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Fallen Idols

Dave Randall

Posted on January 31, 2019 22:03

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The apples of our eyes are often a speck.

As human beings, we are challenged every time a celebrity or charismatic presence turns out to be not just imperfect or fallible, but something far worse: a monster. There is, initially, the shock and disappointment. For way too many, there is rigid denial, foolish disbelief of one's senses.

Not being a psychologist, I cannot accurately put a finger on what disorder of the psyche causes a person to continue believing in and supporting a star they've idolized, following disclosures, after crushing evidence is fully on display. 

If you exclude the world of politics, the most recent displays of this head-shaking tendency to defend the indefensible, surround revelations about singers like R. Kelly and the late Michael Jackson. Kelly's predilection for underage girls has been talked about for a quarter century. After the Lifetime limited-series Surviving R. Kelly aired, most of the world learned of his alleged behavior with girls the law perceives as children. Now, there are talks of investigations, and Sony Records has ended their relationship with him.

As for Jackson, acquitted in the '90s on child molestation charges, the catalyst has been the documentary, Leaving Neverland. Two young men who had previously spoken up in Jackson's defense now charge that, as children, the singer allegedly molested them regularly. When the movie debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, there were protesters there, the Michael fanatics defending their idol, dead these ten years come June 25th. 

It's a lot to chew on. Celebrities are often the targets of crazies. Frightening, deranged fans who cannot seem to help themselves, and pose a danger to famous people (consider the truly scary threats against Taylor Swift). The less threatening can get mesmerized by the aura of greatness. This is how the innocent get lured into the orbit of a predator.

Kelly is alive and well. It's his word against a steady stream of young women who've had their lives changed forever. I get the impression Jackson's public image will always be surrounded by a human moat of blind naivete. The power of his celebrity, the deep impact of his music will not allow otherwise clear-thinking people to consider that it's never okay for a grown man, no matter who he is, no matter how emotionally stunted, to have children in his bed.

In life, pointing out M.J.'s peculiar demeanor, his eccentricities, was a fool's errand. I once did so, in the early 1980s, and had a young woman named Estella to tell me I was envious of his celebrity and insinuated I was tearing down what I couldn't be. I weathered insult while pointing out what was obvious, but offered kindness in return. I wonder if Estella, now probably a protective young grandparent to young children, would deign to see the flaw in her hero? Does anyone? Do fans of Bill Cosby continue to not see what a jury saw? 

Admiration is as old as the human ability to think. But so is reason.

   

Dave Randall

Posted on January 31, 2019 22:03

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Don’t come after Lady GaGa (or anyone) like this!!! Especially when you’ve allegedly got no moral ground to stand on,...

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