Ben P. 
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Re: “O'Sullivan

Ms. O'Sullivan, please keep in mind that all of your irrefutable 'evidence' against Michael Jackson is little more than tabloid rumor. What bothers me is that so many people will take rumor and hearsay about a celebrity and accept it as fact. We do know that Michael Jackson was unusual due to growing up in unusual circumstances. We do know that the prosecution in the 2005 trial was a sham, a clearly, and poorly executed attempt at extortion. The rest is just speculation. How does this leave you with such moral certainty about who Michael Jackson was? This goes along with illogical claim that all celebrity trials are the same, and all celebrities are found innocent simply because they are rich. This is clearly not true if you examine them on a case to case basis. The evidence overwhelmingly pointed towards O.J. being guilty, yet he was judged innocent. MJ was judged innocent as well, but this time for good reason, as anyone that paid attention to what actually happened in the trial can tell you. Let's stop propagating tabloid myth, that has made celebrity even larger than life than before, as a major blight on our culture of simplistic judgement. Perhaps if we saw celebrities as the simple humans they are, with complex problems magnified by their monitarily complicated lives, we could learn something, and then turn our attention to more important subjects.

Ms. O'Sullivan, please keep in mind that your insticts towards moral superiority are not always right - I'd appreciate more nuanced columns from someone that has a pedestal to speak from, such as yours.

Posted by Ben P. on 07/25/2009 at 1:52 PM

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