I'm gonna throw my hat in the ring on this topic because with four down (Ed McMahan, Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, Billy Mays) it seems like there might be a plague upon the entertainment world! And apparently bad things come in threes, so should we be expecting two more...?
First point I'd like to make is how unfortunate it is that Michael Jackson died the same day as Farrah Fawcett. Do you remember when Mother Teresa died? No? That's because it was five days after the death of Princess Diana. And her death was much more publicized. Now, I'm not comparing Farrah Fawcett to Mother Teresa... just saying.
How about Groucho Marx? He was a comedy legend, but he passed away a mere 3 days after Elvis Presley. Who do you think got more press? So, it's unfortunate when an iconic figure dies, but is overshadowed by the death of a "more famous" person.
My second point is about the huge difference in how people are talking about Michael Jackson. You go from seeing story after story that detail the legacy of his music, of his fame, of his mega superstardom. Then, you read comments people have posted online about how they don't understand why we would be honoring a pedophile.
Well, I don't know if he was a pedophile or not- no one invited me to that party. Do I think he was troubled? Yes. He didn't have a childhood. He was forced into the spotlight, worked his little feet off and had a jerk of a father. That would leave any adult with issues! So, perhaps since he didn't have a childhood, he was stuck in a little boy phase when he could finally have one as an adult.
I was never a fan of his just because he seemed creepy and his music was a little over the top for me. Sure, I like Billie Jean, Thriller, I mean, I am human. But for the most part, I wasn't a fan. But, I am defending him because he was found innocent and you have to admit the guy was probably messed up in the head. (But I do believe OJ was guilty- so being found innocent isn't always a guarantee you really are innocent!)
Anyway, that's my two cents! Hope it was worth your while!