Some years ago, there was a disturbing rumor of a television personality who had to be admitted to a hospital emergency room . I will spare you the tawdry details- but, it had something to do with the bizarre placement of a gerbil.
News of that story, spread like wildfire, via television newsrooms via water-cooler gossip. And this was before, Twitter, Facebook and the “insta-news” of tabloid journalism.
Speculations are like those uncared for gerbils. And when , they are spun out of control, It is hard to tell what is fact and what is fiction.
Last week, a tabloid television show, Extra-TV, aired a segment that questioned Michael Jackson’s sexuality. Those questions, have been around for years. And despite the fact, Michael had stated over and over and over and over and over and over....... that he was not gay. The media, fueled on speculation and gossip, pretended not to hear the denials.
Michael Jackson’s fans are fiercely protective of Michael. We have watched as speculation and gossip tormented him throughout his life.
So, this type of accusation was not new. We had heard it all before. And, we knew, immediately, IT WAS A LIE. A gerbil, with an agenda, to tarnish MJ’s legacy.
This attack on his integrity, seemed particularly nasty and seemed particularly intentional . MJ’s fans reacted, immediately - The fans had HAD ENOUGH!.
The fan’s outrage was based on a simple and pure desire : to protect a man ,who is no longer here to defend himself.
It is, not that Michael Jackson’s fans are “homophobic.” As some have naively suggested.
Let’s be clear, most of Michael’s fan base- could give a rats ass or in this case, a gerbil’s ass, if he were gay or not.
Many of the fans, just wanted Michael Jackson to find happiness.
Yes, Michael is the King of Pop, he is an icon, a legendary philanthropist...but what the fans wanted to protect, was that Michael Jackson, was a human being , a man - who deserves respect.
With that said, some in the Michael Jackson fan base are also guilty of wild speculation about this and other aspects in Michael’s life.
Some of it is innocent and nothing more than idle curiosity . But some fans are guilty of outrageous speculation , so much that unknowingly, they are helping Conrad Murray. "Some of the fans might as well, head on down to Murray’s defense attorney’s office and pull up a chair."
It is dangerous, it is irresponsible speculation and most importantly, not worthy of Michael Jackson. And it needs, to stop NOW!.
But let’s get back to what worked, last week, - The Fans of Michael Jackson Rocked EXTRA-TV
Most of the fan base behaved spectacularly, they turned their rage into responsible action. They organized their rage and “Spoke truth to Power”- they went onto Facebook and Twitter- and let the world, know “ We will no longer allow you to assault the legacy of Michael Jackson” .
The fans called corporate sponsors and threatened a boycott. And, the sponsors of EXTRA-TV- heard the fans, LOUD AND CLEAR! The remaining EXTRA-TV segments were canceled and one sponsor issued a statement to the fans : “We regret your feelings about the program. We did not sponsor the segment and do not explicitly endorse its content...Del Monte Foods”
A reporter from EXTRA-TV responded to the threats of a boycott: “we did not run a follow-up piece, because of the fan's reaction. we listened. Please give us a try again sometime. All the best, Extra.”
Note to Extra-TV- not going to happen until, you get that crap off of your website!
For the “ Tabloid - 3- Arnie, Jason and Alicia”, you will be exposed as Liars! The truth will come out , about your real agenda (gerbils) . At some point, you will be forced to reveal - who was Jason’s real boyfriend - and the answer will NOT be Michael Jackson.
And you know it!
You will not be allowed to destroy Michael ‘s legacy to further your own ambition and careers!
Michael Jackson’s fans will not stop “Speaking Truth to Power”. We will not need violent threats to accomplish this.
Karma will take care of you!
"Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons....Michael Jackson”