Thursday, July 2, 2009

Can I get an "Amen" on Overkill?

Is this just me? Or did anyone else scream at the sight of Matt Lauer on The Today Show this morning, standing in Michael Jackson's kitchen with his (Michael's) two dogs? I mean, yes, Michael's passing was sad, he lived a very tragic life (even in the classical, Greek sense of the word, not just the overused "News at Five!" sense in which everything is a tragedy). I was a big fan of The Jackson Five growing up, still break into song at times. He was adorable and grew into an incredibly talented solo artist.

Then he went nuts. With the plastic surgery and lifestyle and dancing on top of his lawyer's car last fall.

So, yes, his death at age 50 was sad. But a week's worth of mourning and retrospectives and headlines? Please. That was the entire Today show today. After the "dog scene" mentioned above, I flipped to Good Morning America only to be greeted with the breathless news that "Coming up, a look inside the King of Pop's Bathroom!"

No thank you very much. I don't really want to see inside anybody's bathroom.

Is it just me? Has my curmudgeonly nature completely taken over? Or can I get an "Amen" to letting people die in peace and giving them and their loved ones some privacy?

Me, I'm off to read the paper and drink coffee on my front porch.


Janet said...

I'm a curmudgeon right along with you then, if that's what it is.

Katie said...

Judy, I think of our AP discussion about usage of the word "tragedy" all the time. Talk about overkill. Thanks for being such a phenomenal teacher.

Judy Merrill Larsen said...

Thanks, Janet, it's nice to know I'm not alone!

Hey, Katie--how great to hear from you! Yes, as I was writing this post I remembered our "tragedy" discussions. I still miss that 5th hour class. You all made it very easy for me to seem "phenomenal".

Daisy said...

I keep thinking of the sadness. MJ was a brilliant and talented musician, but his personal failings and struggles to make up for his lack of childhood made for such a sad adult life. I feel for the family - his brothers, sisters, parents, and his children.

Carleen Brice said...

Did you ever join up on Facebook?