Jul 7, 2009

Call Me Judgmental...

... but no matter how talented somebody is, no matter how much they changed the face of some cultural phenomenon, no matter how many barriers they burst through, pedophilia pretty much takes things, for me, out of the realm of acceptable icon (of any kind.) I don't care about surgeries, sexual preference, (amongst consenting adults) race, heck I'm a pretty relative thinker when it comes to artistry, even. But pedophilia?

I'm sorry. In the eyes of this mother, unforgivable.

I guess I could celebrate the life before the crimes. I could celebrate the icon as many would like to remember him.

I'll try to do that. But I won't pretend it doesn't really, really bother me. Apparently in this country you can do anything you want and if you have 20 million to pay a settlement, people will forgive you.

10 comments:

Putz said...

what to really believe no surf....i guess now i should keep my mouth shhhhhuuuuuttttttt....so i will, but i am in trouble with tony again...i said one more blog would not kill me but it did...read putz if you DARE

Putz said...

wow that was fun, as my fare thee well speech, my last hrrah and you say that was fun...you make me laugh....i tried in 10 negative politically on fire topics do my swan's song and you say that was fun...how come you are blogging, aren't you traveling????

Anonymous said...

I thought people are innocent until proven guilty.

NoSurfGirl said...

Anonymous... you're right, they are. But the overwhelming evidence is there. And the fact he paid a 20 million settlement doesn't do much for the situation, either. If he's innocent, I wish he would have fought in court. Instead he settled, making himself look guilty and setting himself up as a not-so-good role model.

David L said...

My mother once talked about pedophilia in these terms: Innocent or not, the accusation and reasons for accusation still exist. Therefore, *my* children will not go over to that house. It's just not worth the risk.

MJ may indeed be innocent, but then again so was OJ, right? Personally, I don't believe either of them really was, and as a father, *my* kids would never be caught anywhere near either of them.

Cameron said...

He actually did go to trial from another accusation in 2003ish and was found not guilty.

But there's no chance I would ever let my kids hang out with him.

merrilykaroly said...

judgmental!!!!

just kidding. personally, I think that the hooplah people make about any rockstar is way over the top. I know he was big in his time, but it's been a while, and I can't believe how big of a deal his death was to everyone. maybe that's rude. sorry. I think America idolizes the wrong people.

NoSurfGirl said...

Yes... he did go to trial for the one count, but for the next he settled out of court. Siiiigh.....

I am judgmental when it comes to pedophilia. This I will have to accept about myself :)

Hayley said...

never listened to his music by my own will. he meant nothing to me for this very reason. for some reason that's not okay. Yeah, he has a grieving daughter, but most parents who die leave behind mourning loved ones.

the debate whether he is guilty is almost as passionate as prop 8 or something. im staying neutral.

and props to you for writing this.

Hannah said...

Honestly, I don't believe he did it. Would I let my kids be alone with him? No ... but there are VERY few men or women I would let my kids be alone with. I think he was probably set up by that lady from the beginning ... What mother would accept $20 million knowing a pedophile is still out there possibly hurting other children? Maybe he was blinded by his sad past. As far as his music and dancing ... he will always be the King of Pop. Can you tell I'm an MJ fan??? However, there are a couple of his songs and videos I think are not appropriate. Did I cry about his death? No. In some ways, I think of it as a release from his miserable (real ... not what the public saw) life.