June 26, 2009

The Death of a Pop Icon

What's sadder than losing one of our pop-culture icons - even sadder than losing three in one week - is the way the media will use the latest and the greatest to trump the other. For example, you've probably already forgotten that Carson's late night co-host Ed McMahon died three days ago, haven't you? And - you can quote me on this - Farrah Fawcett's death yesterday morning will soon fade into the shadow of Michael Jackson's sudden death last evening. It's just the method of the media. (Case in point, when I linked this website's coverage of Farrah, MJ's death was headlined at the top of the page)

All three of these entertainment personalities had their own special places in shaping the lives of our generation. Ed McMahon was among those remaining who brought the last bit of dignity and (mostly) tasteful humor to late night television. Farrah Fawcett Majors (remember her marriage to the 6 Million Dollar Man?) graced our weeknight tv time with a few other angels. And Michael Jackson... well it goes without saying that he was in a league of his own.

As I prepared this post last night at 11pm, I knew there would be plenty of internet buzz this morning all saying the same things. So I'm not going to try to compete. Just do your own google search for Ed, Farrah or MJ and you can find your own reading material. But I did want to post a couple of videos here for you to enjoy.

Though she was only on for one season, Farrah is most likely everyone's favorite angel.

Watch Michael's other videos here.

And heeeeeeere's a CBS recap of Ed McMahon's career.

My choice to feature these three people on this blog was primarily because of their contribution to our 70's & 80's entertainment culture. I haven't kept up with any of these three in any detail for many years, and certainly do not condone many of their lifestyle choices. As with anyone's death, my hope for them is that their hope was in Jesus Christ - the only Hope. If so, then and only then may they rest in peace.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for adding that last paragraph. I did wonder if any of them knew Christ, and that although we (as in people who don't personally know them) couldn't see the fruit of a personal relationship with Jesus in their lives, that it doesn't mean they didn't come to accept Him at some point before their passing.