The Shocking Truth
If Facebook comments are to be believed, everyone is really shocked that Michael Jackson died today. But why should we be shocked? He didn't look so healthy, after all.
I think the real shock is simply the revelation that Michael Jackson, like the rest of us, was merely mortal. He wasn't either
A. a god,
B. some sort of humanoid/ robot, the successful result of autogenic dance moves involving skin grafts and a sparkling glove.
So, he was mortal, after all. It is shocking.
But what shocks me, actually, is not that Michael Jackson died today, but that Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Ed McMahon all died today. All of the icons of my childhood in one day! Who will give me unreasonable ideals of beauty, now? Who will show up at my door with balloons and a gigantic check? Who will make me wonder... well, a lot of things? I ask you, who?
Rest in peace.