Judge This: Rep. King Calls Michael Jackson A “Pervert” And A “Lowlife” Michael Jackson

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NY Congressman Peter King repeatedly calls Michael Jackson a pervert and a child molester and says the media has disgraced itself and there is “nothing good about this guy.”  We argues instead of honoring Michael Jackson we should glorify the men and women in the armed forces, those working with dying cancer patients and in AIDS clinics, and teachers working in really rough neighborhoods.

What do you think?  Does Michael Jackson deserve so much honor in death?  Do you ever feel ambivalent about enjoying his music given all the accusations surrounding him and the unorthodox behavior he has outright owned up to?

Is it right to honor him so much as a pop star when in the end he became such an unadmirable human being in many ways?  Or does Rep. King not understand simple respect for the recently departed?

Don Lemon for one has a drastically different take:

Michael Jackson is an accidental civil rights leader, an accidental pioneer. He broke ground and barriers in so many different realms in artistry, in pictures, in movies, in music, you name it. So, no, I don’t think it’s overkill.

What do You Think?

About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.


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