The Critical 'I'

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Tuesday, December 30, 2003

One of the weird tangents to come from the already-weird-enough Michael Jackson child molestation investigation is the rumor that Jacko has joined the Nation of Islam, which would be the capper in a bizarre fall from grace for the ex-King of Pop.

Now comes word that the Nation of Islam is denying that it's calling the shots for Jackson, or that Jackson has converted to Islam or joined them.

Lemme get this straight: The Nation of Islam is a racist, radical organization--and even they don't want to be associated with the freakshow that is Michael Jackson. Just checking.

The other strangeness in this is the news that Jermaine Jackson has, in fact, converted to Islam (but is not a member of the NOI--not that that's ever necessarily a related matter). Jermaine was once, kinda-sorta, a solo pop idol himself. In fact, for a while in the '70s and even '80s, people were speculating that he, not Michael, would end up being the breakout star from the Jackson 5.