March 17th, 2005


Michael Jackson Re-enactment.

I've no interest in the Michael Jackson trial, but the media circus around it is amazing.* I saw an commercial that promised to keep me up to date on what the King of Pop was wearing in court. But the true fucked up thing for the trial is the Sky News re-enactments of that day in the court. Take this media release for example:

E! Entertainment Television and Sky have cast Los Angeles-based Michael Jackson impersonator Edward Moss to star in their upcoming courtroom reenactments.

Moss has appeared as Jackson on stage, on television and in films. He has appeared on MadTV, Politically Incorrect, The Steve Harvey Show and Nip/Tuck.

"Edward Moss brings experience and skill to the role of Michael Jackson," said Jeff Shore, the senior VP of production at E! Networks. "All the components of our production, from casting to the recreation of the courtroom set, will be vital to our re-enactment series of The Michael Jackson Trial, which we believe will be one of the most memorable court cases in history."

Simon Bucks, Sky's associate editor, added, "As well as having a striking resemblance to Michael Jackson, Edward also has the acting ability to accurately portray him on a daily basis for Sky News and Sky One."

Used to be that this sort of thing was for comedians. I mean, how can you even make a satire of this? This is the satire.

Guilty, innocent... I don't care. Jackson's clearly has some sort of issue going on for a while, his mental stage slowly appearing in tattered scraps the way his body disappears, and career wise, he's at the end of his rope. It's mental institutions or infamy OJ Simpson style once this is done. Maybe both.
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