Bigger than Jesus, indeed

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I can’t believe I’m doing another post about Michael Jackson, but a reader sent this along and I had to share.

Go about 1 minute, 35 seconds into this interview of Jackson family spokesman Ken Sunshine by the Today show’s Meredith Veira to see it, but here’s what he says:

Talk about a worldwide figure of love. MJ is the biggest figure and person emitting love … ever!

And what does Meredith Veira say in response? Nothing. This is a woman who last week went out of her way to inexplicably trash the outfit of one of her guests — and yet she doesn’t have the journalistic chops to ask whether, say, Jesus, or Mother Teresa, or Nelson Mandela, or SOMEBODY, might be a worldwide figure of love more than The Gloved One?

So bizarre.

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  • rq

    It seems that just a few years ago, it would seem some children didn’t appreciate Jackson’s “love.” This aspect of his life seems mostly absent from the recent coverage of S. Miguel del Guante Enjoyado.

  • Julia

    Contrast that with the absolute fits thrown when John Lennon said the Beatles were more popular than Jesus. He wasn’t saying it’s right; he were just saying a likely truth considering the times and got big time grief for it.

  • Bern

    Oh, folks, the guy’s a PR man for heaven’s sake–if MV had asked him a serious question, what kind of answer would Mr. Sunshine (luv that name) have given? Really!

  • http://www.nhreligion.com Stephen A.

    I’m willing to cut the guy some slack, and not just because he, like me, is a PR guy. He misspoke, or perhaps didn’t even do that – he was expressing grand sentiments and got carried away.

    I know that’s how some Christians probably heard it, but had the phrase “Bigger than Jesus” actually come up, I’m sure even jaded, celeb-interviewer MV would have raised an eyebrow, knowing that SOME in her audience would take offense.

    But he didn’t, and she didn’t.

    The nature of celebrity and the near-religious devotion it engenders is definitely a great topic for some enterprising journalist(s). Where are these articles?

    I’m not sure he’s right about the higher level of adulation that would have been given to Elvis and John Lennon had they died in the Internet Age. Tens of thousands spontaneously showed up at the doors of Graceland and the Dakota based on radio, TV and word of mouth. No texting required.