corrected. Media, be responsible. Summon your best instincts. Be true to your calling. Do the legwork. Bring the public “Michael Jackson-The Pet Interviews.” We deserve it.