Wednesday, April 10, 2013

National Enquirer Puts Photo of Michael Jackson's Dead Body on Cover

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.

13 comments:

  1. I was just at Walmart and saw the cover to Inquirer next to the checkout showing Micheal's Autopsy Photo. I felt this was totally disrespectful to Michael. How low does this tabloid have to stoop!

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    1. It's disgusting and horrid. I picked up a copy just to see what was inside. They have a LARGER version of the same image, plus the picture of him in the hospital gown on the gurney. Just heartless and unnecessary.

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    2. I don't mean to sound rude, but, do you mean you bought a copy? Because, no matter how insensitive and disgusting you think it is, by purchasing a copy "just to see what was inside", you're falling for their ploy and giving National Enquirer exactly what they wanted, your money. You give them no reason not to do things like this, because you're fueling what's working. If we want this crap to stop, we need to stop buying.

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    3. Just looked through. Did not buy.

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  2. Those taloids are all just a bunch of lies and ppl who read and believe them are idoits.. All they know are lies...

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    1. The Need for Death Photos: Newsworthy or Exploitation?

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  4. I am absolutely appalled. Clearly, the Enquirer has absolutely NO respect for Michael as a human being. Clearly, ALL the Enquirer cares about is profiting off the name "Michael Jackson"--and is choosing to do so in the most disrespectful way imaginable.

    This is absolutely disgusting. I hope that when I'm at my store tomorrow, paying for my groceries, I won't see that disgusting magazine, or I will be sorely tempted to take a match to it.

    Obviously, the Enquirer thinks it is well within it's "First Amendment FREE SPEECH rights to print such a disrespectful picture. "FREE SPEECH" be damned! Michael Jackson was a human being deserving of so much more than to be treated like a freak show attraction for the purposes of selling magazines for some second-rate low life news publication!

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    1. People see no reason to stop talking trash about Michael or his children. It is quite sad. At least Michael is at peace and doesn't have to witness all of this.

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  5. I am upset, disturbed, and at this point, any little resepect (which is really none) that I had for the National Enquire is gone. I hope the Jackson family sue for every penny that this trashy, poor of an excuse taboid have. And the person who sold the photo should be prosecuted. This is devesating for the Jackson family as well as his children. I can't believe they would have the audacity to publish such a graphic photo let alone on the cover! Like seriously?!?

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    1. It is disturbimg how they think it's ok to treat celebrities, dead or alive, like this. I really feel badly for the children. They will never forget their dad's death. This picture is just an ugly reminder of how little respect even Michael's own doctor had for him.

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  6. I am insensed and disgusted, hurt for his family. This made me want to cry.

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    1. Same here. This trial is going to bring out some ugly tabloid stories, I am sure. So sad that his kids have to be put through this.

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