Good Morning Gentle Readers,
It turns out Judge Roberts was right. In more ways than one:
On April 30, 1984, Roberts wrote to oppose a presidential award that was to have been given to (Michael) Jackson for his efforts against drunk driving. Roberts particularly objected to award wording that described Jackson as an "outstanding example" for American youth.
The Gloved One's efforts apparently didn't extend to drunk children. Ouch.....see disclaimer.
The ususal suspects are making considerable hay out of this excerpt from the letter to Ronald Reagan in which he wrote:
If one wants the youth of America and the world sashaying around in garish sequined costumes, hair dripping with pomade, body shot full of female hormones to prevent voice change, mono-gloved, well, then, I suppose 'Michael,' as he is affectionately known in the trade, is in fact a good example.
What Roberts was actually against was celebrity worship from the Oval Office, which he correctly noted would be perceived as SHALLOW....
Quite apart from the problem of appearing to endorse Jackson's androgynous life style, a Presidential award would be perceived as a shallow effort by the President to share in the constant publicity surrounding Jackson. . . . The whole episode would, in my view, be demeaning to the President.
Six months before he dissed Jackson, Roberts chided the president for his remarks honoring John Wayne
On Oct. 3, 1983, two months after opposing a Reagan remembrance of Bing Crosby, he wrote to oppose presidential remarks praising John Wayne as the epitome of American values:
"I am . . . somewhat troubled by the absence of a consistent policy governing our willingness to permit the President to participate in these private, commercial tributes. . . . I think we are seeing evidence of what we often say will happen when we deny requests for Presidential endorsements of charitable efforts: once you do one it becomes impossible to turn down countless others. I know there's only one John Wayne -- but there's only one Bob Hope, James Bond, Bing Crosby, etc. etc. etc."
Only one James Bond?
As Ever, TWC
tip of the glass to Drudge
Washington Post story excerpted above here.
Disclaimer: TWC agrees that Mr. Jackson is a talented performer but you all can have my share of his records, concert seats, and screwy lifestyle. Is he guilty of the charges he was acquitted of? Likely. Will the nutball parents be ordered to stand tall for child neglect, contributing, or child endangerment? Doubt.