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Someone Offers a Contrary Jackson View

The last month has seen a veritable hagiography of Michael Jackson, a man who was turned from laughing stock into misunderstood musical saint overnight by virtue of a tragically early death. You’d have been hard pressed to hear any criticism of the man outside sick joke websites, but someone has come out with a contrary view, and it’s an actor. Rupert Everett told the Daily Mirror: "I think it was fortuitous that he died. He was supposed to be doing 50 concerts in London. It wouldn't have mattered how good or bad he was. He wouldn't have managed to do them all and the press would have destroyed him." So far, so polite, but then he adds "He was a freak. He looked like a character from 'Shrek'. He was a black to white minstrel.” Everett then seems to reel things back with "He personified the pain anxiety of a black man in a slave country. We all watched as he changed from black to white. He was living performance art." Presumably Everett won’t be invited to the next memorial show. Meanwhile, something was certainly triggered by Jackson’s death, as he’s now sold over nine million albums since he died and leading US media companies are offering tens of millions for rehearsal footage.

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