Rupert Everett says Michael Jackson better off dead
"He was a freak. He looked like a character from Shrek," the 50-year-old said. "He was a black to white minstrel. He was crucified by that court case when he was accused of child molestation -- that killed him."
The King of Pop "personified the pain and anxiety of a black man in a slave country," Everett said. "We all watched as he changed from black to white. He was living performance art. I think it was fortuitous that he died."
And let's not forget the further-reaching racial component here: "We have Michael Jackson, a black man who has gone white, and we have President Barack Obama, who is a half-white man gone black," he said. "It's absolutely fascinating to watch."
But that's not all Rupert tees off on. He goes on to say that he "fell out of love with America after 9/11," so it's safe to say he's not targeting a U.S. audience here.
"Straight afterwards, this cruel and nasty city was hit with a sudden wave of compassion," he explained. "Everyone looked out for everyone. I thought that could be the beginning of something amazing."
And who was to blame? You'll never guess.
"It felt like it was a new beginning but then the rain started and President Bush came in and began the war," he said. "The whole country just changed and became completely alien to me. We came to America as kids because England was stuffy and constipated. The U.S. used to be a breath of fresh air but Bush changed all that."
The country "is a weird place now," saying that "cartoons are more realistic than real-life. Family Guy, The Simpsons and Shrek are much more believable than action films. People react to cartoons rather than life. That is a tragedy."
Well yeah, because cartoons don't require us to decide hard things, like what to do with terrorists, how to pay for health care or what to do with mom and dad when they get old. Sheesh, can't he see that? Begin your "who cares what that Limey thinks?" comments below.
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