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This post was published more than 14 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 14 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 14 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

I can hardly believe I’m writing this, but Christine Hamilton has a very interesting piece in today’s Sindie, about celebrities in major trials, and how the outcome has little bearing on people’s perception of them. She cites people who’ve been found not guilty and yet are still considered ‘disgraced’ anyway (eg John Leslie), and people who’ve been found guilty and yet it hasn’t really done them any damage at all (Hugh Grant).

So the question is, will Michael Jackson be able to rebuild his career? I suspect he probably will to some extent, since he has a very dedicated fan base, but he’ll never be as big as he was before the trial. He’d been moving on a downward slope anyway, and he’ll just continue down it. But he’ll earn enough to live more than comfortably.

This 631st post was filed under: News and Comment.

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