In recent days, weeks and months, if you’ve listened to commentators on the radio, or read what they’ve written in the papers, you can’t fail to have noticed the angle that the media is taking with singer George Michael. They say: his music is dull and boring; he’s self-obsessed; and is a has-been that’s permanently stoned; he’s a trouble man that’s spiraling out of control.
It’s clear then, they don’t seem to like him much! Methinks they doth protest too much, though. The general public holds great affection for George – as seen by the huge response to his 25 Live tour. People in the media are a cross-section of society – so it doesn’t make sense that they’d all dislike him. No – there’s something else going on here.
If you want a concrete example of things being not quite what they seem, take Jonathan Ross – the BBC’s flagship chat show host. Last year (I think!), George Michael was scheduled to appear on the Ross’s show. Jonathan announced to his viewers, “Next week, George Michael will be joining us.” Ross was clearly excited to have George on his show. However, during the following days, George decided he didn’t want to go on the show, and cancelled. Now, whatever the rights and wrongs of this, Jonathan Ross took George’s “no show” very badly. He was angry to a point that was beyond reasonable, and began a little campaign of dissing George at every opportunity that presented itself. In the space of a few days then, Jonathan Ross went from being a George Michael fan to apparently disliking him.
Where does all this negativity come from? Is it homophobia? Is it that he took a stance on Iraq? Is it that he’s surrounded himself by low-quality advisers who don’t know how to handle people? Is that people are jealous of his money?
I’m not sure. Maybe it’s a combination of all the above. And I’m sure the situation would be helped if George sang more, and talked less. But it still doesn’t make sense to me…