* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Well, that's the gist of my sermon for the day, but I must add two footnotes.
(a.) Two commentators, one in a newspaper and one in a national magazine, responded to the Michael Jackson affair by saying how saddened they were by it all, but adding that Michael Jackson was a "genius". I can ony respond that if he, in their estimation, is a genius, then their bar for what is genius must be set very low.
(b.) It is interesting how accuations of child abuse, as perpetrated by well-know people, are handled differently by the press depending on who the accused is. I do not believe any media outlet in New Zealand expressed sympathy for Cardinal George Pell, convicted of sexual molestation of minors; but the commentary on Michael Jackson was much more ambiguous, with some saying how sad it was that such a "genius" was apparently guilty. And then, of course, there were diehard Jackson fans who said they were going to boycott the "Leaving Neverland" documentary by having marathon sessions watching Michael Jackson videos at the time the documentary screened. This is very much like children putting fingers in their ears and shouting "Nya Nya! Nya Nya! Not listening" when something they don't want to hear is being said.