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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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Mar. 17th, 2005 03:43 am (UTC)
The renactment stuff is really quite amusing - its because due to the OJ Simpson stuff, the judge didn't want to make a circus in the courtroom and banned filming of the case. Gpd forbid the media should miss out on the "Trial of the Century"*

"Amusingly I heard someone refer to the OJ Simpson trial as last century's Trial of the Century ti John Saffron who then politely, yet mockingly, reminded said journalist of the Nuremburg trials.
Mar. 17th, 2005 06:47 am (UTC)
them nuremberg trials were nothing when compared to that glove scene, i tells you.
Mar. 17th, 2005 06:49 am (UTC)
Well.. sure .. the glove being the wrong size and having the wrong DNA and who could forget the car chase - best car cashe in a motion picture, I mean news footage.
Mar. 17th, 2005 06:51 am (UTC)
and lets not forget simpson's buddy, the one who ratted him out for a moment of fame. what an asshole he was. you don't get many movie villians like him. i mean people.
Mar. 17th, 2005 06:54 am (UTC)
and there was his wife who was doing it with their accountant. gee soap operas, i mean life can get complicated.
Mar. 17th, 2005 06:57 am (UTC)
and lets not forget jackie chiles... waitaminute, that was a seinfeld episode...
Mar. 17th, 2005 06:21 am (UTC)
Yeah, we actually caught an episode of the re-enactment when we were down in Melbourne. It was kinda scary. For the first half-hour or so, we didn't realize it wasn't the real trial and were wondering why and how they could be broadcasting it.

It is, afterall, a "news" station (although I use the term loosely), and so you expect to be seeing "news" on it (and again, I use the term loosely).

Mar. 17th, 2005 06:48 am (UTC)
i've never seen an episode. i keep meaning too, just out of curiousity, but i forget, or ten minutes later tell myself i shouldn't watch it out of some sort of principle i can't properly identify.
Mar. 17th, 2005 10:43 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's one of way too many things in society today that is like a train wreck. You don't want to look, but somehow you can't turn away.

My husband and I have both caught each other watching a few minutes of Jerry Springer in a bad moment too... you know, you're at home with the flu feeling pretty delirious, with some time to kill.... so you turn on Jerry and watch some guy tell his girlfriend that he actually used to be a girl but is now a guy and is also dating her brother. Hmmmm..

But seriously, that only happens when you're quite delirious with fever. The thing on Sky with Michael Jackson's not quite as bad, actually.
Mar. 17th, 2005 11:57 am (UTC)
yeah, but the thing on sky is a bit more wrong than jerry. jerry's just trash. the sky thing is just as nasty addition to news being sensationalised. i mean, i saw a bit of fox news today. have you ever seen that? it's like the world is an action film.
Mar. 17th, 2005 11:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, funny thing about that....

My husband was reading me an article in Playboy recently... I think it was an interview with Kid Rock. His views on war were interesting, having been over to Iraq.

He said something about how he wishes that it was mandatory for people to go over and see what it's like in a REAL war, because it's nothing like what you see on TV with all the sensationalism, and then the good guy just miraculously wins, and it's very sobering.

It's true... everything they put on TV/film is not as it really is, and it would be very disconcerting if we realized to just what extent it's "enhanced".

Mar. 18th, 2005 06:10 am (UTC)
kid rock has opinions?

heh. anyhow, do you know, that midget that use to be with him is apparently dead. at least that's what i heard, and you never seen the guy around...

the problem with tv and war, i think, is that there has to be a good guy and a bad guy, whereas in truth, there's no such thing. and if you were going to say one side was good and bad, then the invaders are usually the bad guys.
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