RIP, Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett

by Karoli on June 26, 2009 · 6 comments

rough around the edges

It’s hard to believe they’re both gone in the same day. Michael Jackson’s passing is, of course, the more shocking of the two. I had the sense that recent interviews Ryan O’Neill gave were gestures that the end was coming, and that he was tipping us all off that Farrah didn’t have much time left.

It hurts a little to see the press constantly refer to her as an 80′s sex symbol, as though those piercing eyes of hers and finely-honed features were only valuable when viewed in the context of a Charlie’s Angels episode. Farrah’s finest work was The Burning Bed, all the more shocking because she shed the sex symbol image to tell a horrifying story of abuse. If she is remembered for anything, it should be that work. It was a masterpiece.

Michael Jackson’s birthdate is 5 days after mine. We grew up together, sort of. I never believed he was a child molester, though it was clear that he had grown more and more eccentric, imprisoned in his idea of a childhood lost. And damn…he made some amazing music throughout his career. His dance moves captivated my kids…Sticks still does a mean moonwalk.

MSNBC’s coverage of Michael Jackson tonight gave the distinct impression that prescription drugs continued to be a problem in his life, and that they may have been a factor in his death. I hope not. In some ways, I’d just like to think it was time for him to go, and so, he did.

Already, the press coverage has been an exercise in overkill. It’s not my intention to add to that, but at the same time, the passing of two entertainers who are hallmarks of my time and age seemed to be something I didn’t want to overlook.

The old saw about entertainers dying in groups of three seems to still hold. Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson…completely different genres and generations, yet all great in their time.

  • http://www.coffeefiltertv.com Kyle Sellers

    That man was unmatched at what he did. His influence is one of the few that will last many decades, possibly centuries, after he is gone. While not a fan of Michael Jackson the man, Michael Jackson the artist was a legend to me.

    I just wish he'd been able to pull his life together years ago… I can't help but feel that as amazing as he was, he still had more to offer but never had the chance.

  • http://www.coffeefiltertv.com Kyle Sellers

    That man was unmatched at what he did. His influence is one of the few that will last many decades, possibly centuries, after he is gone. While not a fan of Michael Jackson the man, Michael Jackson the artist was a legend to me.

    I just wish he'd been able to pull his life together years ago… I can't help but feel that as amazing as he was, he still had more to offer but never had the chance.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Linda-Goin/1586948835 Linda Goin

    Beautiful image, ditto on the thoughts. MJ's death, since it was unexpected, took me back to my first remembered experience with celebrity death – Jimi Hendrix. Then, a month later, my idol Janis Joplin died. I think her death, more than any other, taught me that life is precious and that it's easy to waste.

    I'm happy that Farrah and MJ had much more time on earth than Jimi and Janis. I'm sad that they're gone, but they left us with some fine examples of extraordinary talent and expertise.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Linda-Goin/1586948835 Linda Goin

    Beautiful image, ditto on the thoughts. MJ's death, since it was unexpected, took me back to my first remembered experience with celebrity death – Jimi Hendrix. Then, a month later, my idol Janis Joplin died. I think her death, more than any other, taught me that life is precious and that it's easy to waste.

    I'm happy that Farrah and MJ had much more time on earth than Jimi and Janis. I'm sad that they're gone, but they left us with some fine examples of extraordinary talent and expertise.

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