Friday, June 26, 2009

Cashing In

The powerful lion has been long respected as the king of the jungle. Many animals scamper away at the sound of its roar. Birds take flight at the first sighting of its presence. There will come a time when this predator of predators will succumb to age, to lay down to take its final breath. At death, scavenging vultures will sweep on to feed on the carcass.

Michael Jackson (MJ) is not a lion, but as far as the pop music scene is concerned, he is a superstar icon that all other stars respect. Like other animals respecting the powerful lion, music stars from the Entertainment industry respected this mighty legend. As the world mourns the death of Michael Jackson, others cash in on his death. Sales of Jackson's albums and memorabilia at spiking at many Internet sites. Even in this gloomy economy, shops hawk products unashamedly using MJ's name. Some news reports show MJ as a victimized rich man constantly milked by people around him. Others paint his obsession over image. Some however stand to make lots of money off this personality. MJ passed away yesterday at the age of 50. From the looks of it, opportunistic 'vultures' are cashing in, devouring everything. Is this the price for fame and fortune? Or is it more shame and misfortune?

My advice: Take the time to mourn, yes; But for those who try to cash in, ease up. MJ may be a superstar, but let us not hype him up so much as to forget that he too, like us is human.
"So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." (Matthew 7:12)


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