R.I.P Billy Mays

Sunday, 28 June, 2009

Yes, Billy Mays is dead.  He was found unresponsive by his wife this morning.  Why am I posting about Billy Mays, the infomercial host?  Well, I think it’s to detract from everything that has been seen about Michael Jackson since he died earlier in the week.  I know it’s mean spirited, but, I don’t want to hear any more about Michael Jackson.

I was originally writing–and had a draft of–a blog about the sensationalism of celebrity deaths.  And this week was really driving it all home.  First with Ed McMahon, then Farah Fawcett then the “king of all deaths” (according to the mainstream media) Michael Jackson.  Now Billy Mays.  I am rooting for the “underdog” as it were.

So, here it is.  A short blog ranting about sensationalizing celebrity deaths that, in it’s own way, sensationalizes one.  Not that Billy was a celebrity on par with the other famous people that died this week.  Though Billy Mays was seen more often, in my home, than Michael Jackson’s music was ever heard.  And I will keep it that way.

All the best wishes to Billy’s family.