Thursday, March 24, 2005


There's a bit of difference between America's The Apprentice and the UK version, isn't there? Mainly because in the UK its in the hands of Alan Sugar, a man for whom glitz and glamour is all unrequired overheads and he brings the air of one who can't understand why anyone would choose a TV talent show to launch a career to proceedings. Trump, however, loves starlight and sprinkles, which is why his show isn't as much fun. There's contempt for the contestants, but no actual disgust. Anyway, Trump has been asked if he'd consider booking Jacko to play some places in Vegas if the boy gets off the kid-fid charges:

"He has seriously changed. I knew Michael in his heyday, and I would say 15 years ago he was beyond anything that there was. He was Elvis and he was the Beatles and everything else, and it's very sad to see what's happened to Michael in so many ways. Michael's lived in my buildings over the years. He's been a perfect tennant. We've had no problem whatsoever. I mean, absolutely none. I know what goes on in my buildings. And, yeah, there's a concept that I would hire Michael Jackson to entertain, but, you know, it's very early to think about that. Michael has to get through this problem first." Asked for his thoughts about the trial, Trump said, "Well, I don't think he's looking bad in the trial, though. It sounds to me like the mother of -- I mean, he shouldn't be showing up in pajamas. That's the one thing he shouldn't be wearing for a trial like this. Maybe at certain trials, but for this trials, pajamas don't go well with the jury. And, you know, Michael for some reason, he's just -- I don't know. He's his own worst enemy. It's very sad to see what's happened to Michael."

We're a little interested in Trump's claim that Jackson has changed over the last fifteen years. It's true - back in 1990, he was able to pay off a kid who accused him of touching him, and the kid stayed paid off. We're not sure that really puts him in the same league as Elvis or the Beatles. Musically, certainly not - you could perhaps make a case that twenty-two years ago, when Thriller was out, he came close. But fifteen? He'd already pissed it away.

If any lawyer would like to suggest what trials it's appropriate to wear pyjamas to, we'd love to hear from them.

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