Can I open my eyes now?
What an exploitative freak show that was! His poor kids were manipulated throughout their whole lives and it looks like that was just the beginning. And to think I adored Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five when I was 12. It was even apparent at that age that Michael Jackson was destined for greater (and regretably, lesser things). My whole room was covered in posters of Donny Osmond, Michael Jackson, David Cassidy. I bought every issue of Tiger Beat and answered every quiz and contest. “Could You Be Michael’s Secret Love?” “Are You the Key to Unlock Donny’s Heart”. I even drug my poor, suffering mother to see the Jackson Five (and the Partridge Family and the Osmonds) perform at the Hemisfair Arena in the mid 70’s.
How stupid and embarrassing my pre-teen adolation seems when I think about it now. But, hey, after seeing the gag fest in LA today, I’m not feeling quite so stupid anymore.