Originally posted by FMF
I would have thought this kind of comment belonged on a thread about the shortcomings of "Newsreels" in your view or one about "The tragic story of the Russian aircraft crash in the Black Sea" rather than one commemorating the death of George Michael.
At first I was disappointed at your response FMF but my fault - perhaps I should explain myself a little better.
George Michael was extraordinary - a great singer, a great writer, outstanding stage presence and overall, a 24 carat gold-plated, fur-lined, triple-'A' rated, ocean-going icon. Personally (not that it matters) I was never a big fan, but that's just personal taste and I can recognise class. And George was pure class.
But like a lot of 'greats' in the industry he was flawed. We all knew how and why because the press reminded us at every opportunity, because stories and grubby 'revelations' sell papers all day long, don't they?
Today, newsreels from Sky and BBC alike have had a field day with endless reminders of (on the one hand) his genius and on the other, his indiscretions. The most tasteless aspect of this style of reporting is that it all seems so seamlessly pre-prepared. As if this day has been expected for some time.
It'll roll on, too - along with the self-indulgent and equally tasteless 'mourning sickness' which seems so fashionable these days when a major celebrity dies. And tomorrow it will be the turn of the tabloids.
George Michael was also a very private bloke over the last 5 years or so. I don't think he would have approved of all this coverage. It's disproportionate, tacky and disrespectful.
...Awaiting a rain of 'thumbs down' now