OK! magazine made a tacky decision to use one of the last images of Michael Jackson as he lay dying as the cover for their tribute issue, sparking outrage among fans and musicians (like Sean “Diddy” Combs and Jay-Z), who have launched a petition to stop the publication of further copies.
The petition argues that the tabloid has violated Jackson’s right to privacy, while OK!‘s editorial director Sarah Ivens adamantly defends her cover:
“It’s a photo that captures the surprise and the upset and the moment of this breaking news story . . . I hope the cover will provoke readers. It celebrated the man, but it also does expose that he was an eccentric character who lived a very controversial life.”
Blindie finds the tabloid’s cover to be sensational, a ploy to sell covers rather than a celebration of the Jackson’s musical legacy.
Screen and song legend Eartha Kitt died Thursday at age 81.
The seductive icon broke barriers with her role as Catwoman in the 1960s TV series Batman, and jumped into every man’s heart with her 1953 Christmas song “Santa Baby.”
Dying on Christmas day, the legend will be remembered for her more than six decades in show business.
Grammy-winning singer Isaac Hayes died on Sunday after being found unconscious in his Memphis, Tennessee home, according to the AP. He was 65.
The soul singer, who won an Academy Award for his theme song for 1971’s Shaft and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will appear in the upcoming comedy Soul Men, with the late comedic actor Bernie Mac (who also died this weekend) and Samuel L. Jackson.
Hayes will also be remembered for his work on South Park, where he voiced ladies’ man and school cook James “Chef” McElroy. Hayes, a Scientologist, quit the risqué Comedy Central series due to the show’s consistent jokes about religion.
“There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins,” Hayes said in a statement in 2006. “Religious beliefs are sacred to people…As a civil rights activist of the past 40 years, I cannot support a show that disrespects those beliefs and practices.”
Sherman “Jocko” Maxwell, the first African-American sportscaster, died of complications from pneumonia on Wednesday, according to Newark’s Star-Ledger. He was 100.
A chronicler of the Negro Leagues, Maxwell began his broadcast career in 1929, reading game scores weekly on the WNJR radio station in Newark. He worked for various stations, all while working as a postal clerk. He retired from radio in 1967.
A judge has given the OK to auction the possessions of the late James Brown, according to the New York Times.
Nearly 350 items belonging to the Godfather of Soul, including hair curlers, outfits and a green vinyl sofa, will be auctioned at New York’s Christie’s International on Thursday. The sale is expected to make up to $2 million.
The legendary funk singer died from congestive heart failure on Christmas Day 2006. He was 73.