by Pa Rock
I was zipping around the Internets this morning when I came across a tweet by Missouri's best senator, Claire McCaskill, in which she said that all of the media attention being paid to the death of Michael Jackson made her uncomfortable. As a social worker who has exposed and investigated many crimes against children, I couldn't agree more with the Senator's concern. Yes, he was an exceptional showman, musician, and innovator, but he was also a pedophile. Michael Jackson got his rocks off sleeping with little boys, and that fact should not be glossed over or ignored. It was a big part of who he was.
That is my view as a social worker, someone who has a professional and ethical commitment to do what it takes to protect children. But, as a consummate lefty, I also know that no one is born a pedophile. Michael was a star at an age when most children were playing games and developing the social skills necessary to become well adjusted adults. He missed out on most of what should have been a normal childhood, and spent the next forty years trying to recapture something that he had been denied.
Michael Jackson was a hell of an entertainer - and a sad human being.