Anorak | Beat It

Beat It

by | 1st, February 2005

‘GIVEN the nature of his cosmetic surgery, can we ever be entirely sure that the Michael Jackson we see entering a Californian courthouse is the real deal?

Jukebox Jury

The figure dressed all in white and offering the “V” for victory sign to the fans who have come to see their hero looks like we imagine the singer to look.

But then so too does Navi. Billed as a “Jackson impersonator”, Navi from Essex has flown to Santa Maria to cheer on his idol and hold up a banner on which he has daubed in marker pen: “SMOOTH BUT NOT A CRIMINAL.”

Doubtless, Navi thinks this is a clever use of words, a pun on one of the singer’s biggest hits.

But how clever it is to go out in public dressed up as a man charged with molesting teenage cancer sufferer Gavin Arvizo, plying him with booze and plotting to kidnap him is debatable.

Chances are high that if Navi were following the trial in Portsmouth or any other hotbed of anti-paedophile rage, he’d be in trouble.

But in California, he’s surrounded by hundreds of likeminded Jackson supporters and, deprived of any words from the accused, it’s to them the papers turn for a story.

So to kick off the so-called “Trial Of The Century”, we turn to the Express and hear from Jordan Gibson, a 16-year-old who has flown to California from Newcastle-upon-Tyne with her grandmother Anne.

“I know he is innocent,” says Gibson. “To me Jackson represents purity and innocence and he will prove to the world that he

You have already read 1 premium article for free today
Access immediately the premium content with Multipass

Or come back tomorrow

Posted: 1st, February 2005 | In: Tabloids Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed: RSS 2.0 | TrackBack | Permalink