The Celebrity Funeral and Modern Priestcraft

Thursday, 30 Aug 2012

Tragically, we turn to something that comforts only insofar as we refuse to think seriously about it.
On both sides of the Atlantic, the last few years have been marked by celebrity funerals. In the recent passing of Whitney Houston’and before that the English reality TV star Jade Goody, the king of pop Michael Jackson, and the Irish pop star Stephen Gatley (and, if we go far enough back, Diana's celebrity funeral par excellence)’we have faced headlong the age-old human problem that death comes to us all. Even celebrity status is powerless before it. Indeed, that very status, for one reason or another, seems inextricably linked to death before one's &...

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