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New York Congressman Blasts Jackson as Pervert

Say What? Lawmaker Blasts US For Glorifying Perverted MJ


"He was a pervert, a child molester; he was a pedophile. And to be giving this much coverage to him, day in and day out, what does it say about us as a country? I just think we're too politically correct."

New York congressman Peter King (no relation to the king of pop) blasted society's glorification of the late Michael Jackson. King conceded that Michael Jackson "may have been a good singer" and "did some dancing" — but he maintained that in the end, there's nothing good to say about the controversial entertainer.


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Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
We could not confirm him as a pedophile in court so you can't really call him that without putting alleged in front of it. Yes the coverage is a little old but When John Lennon died, I am sure that people got sick of coverage of him too. We spent soo much time in the last decade vilifying him that we forgot about some of the better thing he did like his charity work for AIDS and famine relief.
redchick152 redchick152 8 years
its always a shock when such a public figure suddenly dies.
lovelie lovelie 8 years
I think that this Congressman is extremely disrespectful and inflammatory. All opinions aside regarding MJ, he just died...pick a more appropriate time to spew your venom. Clearly, we are not "too" poltically correct, as so eloquently demonstrated by this individual.
gaulearnedimp gaulearnedimp 8 years
Also, totally seconding what Phil said.
gaulearnedimp gaulearnedimp 8 years
I think it says more about us that we mourn the death of a stranger as much as much as (or more than) we mourn the deaths of people we know.
merie33 merie33 8 years
I agree with alyssa and the senator. Maybe what he said was a bit harsh, but this overexposure about him now is just obnoxious. Three weeks ago barely anyone gave two sh*ts about him because he was such a freak. Now that he died he's the greatest musician of all time. It's ridiculous. He was talented. But like lemamike said, that Michael Jackson has been gone for awhile now. Let it go. He died. So do thousands of innocent people, who don't squander their fortune and live in some alternate fantasy, do everyday. No one is crying for them. America has some serious moral evaluating to do if this is the thing that gets shoved to the top of the news stories and stays there for days on end.
zuke zuke 8 years
HoneyBrown, I would like to say that not everybody loved Michael Jackson either, and he never even ran a country or helped children with AIDS. He wrote some great music, but that was a long time ago. He became a freak and I am sick of hearing about him. You clearly don't speak for every American either.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 8 years
Alyssa, what exactly has Princess Di done for you? Nothing. She married into the English royal family, did some charity work, and died. Also, as for Ronald Reagan, he wasn't loved by everyone; yet, we had to watch endless coverage about him. Granted, he was president and all, but he wasn't loved by all. So, suck it up and deal. Also, you clearly don't speak for every American.
Alyssa9986 Alyssa9986 8 years
I COMPLETELY second this. It's incredibly disgusting that as a nation, we've pretty much shunned our backs on this man due to the fact that he was a (probable) pedophile and all-around creep, yet suddenly when he keels over (sorry) he's somehow synonymous with Ronald Reagan or Princess D. Makes no sense to me. Granted he was incredibly talented and an amazing performer, but Jesus Christ! I worry for America.
cg130 cg130 8 years
Plus, I'm sick to death of hearing about him, day in and day out.
cg130 cg130 8 years
He did have a definite effect on music, but like lemamike said, that MJ is gone, and the recent one was full of a weird darkness that should also be remembered.
Phil Phil 8 years
He was innovative. I wouldn't call him brilliant, but he was innovative. His music was catchy, he broke some barriers, and he's an important figure in our cultural history. But, does that excuse him from the negative things that he's done? Yes, he had an unfortunate relationship with his father, but just because there's a reason for his madness, does that excuse him from his actions? Dangling his child over a balcony, nearly dropping the child? Significant child molestation charges? What I'm more concerned about is that television news, a media outlet that millions of people rely on as a primary news source (unfortunate as that may be), is spending so much time on Michael Jackson's death. The deaths of Farrah Fawcett, Ed McMahon--almost forgotten now. Civil unrest in Iran--almost forgotten. Honduran coup--underreported, despite civil unrest and violent military intervention. Uighur uprising in China--underreported, despite civil unrest and violent military intervention. ACES--underreported, despite being a historically significant bill, love it or hate it. There's a strong reason for this--when Michael Jackson died, CNN's ratings shot up ~400 percent. What I'm concerned about is news that is controlled by ratings points, and in turn controlled by advertising revenue (which is itself a larger, terribly significant problem of the news media, and one reason why ACES is underreported). My television is currently turned on to CNN and the headline on the bottom the screen reads: "New Developments 'OMG, OMG I've Got Tickets,'" and a person being interviewed by a "reporter on the scene" questioning the person about her being a selected recipient of the golden ticket to Michael Jackson's memorial service. Meanwhile, real news is going on, marginalized by the over-representation of entertainment news.
lemamike lemamike 8 years
I guess I am pretty indifferent to the whole thing. Yes, he changed music and he has been so influential as an artist. But, I believe the Michael Jackson everyone is mourning is long gone. The 1982- Thriller Michael Jackson died long ago and he was never going to be the person we all have of him in our minds.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
Sorry, didn't know the exact wording to use (forgive my ignorance, runningesq, and others). Never said that he did molest or whatever, just said he was an unusual person (from my pov, by the way). I didn't even know how many families tried file lawsuit against him, I just heard of those 2 instances. Was in a hurry, and yes, checking into my daily sugar is like what I always do just b4 I have to run out to do errands.
jennaboa jennaboa 8 years
He was acquitted of the 2nd charge (and settled the 1st one) but I really don't know what's going within his world. The second family filed as a civil matter, didn't they? That's why there was a settlement.
French-Kiss French-Kiss 8 years
Well, as christin said, we are quite not sure of what he did. I just wanted to say that, we must all admit he had made great things in music and dance, and we comemorate his amazing talent. However i'm tired to hear about him every day, every where -_-
runningesq runningesq 8 years
He was acquitted of the 2nd charge (and settled the 1st one) but I really don't know what's going within his world. You can't settle in criminal court. From what I remember, he was found not guilty (which doesn't mean he didn't commit the crime - it means that the state didn't prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt) --- but he paid out $25 million in the civil case.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
I love Michael Jackson's music as much as the next person, but we aren't truly honoring his life if we don't recognize his many deep, dark flaws also. sure, Peter King may sound like an idiot, but he does raise a very valid point.
jennaboa jennaboa 8 years
"May have been a good singer" and "did some dancing." Ha. They need this guy as a judge on American Idol next season. He'd give Simon a run on the nasty judging. We'll probably never know what happened between MJ and those kids but his behavior reads as inappropriate and his choosing to settle instead of fight against the second set of charges seems to speak badly of his actions as well. Why settle if you are innocent? Sorry, if I were accused of pedophilia, I'd fight it tooth and nail, not settle for 13 million dollars, and I'm sure King feels the same way, hence his accusation. Just saying it's a pedophilia charge, not a speeding ticket -- such things shouldn't be dismissiblejust because money is thrown at them. That said, MJ was a brilliant artist, bringing much to dance and music and it shouldn't be a surprise that people want to celebrate the good he did instead of the bad he has been accused of. It isn't so strange a thing.
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 8 years
He just said that to get press for his campaign.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
while i dont think he was a pedophile, i do however think he acted inappropriately with children, and i agree that the coverage on him is getting old, thank goodness his memorial is tomorrow and it can start to go away.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
He was acquitted of the 2nd charge (and settled the 1st one) but I really don't know what's going within his world. He was an odd bird, let's just say that. But I will give him credit as credit due, he was a great entertainer when he was alive. I know how the media kept reporting everything with MJ in the past week as 'breaking news' LOL, but I was just talking to my M-I-L the other day, she said this happened during Elvis Presley's death as well. The whole week and some they can't stop talking about him on tv, so hey.
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
The guy is making assumptions. We don't know if MJ was a child molester. I am taking a guess and saying he was not. He was just a guy who had a rough life, and was completely misunderstood. He was not convicted. People give him attention because he was a great entertainer. He deserves the respect he is getting. Everyone has their own opinion, and my thing is innocent until proven guilty.
JCP0240 JCP0240 8 years
No one deny's that MJ was an odd person. And no one really knows what happened between Michael and the children except for them. One thing that is absolute is that he changed the world with his music, dancing, music videos, and fashion.
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