THE AUTOPSY PROGRAM. Time to make your CHOICE
Updated Dec.31, 2010
Question from Tatum:
“Maybe they’re not doing this to Monroe, Presley, Lennon because the media didn’t lie about their deaths. What if it can actually help Michael and bring out what we’ve been saying all along – that he wasn’t an addict or unhealthy?”.
Tatum, I see the only beneficial effect of the autopsy program in a probability that it will make people wake up from the nightmarish sleep they are in now, clear up their minds in a couple of things and the program backfiring on its initiators.
Though the examination of a dead body – even a synthetic one – is surely a horrifying sight I understand that in some circumstances it may be helpful – for example, in case of a mystery murder where it is important to determine how tall the murderer is, whether he was left or right handed, etc. In short it is more or less possible when such an examination is the only way to determine the cause of someone’s death – with a reservation that the synthetic model does not resemble the real person and is shown within certain limits. But even in such a case my personal preference would be a simple drawing, not a body.
Can any of you imagine Princess Diana’s synthetic cadaver (even a non-look-alike one) being shown in a TV autopsy program? After all we don’t know the exact reason of her death and some would probably want to learn it? Whether her head was twisted backwards or her ribs penetrated her heart as a result of the accident? But are you sure you want to know all these details? And see the sight?
Isn’t it a natural way to show our respect for Princess Diana by REFUSING to see the sight even if it is imposed on us by some morons? I think it is.
However if the body displayed is that of a homicidal maniac the feeling of respect will be gone, won’t it? And you won’t even care whether he is dissected or not because you’ll think he deserves it? You will refuse to watch it just for the revolting sight it is, won’t you?
So the very first thing we learn about the Discovery channel program is that they are going to demonstrate gross DISRESPECT for Michael Jackson because the very fact of the show means they are treating him more like a criminal than an honorable person like Princess Diana.
This alone is meant to convince the viewers that as regards Michael Jackson ANYTHING is possible.
If this point is clear and agreed upon, let us look into the other reasons the Discovery channel might present for reenacting the autopsy.
– They can say they want to show the real cause of his death. This point could be more or less valid if the cause of death were external – for ex. if out of the several bullets shot only one was found fatal and they wanted to show which one. However the cause of Michael Jackson’s death was purely INTERNAL , which cannot be seen with a naked eye – it was the unacceptable level of anesthetic propofol given to him while his system was practically healthy for a 50-year old.
To come to a conclusion like that one doesn’t have to see the body at all – the most we need is a lab sample of his blood or other tissues with figures showing the concentration of propofol there. Showing the body, dismembering it and taking away MJ’s organs will not answer the declared purpose of the procedure even minimally.
– Another pretext for the program might be examining the possibility of Michael injecting the propofol himself. But to be able to determine it one doesn’t need to dissect the naked body either – it would be enough to place a live human being on a bed and ask him to reach for his leg and try to inject some substance there (keeping in mind that in the very first second of the injection the person is supposed to fall asleep). So even without making such an experiment it is clear that the self-injection hypothesis isn’t in the least workable and no autopsy should be arranged to prove it.
So no matter how you look at it the ONLY real reason why the Discovery wants to display Michael’s naked body and cut it into pieces in full public view is because they want to humiliate and degrade him, show his scars, his plastic surgery, his thinness and his intimate parts which are not meant to be seen by strangers, his children or even his mother – even if they are synthetic and not really his.
You know, there is something very intimate about death as such. Every world culture has it that when the soul leaves the body, the remains should be treated with utmost dignity – which is actually the only and last sign of respect you can show for the deceased. The body is never dissected in public – we are no doctors and have no need to see the sight of anyone being dismembered.
I repeat, of anyone being dismembered. Especially someone whom we used to know when he was alive. Some people even refuse to look at the dead body of their dear ones as they want to remember them alive. Even close relatives will refuse to really look, let alone see the body being ripped open …
Horrifying as it is the reenactment of the autopsy may become completely unbearable if the synthetic body resembles the dead person. The ad of the Discovery channel program recently leaked into the Internet gives us reasons to believe that Michael Jackson’s synthetic cadaver might be a look-alike. The ad showed the body of a man with his penis discernable under the cover sheet and his right hand gloved in a Michael Jackson’s white glove. Imagine this sheet taken away…
I hope that even this short overview proves that no matter what the Discovery executives say about the purpose of the program their real idea is as follows:
- To unspeakably humiliate Michael Jackson after death by showing his scars and intimate parts simulated in a synthetic body which no one will want to manifest to the outside world whether alive or dead, natural or synthetic.
- To fake the process of discovering the truth about the cause of his death as sawing his skull and putting aside his brain or guts will not take us any closer to the cause of his death which was propofol – plain and simple.
- To insult, defy and challenge Michael Jackson’s family by showing total disregard for their feelings and placing the ‘right’ of the world to humiliate the deceased man over the family’s right to enjoy a little privacy and respect for themselves.
- To finally bury Michael Jackson in people’s memory. The vivid picture of his body dissected, his brain taken out of his head and muscles cut might be a try to forever replace Michael’s charming smile and gracious movements on stage with that morbid image – at least in the memory of those who will watch the “cadaver show”.
- To desecrate the notion of death at large. It may be just another of those numerous ways to make people get used to the sight of death, think of it as something ‘common’ and believe that once a person is dead his body is trash which can be treated in a way one sees fit.
- But the final and probably most global purpose of such a program is to make profit at the expense of degrading the spirit of those who will be watching the show.
As in all cases of an insult to the human spirit the viewers of the program will go through various stages of emotions – the initial thrill will be replaced by an unhealthy satiation, followed by the annoying sense of something wrong, ending you up feeling shallow, disgusted with yourself and dirty all over with the kind of dirt which cannot be washed off with any shower in the world (except tears of repentance).
Tearing down a human spirit or hindering it from its progressive elevation is a very serious crime against humanity. Who said it? Many ancient texts say it, one of which is the Gospel. The Gospel says that everything can be forgiven – even abuse of the Holy Father and Son. The only unforgivable crime is the abuse of the Holy spirit. This spirit is something which descends on humans from somewhere above turning them into a species different from mere animals. Some think that humans are born with a grain of it in their souls. Some consider it to be their conscience.
Abusing human conscience, encouraging humans to give in to their animal instincts and making them descend rather than ascend in their spiritual development is a grave insult to the human spirit which everyone should be extremely wary of.
All those who will be watching the program (with the exception of doctors who will take it purely professionally) will feel the effect of being spiritually abused. You can try it to see the downfall you will be experiencing or you can consciously refuse to allow it to happen.
What choice will YOU make?
December 29, 2010 News Flash!
Co-Executors John Branca and John McClain fired off a vitriolic letter to the Prez of Discovery — in which they accuse the network of operating in “shockingly bad taste … motivated solely by your blind desire to exploit Michael’s death, while cynically attempting to dupe the public into believing this show will have serious medical value.”
Branca and McClain apparently realize they can’t legally stop the show but they are appealing to Discovery’s moral decency to cancel the program.
LETTER to Discovery from J.Branca and J.McClain
December 29, 2010
David M. Zaslav
President and Chief Executive Officer
Discovery Communications Inc.
One Discovery Place
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Dear Mr. Zaslav:
We are the co-executors of the Michael Jackson Estate. As you are aware, plans by a Discovery Communications channel to air a program in Europe next month purporting to reenact Michael Jackson’s autopsy has understandably angered Michael’s fans worldwide. Your decision to even schedule this program is in shockingly bad taste, insensitive to Michael’s family, and appears motivated solely by your blind desire to exploit Michael’s death, while cynically attempting to dupe the public into believing this show will have serious medical value.
We were especially outraged when a sickening print advertisement for the program appeared making light of Michael’s death by depicting a corpse sprawled on a steel gurney covered by a sheet with a hand sticking out wearing Michael’s signature sequined glove. Discovery obviously views this as clever advertising and creative “branding’ for its program. But in fact, the ad is debased, sick and insensitive. No doubt this fictitious, morbid image is being spread worldwide even now on the internet, viewed by Michael’s loved ones, and even accepted as authentic by those who may be unaware that Discovery made it up.
There was a time not long ago when Discovery was synonymous with some of the best programming television had to offer, including focusing attention on many of the same environmental issues Michael was so passionate about during his life. That’s why we find your decision to proceed with an offensive, exploitative program like “Michael Jackson’s Autopsy” so mind boggling. On behalf of Michael’s family, fans, common sense and decency, we urge you to reconsider and cancel this program.
Very truly yours,
John G. Branca
AN ONLINE PETITION by MJ Children against the Autopsy program:
The Estate has recently advised that their team of lawyers after discussions with UK lawyers regarding the autopsy programs, were told there were insufficient legal grounds to stop Discovery’s programs from going ahead.
Based on the authopsy’s report and court documents, the film will show a reproduction of the body of the star in every detail. The documentary aims to follow a doctor who will dissect the body and reveal the true reasons for his death by spreading rumors about his addiction or his skin condition.
Like any other human being on this earth, Michael Jackson is entitled to a minimum of decency and respect. Over the months, media accumulate abuse and act as low as before.
We ask the directors of the Discovery Channel programming to proceed with the outright cancellation of this indecent documentary, detrimental to both the person and his family and loved ones.
UNITE against the ignominy !
SIGN it here : http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/againstdiscovery/
or here for those who don’t have a facebook account (it is free though at some point the host site will ask for a voluntary donation): http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/againstdiscovery/
UPDATE by Deborah Ffrench
December 30, 2010
No doubt you are all aware that Discovery Communications intend to air a succession of programs that re-enact a mock autopsy of Michael Jackson using a synthetic cadaver and a Doctor who will perfom the mock autopsy. Scheduled to hit UK screens and most of Europe, from January 13th through to the 16th, many people within the fanbase — and elsewhere — are naturally appalled by this prospect.
The Estate has in the last 24 hours added its voice to the chorus of global outrage generated by Discovery’s intended programming. As fans, we now need to reinforce what the Estate have done, by coherently, elegantly and
powerfully making ourselves heard.
Advertised as a dramatic re-enactment of Michael’s autopsy, recently released promo grabs of the imagery Discovery plans to use, reveal the obviously, sensationalist intention behind the making of these shows. We
would like to invite you and your members here to join with us in expressing your clear, powerful opposition to these programs. We are not deluding ourselves. These programs may indeed air, but to do nothing shames us as Fans — and as people.
You are now asked to help by doing three simple things:
1: Express Your disgust in emails, calls and letters.
In the US, UK, and other countries around the world, people are writing, emailing and calling Discovery as often as they can ( preferably daily).
How do you to do that? Details here: : http://tl.gd/7p3i3h
We need thousands of people, the like of whch has never been seen, to call the numbers contained within the above link. We are advising fans to prepare a written statement before they call so that they can express themselves clearly to the operator they reach — or the recorded message they are directed to. People can then leave that message at Discovery’s Viewer Relations phone line in the US, the customer service department in the UK, and the phone-line of Lucy Radciffe — the senior assistant to Nicolas Bonard — head of Discovery UK. That link also contains the email addresses of key Discovery executives and the email address of Dr Hunter who will be
‘performing’ the mock autopsy.
2: Block Discovery from their Cable viewing selection – and make sure Discovery know you have done so.
By calling their cable providers and requesting that the Discovery channel is removed or blocked from their TV line-up, and also blocking Dscovery by using the parental controls feature on their Cable or Dish set-up — and
making sure Discovery know they have done this — fans can easily but effectively put their protest to Discovery — into action.
The most important point is this: — by making that call to your cable provider and asking that a log be made of their request for the removal of the Discovery Channel from their package, and also informing your provider
that you have blocked Discovery from their channel selection — you will send a loud and clear message to Discovery.
Simply blocking Discovery does not send a digital or automatic signal to them. It is when fans actually call their cable providers, then call Discovery, and send an email to Discovery’s on-site complaints link — that
Discovery are immediately alerted that there is a serious problem — and one that won’t go away.
Details on how to block and inform Discovery are at this link:
3: Help build a ‘Discovery Protest Package.’
All fans are asked to send a copy of the emails they send to Discovery executives (you can simply cc all of them in one email) to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can do this simpy by bcc’ing the mjj@innocent address so it is invisible to the Discovery executives you email.
We are asking for this so that those emails can be added to a physical package that will be fedexed to Discovery in early January 2011. The deadline for the fedex package is December 31, 2011 — but we NEED all of you to still CONTINUE emailing after this date.
We all know why we are doing this, and — whatever happens — we do it together.
UPDATE January 1, 2010 1 a.m.
We are starting the year with the happy news of the Discovery program cancellation.
Here is Discovery’s official release:
December 31, 2010
Discovery cancels Michael Jackson autopsy TV show
LOS ANGELES | Fri Dec 31, 2010 12:49pm EST
LOS ANGELES Dec 31 (Reuters) – The Discovery television network on Friday said it canceled plans to air a reenactment of the autopsy on Michael Jackson’s body, citing an upcoming court hearing and concern by the late pop star’s estate.
The show, “Michael Jackson’s Autopsy: What Really Killed Michael Jackson,” had been set to air in several countries of western Europe and in the United Kingdom on Jan. 13.
“Given the commencement of legal proceedings beginning next week, and at the request of Michael Jackson’s estate, the scheduled broadcast of the medical documentary related to Michael Jackson’sofficial autopsy has been postponed indefinitely.”
Statement from John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson:
The Estate of Michael Jackson is pleased that Discovery Channel made the correct decision in choosing to cancel this exploitative program. We are hopeful that this show will never run in any market in the future. While Discovery cited legal proceedings and our request as the reasons for its decision, none of this would have happened had it not been for the incredible passion displayed by countless Michael Jackson fans worldwide who knew they stood as one and that their voices could not be ignored.
Source: The Michael Jackson Estate / MJ-Upbeat