The jury is deliberating Michael Jackson's (search) fate. For those of you with a good memory, you'll recall I have predicted he will be found guilty and he will go to jail. I have also wondered out loud if Michael Jackson can survive jail. Frankly, I have my doubts.
But if he goes to the clink, I do wish him well, encourage him to actually eat and maybe drop by the weight pile to see if he can come out looking more like Mike Tyson than Michael Jackson.
When I was a mere youth, I worked in the music business. I was the director of something or other at Atlantic Records and I learned some valuable lessons about recording artists.
First, if you like their music, listen and be happy. Don't try to go farther. People are always disappointed when they meet their famous star idols. They sing, they play guitar — they're good at that. They're probably dull as dirt otherwise.
Second, stars are nuts. This explains the Michael Jackson case. Why did he think he could go on TV and say he sleeps with boys and thinks it is a good thing? Because he's out of his mind.
He's had so much money and has been so insulated from real life for so long, he has no idea how the world really works, what people really think of him and how the law functions.
He was probably most shocked to find out that because he said it's good to sleep with boys, that it really wasn't so and the law had something to say about it.
Of course, I know there's a difference between saying it and doing it. But that's what the trial is about.
Michael Jackson is the ultimate version of a fairly common rock story: Money plus adulation plus bobble head doll "yes men" plus the idea I can do whatever I want equals disaster, jail, early death.
I got sick of it early. I left the music business over 30 years ago. Part of the reason was the kind of stuff we see going on in Jackson. I'm not surprised it's still happening 30 years later.
The whole set up is designed to produce situations Michael Jackson is in now.
Notice the "yes men" aren't sitting next to him at the defendant's table? If this goes bad, he's going to have to take this fall all by himself.
That's My Word.
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