In 2011, photos of Michael Jackson at the hospital after he died were released during Conrad Murray's manslaughter trial. At one point, a grainy photo taken on a camera phone was put on the cover of a tabloid magazine, and this week, National Enquirer is putting a photo of Michael on the autopsy table on the cover of the magazine. This same picture was released at the same time as the other one, only this one shows Michael completely naked with a black bar across his groan area for modesty.
When Whitney Houston died, and her funeral photo was posted on the cover of the tabloids, that was an extremely disrespectful thing to do. But this? To see a photo of a bruised, naked dead man while you're standing in line at the grocery store seems even more extreme. Michael Jackson was a human being. He was a father. He has 3 children who could easily come across this if they went to the store for a candy bar. It's completely insensitive and unnecessary to put this photo on the cover.
I feel that this AEG trial is just another excuse for the tabloids to once again destroy any amount of dignity Michael had in his final days. He was a chronic insomniac, and the one "treatment" that he thought worked for him was what killed him due to his doctor's incompetence. Now that he's gone, his children have to figure out a way to grow up in a world filled with people who either loved or hated their dad, either respected or disrespected him.
Why use the photo of a naked dead man to try to sell copies? What's worse is that the title of the article alludes to his children having some big secret that could mean that Michael was murdered. Ridiculous tactics! Michael's legacy ought to be left alone, and his children should be left out of what happened to him. I understand that the eldest two may be testifying, but if this happens, that should be the extent of it. They should simply testify to what they remember from the day their father died, and that should be it.
Michael would hate the fact that his children are being exposed to all of this. I think it's safe to say that the tabloids are willing to do whatever it takes to sell magazines, even if it means exploiting Michael's children and using shock tactics by posting autopsy photos on the front page.