Archive for May, 2012

Paparazzi: Nothing More than an Annoying Buzz!

It’s been 52 years since the word paparazzi travelled across the ocean from Europe  into the American vocabulary. If only the paparazzi in the US and other countries knew what their name meant in Italian, obscure as it may be, they’d probably want to be known what they were in the early 1960’s. Believe it or not they were acknowledged as real press photographers. (excuse me while I take a deep breath and remain calm)

Anyone who has studied foreign film as I have recently, would know where the term paparazzi (actually paparazzo) came from. The Federico Fellini 1960 classic La Dolce Vita had a pivotal character in the storyline who happened to be a press photographer by the name of Paparazzo. It has also been rumored to be based on an odd Italian word called “papataceo” which is literally a description for an annoying buzzing sound coming from a mosquito.

That’s right, it is clear that Fellini understood the annoyance of press photographers very early on in his directing career and maybe unknowingly created an entirely new term to these leeches via the name of a character in his movie. Rome in the 1950’s and 60’s was already considered a city that was obsessed with celebrities and Fellini intentionally reflected that universe in “La Dolce Vita.” Europe was also known as one of the worst places on Earth for celebrity photographers who would almost go to as many lengths as Hollywood paparazzi today to get a photograph of a celebrity. The main difference is that in 1960 Rome was fortunate enough to not have SUV’s that could potentially run a celebrity off a cliff or under a tunnel somewhere during a chase. The paparazzi in Italy have always ridden around in small, compact cars that are almost the equivalent of a little buzzing mosquito that can squeeze into tighter places to get photographs easier.

Wherever the term paparazzi comes from, the impressions of them are the same around the world. Hollywood is again trying to enact laws to control the paparazzi. The European paps do not have  the free rein that they do in Tinseltown.

In Germany and France there are more restrictions against the paparazzi than other countries.  Since the death of Princess Diana in Paris, where photographers “hunted” and chased her down under that tunnel on that horrific night there have been more restrictions against the paparazzi in France and Germany.  In France the Paparazzi need permission from the people they are photographing but really how many really give the permission or get it.  Europe is full of tabloid trash and I think it is high times to get some serious laws in North America to prevent children specifically from becoming bitten by these “annoying mosquitos”

Italian is truly a beautiful language and it can make a simple word make “dung” sound classy.

NEXT ARTICLE:  Halle Berry Protecting her Child from the Paparazzi!

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Michael Jackson: A life of Forgiveness

A Walk Through the Desert What is forgiveness?

Two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand: TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE.They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to have a swim. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him. After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone: TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SAVED MY LIFE. The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, “After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?” The other friend replied “When someone hurts us we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.”

“In forgiving we do not lose anything, rather we receive a gift.” Fr. Andrija Petresin

I came agross this beautiful unknown “parable” in a box full of old articles, the name and/or date of the magazine from which it came was clipped off years ago. After reading it I felt the need to share it on this blog for two reasons. Firstly, after reading and writing so much negativity about the airwaves and media I get so caught up in the abyss of hatred that I sometimes forget that at some point we must forgive.  Secondly while reading this story I cried!  I thought of how Michael had lived his life and how he never ever had a negative word to say to anyone who had done him wrong, the media, the sycophants, people who he trusted. With his status and power he could have lashed out more times that anyone could count but he chose to forgive. If he could do it and live his life with such grace and dignity then I must attempt to give my life a lift and forgive.  We need to free ourselves from the chains of destruction which hatred and jealousy can bring.

When I say forgiveness i do not mean to tolerate the wrong that others have done and I do not have to accept the injustice in order to forgive.  Whatever is wrong will always remain wrong even after forgiveness is given. Forgiving the wrongdoer does not mean the injustice is made acceptable or right.  It is also not to forget what has happened or erase the wrong from one’s memory as if it never existed, but one can get another perspective on the wrong done.

FORGIVENESS IS NOT TO GIVE UP MY RIGHT TO JUSTICE because forgiveness goes beyond the balancing of rights.  Forgiveness without justice strips forgiveness from being a gift.  It is not only a gift for the other – at times undeserved or unaccepted – but it is even more so a gift to one’s self.

I implore the MJ Community to forgive one another as Michael would want so much for us to do. It is impossible for us all to agree with one another but if we could all just take a look at the “man in the mirror” and make a change what a wonderful world it would be.  If we remain respectful to one another and treat each other with respect and remember everyone has an opinion it would be a wonderful thing to “turn the other cheek” and forgive. We can be like Michael and lift our hearts as he did and live a life of forgiveness.

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“Here Come Da Judge” David Walgren Appointed Judge

Finally some good news in the United States justice system.  Deputy District Attorney David B. Walgren, 43, has been appointed a Judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court.1

David Walgren and Deborah Brazil became heroes as the Prosecutors in the case of the People of the State of California v. Conrad Robert Murray.  Their tenacity and legal brilliance brought the murderer of Michael Jackson to justice.  Testimony indicated that Murray had played the key role in MJ’s death on June 25, 2009. In his own closing argument he called the overuse of Propofol for Michael Jackson’s insomnia was an “obscene experiment” and that  “this is bizarre, unethical, unconscionable behaviour.  Michael Jackson trusted Conrad Murray. He trusted him with his life; he paid with his life.”2

In November 2011, the jury found Murray guilty after about eight hours of deliberation and he was sentenced to four years in prison for involuntary manslaughter.

Kudos to Mr. Walgren, I as an advocate for airwave abuse and injustices toward any human being living or dead, welcome someone with his legal knowledge, professionalism and integrity to the Los Angeles Superior Court.  I am a Canadian, however, residents of California are very fortunate to have Judge Walgren in this position of authority.

I believe that Michael would never have gone through those 15 years of torture if Judge Walgren had been in the forefront at that time.  Millions of dollars of taxpayers money could have been saved and there would have been no Conrad Murray to prosecute. Instead we have Sneddon and others with their “golden parachutes” living off the hog and enjoying the life that Michael will never have.

1. http://www.imperialvalleynews.com/index.php/news/california-news/579-governor-brown-appoints-eight-to-los-angeles-county-superior-court

2. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/07/michael-jackson-conrad-murray-guilty?intcmp=239

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To Tweet or Not to Tweet the Children? That is the Question!

“Paris can stand on her own…she won’t take anything from anybody. She fights. She’s tough, very tough.” – Michael Jackson

I generally do not read Paris Jackson’s tweets since I do not and would not read my own daughters’ tweets unless they were specifically addressed to me however many of her tweets get retweeted on my page.  I am amazed to see this young lady’s dignity, caring and general kindness toward others who, I feel, have been somewhat cruel and unfair to her.

The one tweet that particularly caught my eye was this one:

“Are you aware that @rockofages movie makes fun of @michaeljackson in their movie? #boycott

Her reply to this tweet was:

“A lot of ppl do… its jealousy dw about it”

In my opinion I think this tweet was one that should never have been sent to Michael’s sweet young daughter as it brings attention to what we want to keep the public from watching if, in fact this movie does have a negative connotation to it (I apologize for putting this on this blog but I needed to be exact) and secondly, why would anyone want to bring that up to someone who loves him more than life itself.

I was amazed at Paris’ reply.  It shows how well-adjusted and how intelligent she is when it comes to these type of comments.  It must have caught her eye because she rarely  responds to the statements and/or questions she gets tweeted to her account unless it is a friend.  Mrs. Jackson has shown us what a wonderful job she is doing with all of her grandchildren and how she had to unexpectedly, take over a parenting job later on in her life.  God bless her.  She has taught the children well.  Michael’s name has been dragged through the mud on so many occasions and these children handle it with grace and dignity.  On this Mother’s Day I would like to say God Bless Katherine Jackson on a job well done. Michael knew exactly what he was doing when he entrusted his most precious “gifts” to his mother.

I can see that Paris is passing her knowledge of what her father and grandmother have taught her on to “fans” who need to remember that this is a girl who has lost her father.  Maybe we should all consider what we put out on twitter and especially who we direct it to.  I have to believe that not one MJ fan or advocate would want to hurt his children in any way so please think before you “tweet” or “speak”.  Maybe we can all learn something from her… “don’t worry about it”

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