Friday, June 26, 2009

My G-g-g-generation, Talkin' ' Bout It

I just read an article all about how yesterday's deaths of Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson is some sort of big defining moment for Generation X.

“These people were on our lunchboxes,” said Gary Giovannetti, 38, a manager at HBO who grew up on Long Island awash in Farrah and MJ iconography. “This,” he said, “is the moment when Generation X realizes they’re grown up.”

As a member of that particular generation, all I can say to this is "huh" - in my most cynical voice while rolling my eyes, of course.

Celebrity deaths don't really upset me, I guess. Sure, these people have been famous for as long as I've been alive but so what? I mostly think of Farrah Fawcett as the chick with great hair who starred in Lifetimesque TV movies and went whacko on David Letterman a few years ago. She seemed nice and all, but honestly I'd be more bummed out if Kimmy Gibbler from the show Full House died.

And yeah, I'm old enough to remember when Michael Jackson was black and hung out with Bubbles the Chimp and Thriller was always on MTV - and MTV played actual videos instead of boring reality shows for that matter - I just was never much of a fan, preferring Duran Duran and The Pretenders. To be fair, lots of kid's in my class did love him tho.

This one particular kid, I think his name was Eugene, wore a different sequined glove to school everyday and spent recess practicing his moonwalk. He got really upset when this little ditty started going around the playground.

"I pledge allegiance to the flag
Michael Jackson is a fag
Pepsi Cola burned him up
Now he drinks the 7-up."

The mean bully boys would get right in his face and chant it over and over while the hapless kid cried and tried unsuccessfully to hit them. For some reason I always think of that scene whenever I hear the Pearl Jam song "Jeremy".

Poor old Eugene, I hope he's not having a nervous breakdown today. Those sequined gloves of his could probably fetch some bucks on Ebay.

Speaking of bucks, I once bought a 12 pack of Michael Jackson candy bars at The Dollar Store that I found out later are pretty rare. Does anyone remember these?


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Glitter added by me. I like things fancy.



Bet those candy bars would sell well today. Too bad I got hungry and ate them. They were very tasty as I recall.


So to summarize, that article was dumb, Kimmy Gibbler rocks, and I really like chocolate.

The End

20 comments:

Mr. Condescending said...

Haha wow I used to sing that song too! Haha the michael jackson pledge of allegiance was hilarious I completely forgot about it.

Now those candy bars I do not remember at all, was it white chocolate? Hah.

Prunella Jones said...

Milk chocolate, I think. Very tasty with a cup of Jesus Juice.

Warped Mind of Ron said...

MMMmmmmmm.... chocolate good!

John Smith said...

I had so little time to plan my death when I heard he was in a coma. I was going to greet him at the gates to heaven with a big sign that said "Japan loves you!" but now that bitch from arkansas got to greet him instead.

Fancy Schmancy said...

I heard that quote yesterday morning and thought the same thing.

I personally knew I grew up when my kid started high school last year.

Lostinspace said...

When I saw "Michael Jackson, 50", it made me go "huh".

Dr Zibbs said...

Hee Hee Hee

(Holding dick)

Jam'on...

(and kick)

Dr Zibbs said...

...oh yeah:

(then moon walk off stage)...

Eric said...

The later versions of the Michael Jackson candy bars were white chocolate, I think. You know, because it doesn't matter...

Girl Interrupted said...

Hahaha ... great post Pru :P and you always get such great comments!

I don't really remember Farrah Fawcett, except that she had big, gravity-defying hair.

I liked Jacko as a little kid, but then he started to freak me out. The pledge of allegiance made me lol for real.

words...words...words... said...

I agree wholeheartedly. My reaction was, "Oh, Farrah and MJ are dead. Huh. What do you know about that."

I disagree with the Kimmie Gibler part though. She was shrill.

kay zee said...

I was told I looked like Kimmy as a young lady.

Candy's daily Dandy said...

Michael Jackson chocolate-WTF?

I wonder if he recieved any royalties on that?

Prunella Jones said...

My guess is no, which is probably why they had such a limited production. I think they were made in Mexico.

diane said...

Michael Jackson was 15 days older than me and 12 days younger than Madonna. I have absolutely no idea why I thought that was important. I like math though.

Diane said...

yeah, I'm having a hard time tearing up over these. The last celeb deaths that kind of bothered me were Paul Newman - because I truly admire how he lived his life (not to mention being the most beautiful man around), and Heath Ledger, b/c I do think an incredible talent was lost.

Off the Wall and Thriller really are great albums, but then . . . all the wheels fell off.

Cora said...

I'm almost ashamed to admit it, but as soon as MJ died I immediately thought of the orgasm eBay must be having. Somewhere in my storage boxes in the garage I have a MJ Barbie doll and stickers from like 1983.... Hmm.... Might be worth something now. Looks like a stroll through eBay is on my to-do list this weekend.

UBERMOUTH said...

Paul Newman is dead?

In the 80's I was probably a little too cool for MJ,but now that I am in my 40's and cynical I only like dead people so yeah, since June 25th- HUGE FAN!

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