While it’s sad that everything is politics in our sick era, at least sometimes it’s the kind of sad you can laugh at. This morning we mentioned the now-viral Pete King video in which the GOP Congressman blasts the media for lavishing attention on the dead “pervert” Michael Jackson. Now Huffington Post ‘s Sam Stein informs us the NY-03 Democratic Nominee Fund is using King’s outburst to raise money to defeat him in his next election, under the heading “Michael Jackson Fans AGAINST Peter King.” The group posts the infamous video and cries, “Fans of Michael Jackson and his legacy stand united against Peter King’s hateful words. Please donate here to show Peter King that true MJ fans won’t stand for the smearing of a pop sensation!” Donations will actually go to the as-yet-unchosen Democratic contender for King’s House seat, unless King goes for the Senate instead that year, in which case they’ll just form a new group and raise more money in the name of whatever newly-dead star the meandering congressman is cracking on then — Courtney Love, probably. Don’t feel too sorry for the Jackson fans who get suckered by this — they’d just spend the money on collectible plates if it weren’t this.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 6, 2009