How low can we go?

michael_jacksonThat is probably a question that I do not want an answer to.

I’ve spent a lot of time in Wal-mart and our local grocery store this week.  For whatever reason, I became completely incompetent at grocery shopping, and ended up going to one store or the other  And every day, I did what I always do: peruse the headlines and photos on the “gossip magazines” – OK!, The Examiner, The Enquirer, Globe, People, US Weekly, etc.  Usually, I’m bored, and the headlines and images take up about as much brain space as calculus did in high school – that is to say, it enters, bashes between synapses for a minute, then leaves without a trace.

But this week was different.  This week, I was assaulted by not one, but TWO sets of pictures that were obviously taken at Neverland Ranch.  One of them, the “death picture”,  was on OK! Magazine, and was apparently taken by someone in the room, or someone nearby, peeking through the window.  The other one was of paramedics carrying a dead Michael Jackson to the ambulance for transport.  I don’t remember which rag that one appeared on, but at least his body was covered, affording him a teeny bit of privacy during this most serious of moments.

Who does this?  Who sinks low enough to take that kind of picture, and worse, what publication thinks that it’s OK (pun intended) to publish that kind of violation of privacy?  (a bit of research says that Ok! Paid $500,000 for it!  HALF A MILLION DOLLARS for that picture!)

And yeah, I know Michael Jackson was a master of publicity, manipulating the press with just the right balance of weirdness and “leave me alone!” to keep his fans, and the public in general, constantly on the line.  But this definitely crosses that line.

Who would ever think that anyone – ANYONE – would want that kind of picture published?  I know that many of us take pictures that later may or may not have been a good idea.  Honestly, at what point did someone in that business hierarchy say, “This is a great idea!”, and even more important, why didn’t anyone say, “um, no… that’s over the line.”  Do NONE of those people have parents?  Because honestly, if I worked for that magazine, and my mother saw what I’d done?  You can BET that she’d have more than a few words to say about it.  My whole family would probably disown me.

Really, is this where we’ve sunk to?  Apparently, it is.  The question is, where do we go from here?  Is this finally rock bottom?  Or is there something more out there?  And do we really want to ask that question?

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15 Responses to How low can we go?

  1. Tony says:

    Seems there is no line these days, in the journalism world its a big free for all & who gives a damn about how it might affect peoples lives or feelings. All I can say is shame on them. Shame, shame, shame…..

  2. mssc54 says:

    There are so many different levels here.

    1. A person who looks at what THEY want.
    2. Greed satisfied at any cost (corporately and individually)
    3. Most people view other’s tragic demise as, “I am so much better than that” and they feel better about their failures.
    4. Society (in general) HAS sunk to an all time low and believe it or not WILL sink lower if WE, as a society, do not return to what our Country’s foundation began as.
    5. MOST PEOPLE view the problem with society as “them” or “they”, rarely “me”, or “I”.
    6. Until we (individually) are willing and able to be that proverbial salmon swimming upstream little will change.

    Change yourself to change your family. Change your family to change your community. Change your community to change our Country.

    Change takes hard work and who in the heck wants to work after dealing with life’s daily challenges?

    Deligently evaluating ourselves is key.


  3. LVISS says:


  4. starlaschat says:

    When there is money involved I don’t think there is a limit as far as how low people will go. I don’t think we have seen the bottom. It’s sad I think it is a lot about money and a shot like that sell magazines. Morbid curiosity, I think there was a time that people would respect peoples privacy especially with such a moment as in passing. Seems like everything is fair game now.

  5. nikki says:

    To some of these people it’s all about the $$$. With no regard for others feelings, they snap their cameras and collect the money! It’s sick. Now I understand the argument, they are celebs, they ask for it. Well MJ is dead, he is no longer asking for it. Give him and his family some respect! I don’t have TV right now, nor do I want it. It’s all people talk about, it’s all over the TV apparently and magazines. Paying tribute is great and very well deserved. He was the KING OF POP! If people want to think he was some child molester, or weirdo, whatever. I have my own opinion on that. But the man is gone now, he has children, family, let them be! I have no respect for people who glorify death of someone so special. If this is what they want to be known for well bravo! I think it’s sad and makes me sick. I don’t want to see a picture of him dead, or hear one more joke about him. I’m over it and I don’t even see it!

  6. javajunkee says:

    Look at TMZ..they pay a whole staff of people just to go around taking pictures and seeing if they can piss the stars off.
    First off I have little to no compassion for overpaid stars…that’s JMHO. When there are starving people in the USA along with the rest of the world and we pay people ungodly amounts of money to “entertain” …we have a problem.
    BUT..again if people would stop buying those magazines there would be no work for the sick bastards who will take pictures for anything for the right amount of money.

    we are a country of supply and demand. the people want stuff like that and there will always be some prick who is willing to “do the job”.

    I for one think it’s going to be a long time before we see anything else on the covers of those magazines..who can you think of that God forbid something happens to would overthrow the MJ thing? I can’t think of anybody!

  7. Joy says:

    I posted about this a while ago with that photo of Nicole Ritchie “reportedly sporting a “baby bump” and it looked like if she farted it would be gone. It made me feel so bad for her. That and all the young girls who were basically being told she was “fat.” I used to get 4 of these types of these mags and when it came time to renew, I didn’t. I am interested in the stars just like the next guy but not when it’s rumors and innuendo’s. I hate the meanness of it.

    This death photo stuff though really boils over my little pot. I just don’t understand who would want to see those. I mean the guy is dead. Like Nikki said, he has a family who are trying to mourn him. Leave them alone for heaven’s sake. He may have been Michael Jackson, King Of Pop to us but he was a father, brother, son and friend to many others and this is just wrong. IMHO.

  8. Joy says:

    In my humble opinion

  9. nikki says:

    Ohh ok thanks, learn something new everyday!

  10. SKL says:

    I think it ought to be illegal to sell photos of dead people. Like it’s illegal to disrespect a dead body (abuse of a corpse).

    I’m sure people bought those publications, and I guess that says it all. There are still a lot of people who would never buy such a thing.

    I also think it was disgusting the way they exploited MJ’s kids at the “memorial.” I didn’t watch it, but I was in an Applebees that evening and every time my eye wandered to the TV screen, they were showing that clip of Paris again. Our media is sick with a cancer and sometimes I wish the cancer was malignant enough to kill the organism altogether.

    • Joy says:

      I did watch the memorial but that’s all I did watch. I was interested in it and thought it would be the only “real” thing there would be. I agree with you, it should be illegal. How disrespectful.

  11. javajunkee says:

    my mom took pictures of my grandpa in his casket…holy crap she should have gone to work for one of the tabloids! What was she thinking. This was like 40 years ago or something…can you imagine the person developing the film?

  12. JavaQueen says:

    Double J, my mom {{this is a blog post in itself that I’ll have to write come to think of it}} ALWAYS has her camera on her. She took a pic of our dad in his casket also- She had asked me to organize her pics for her and I was riffling through and saw it and … and… gosh, BIZARRE! It didn’t even look like him to me, but it made me squirm a bit.

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