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all apologies

I may have been very flippant in my "reporting" on Michael Jackson's impending arrest yesterday, but the story itself is really a horrible one. Apparently, the boy who has accused Michael of molestation is a cancer survivor that was spending some time at Neverland as part of his wish (sort of like a make-a-wish thing) to meet Jackson. According to the boy, Jackson gave him wine and sleeping pills before molesting him. When Jackson realized the family was onto him, he tried to send them to South America.

You know all this already, of course. I'm sure I wasn't the only one watching the press conference yesterday and the news last night. My husband and I noticed that the tone of the conference was quite like bemusement. (Jeff Jarvis noticed this also).

It's one thing to be flippant here on my weblog, it's another to have that attitude when you are the man who is going to prosecute the case. That 12 year old is depending on the DA to bring him a sense of justice, and the DA is up at a podium making jokes.

Sexual abuse of children is not a laughing matter. I apologize if I offended anyone with my posts yesterday; I meant to only poke fun at a pop culture icon, not at the serious situation itself. The DA should apologize, as well the sheriff.


I think we are all just sort of laughing because we have known since the last time and possibly even before that, that something was wrong with the whole picture and no one was doing anything about it. I mean, if this were Mr. Joe Smith from down the block who had little boys sleeping over, he would have been arrested 15 years ago. But this is the King of pop. How do you prove that he is a molester or are people just out to take his money? They are saying on the news this morning that the DA put out a call for any other victims and they have been inundated with phone calls and emails. People are jumping on the bandwagon here.
I'm not saying that he didn't molest this kid and probably others but when you throw out a call like that, thousands are going to claim molestation too just to be part of a huge public lynching. The whole story is horribly sad.

Fox News has some more "gossipy" information:


I am told that the mother of the child involved will be held up to severe scrutiny. In fact, Jackson’s side will likely argue that when he tried to break off his involvement with helping the boy and his family financially, the mother became, and I am quoting a Jackson insider, “a scorned woman.”

“She’s very screwed up,” said one source. “There’s videotape of her acting weird, too. And Michael was very kind to her, even getting an apartment for her boyfriend.”

But the argument will be that when this woman, who is financially so dependent that she claimed to have lived in a barn, was told by Jackson’s people that the party was over, she ran to a lawyer to see what she could get out of it.


But as I wrote in this space yesterday, a lot of the evidence in the Jackson case will come down to videotape. There is lots of it, too, some of which may show the boy and his family singing the praises of Jackson, defending and explaining his odd lifestyle. If so, they will be hard-pressed to explain their own behavior now.

Ah well, let's see what the actual case looks like rather than media circus.

Whoops, more of that should be italicized as quotes from the story. Bad, Andy, bad.

I don't think there's any cause to apologize, Michele. Gallows humor is basically as old as human civilization, because it serves a very useful purpose. Of course child molestation is a horrible crime - nobody with half a brain really believes that you think otherwise. President Kennedy getting his brains blown out was likewise a horrible crime, but your post about the Dead Kennedys was still very funny.

As far as I'm concerned, people who are easily offended just need to work on becoming less easily offended.

You weren't making fun of the child, and as Miker notes, gallows humour doesn't mean that you don't treat serious situations seriously.

BTW, while I take the allegations seriously (despite their being none of my business) I kept thinking that Tom Sneddon looks like Milton Waddams from Office Space. Particularly during the news conference when he was tripping over himself and he would look up, little wisps of hair escaping, news cameras hitting his glasses and obscuring his eyes, and him incoherently trying to clarify charges, and all I could see or hear was:

And I said, I don't care if they lay me off either, because I told, I told Bill that if they move my desk one more time, then, then I'm, I'm quitting, I'm going to quit. And, and I told Don too, because they've moved my desk four times already this year, and I used to be over by the window, and I could see the squirrels, and they were merry, but then, they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn't bind up as much, and I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler and it's not okay because if they take my stapler then I'll set the building on fire.

Michele, they broke into the radio show i was listening to with that press conference. I heard it and, correct me if I'm wrong, but the only humor in that PC was when that peabrained reporter brought up the allegation that the search and arrest warrents were timed to interfere with Jackson's CD release. There was no levity prior to that, it was a sober and businesslike affair. When the shit-for-brains reporter brought that up the more intelligent (96 IQ) reporters started laughing.
Seirous subject. Serious initial statement. Serious questions and answers up 'til then. Serious questions and anwers after. I don't think the DA or Sheriff owes an apology, perhaps that reportr does.