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I know it's October and I am also fully aware that Halloween is at the end, the end of the month, but does the whole weird ordeal have to go on all month? I mean, you have to admit, the whole concept is strange. In a way, it sort of cancels out everything you've (hopefully) been teaching your child about safety their whole life. You spend your time telling them don't talk to strangers, don't stay out after dark, and don't ever, ever take candy from strangers. Then what happens? October 31st rolls around and all of that really good advice? Out the window. Not only does Halloween make it so you talk to strangers, it encourages it! Don't just talk to them! Go directly to their homes and knock on their door! But wait until it's really dark outside to do it! And when they offer you candy? Take it! Take all that they give you and run, run as fast as you can to the next stranger's house and repeat the process until you can't carry that bag full of stranger candy any more! Hurry! The sun is about to come up!
But the whole costume-y thing goes on all month and it just bugs me. We're not out shooting turkeys and making pies (mmmmm...pies) the whole month of November! We're not opening presents throughout the entire month of December! And Easter? Good Lord, no one understand the whole egg and bunny part of that and can't wait for it to be over! But Halloween? Halloween we cherish for every single one of the 31 days in the month. You practically have to pry the costumes off of some people (only to find out, in the most extremely unfortunate situations, that they weren't wearing a costume after all. Imagine.). But those are the people who enjoy the dressing up. They are the costumed. They are the freaks. They are the Michael Jackson family. Behold!
Oh, what the hell is that? That would be Michael Jackson and one of his three (Yes! Three!) children at a comic book store in Los Angeles yesterday. And The Sun was there! According to The Sun, Jackson and his children (Yes! His children!) went to the comic book store under the notion that "to view the adventures of masked superheroes they covered their own faces, only removing their disguises after entering the shop through the back door." Now, from what I understand, whenever they're in public, Jackson like to have all of them keep their faces covered, whether it be a surgical mask or a scarf or in the case of his daughter there, Jason's hockey mask from the Friday the 13th movies. What is the point of this exactly?
I mean, I can understand the not wanting to be seen in public if you're Michael Jackson. You know, what with being an alleged child molester and all. And I can absolutely understand not wanting to have my children have to deal with the ruthless and relentless paparazzi. THAT is something that any child can do without. Most adults could do without it as well. But given that they all aren't wearing a surgical mask and the daughter looks as if she is about to protect the goal at a Canucks game, it can't be for filtering air particles or for protection against air-borne bacteria or anything like that. If it were for those purposes, they would all be wearing a surgical mask. I doubt the hockey mask-like accessory there is very good at filtering.
So if it's not for a health reason, you'd have to assume it's so that they don't get noticed and/or recognized. And while I can understand that motivation, I'm going to have to say that the best way to not get noticed is to do something that isn't noticeable. Walking around with a big mask of any sort on your face is a pretty good way to draw a bit more than the normal amount of attention to yourself when you're out in public, I would think. Mike, you're going to want to work on "blending in" a bit more. And no, I don't mean your skin color.
Apparently during the outing Michael Jackson wore a hoodie jacket and kept his mask and his dark glasses on the entire time. His oldest son, Prince Michael, appeared "to look like a normal kid" once he took off the mask. (Well, no kidding ! Yeah, if you take a mask off of just about anyone, underneath, they're going to look a little bit more like a normal person (that is to say, someone without a mask) than they are with the mask on! Almost every time. Almost.) His daughter, Paris, took off her mask to look at the comics. Good idea. And then his youngest child, Prince Michael II, had his mask off to reveal that he looked remarkably like his dad, only without the sunglasses and the surgical mask. Behold! The one that they call Blanket!
What is with that name? Blanket? I mean, how does one get "Blanket" from "Prince Michael II"? (Actually, how does one get Prince Michael II when the kid's brother is Prince Michael? It's like the Motown version of Larry, Darryl and Darryl.) I don't get it. "This is my son Blanket. Over here is his sister, Dust Ruffle. And over there is his brother, Throw Pillow." So odd.
Apparently, Michael Jackson usually insists that his children (Yes! His children!) wear veils as protection against kidnap threats. Again, small people wearing veils in public? Not going to blend right in. Nope. That just makes them easier to find. As far as the protection part goes...are they magic veils? They're not going to protect you from much, other than insects and the sun. But if that's not the goal then you really need a different plan.
I wonder about his children (Yes! His children!) and whether or not they're going to end up being mentally OK with being the child of Michael Jackson and all that goes along with that or if they're going to end up being just like him. And I really can't choose which one of those I think would be better. Well, however they turn out, I'm glad they got to at least go out! I can't imagine that happens very often. Or maybe it does, but with all the masks and the veils, I just didn't see them, so maybe those are pretty good disguises after all.