February 27, 2008

"For sale: private fantasyland of global megastar turned reclusive weirdo."

"Sprawling 2,800-acre grounds include 'artistic' statues of nude children, waxworks of old men handing out toffees, a miniature steam train and generous accommodation for elephants. Ferris wheel included (might need oiling)."

Do you need to be a rich weirdo to buy Neverland? Or could Neverland become a some sort of resort or Gracelandish tourist attraction?


TMink said...

"Do you need to be a rich weirdo to buy Neverland?"

No, but it couldn't hurt.

Trey (with appologies to Gilda Radner and Jewess Jeans.)


Unknown said...

Hopefully a major developer will buy it, destroy it, and take paradise and put up a parking lot.

Freeman Hunt said...

... or Gracelandish tourist attraction?

What? A creepy, pedo-haunted Graceland?

Palladian said...

Someone should buy it, order everyone out, lock the gates, and leave it deserted to rot for twenty years. Then open the gates and charge admission for one person at a time to wander through it. It will be like a landscape version of "The Picture of Dorian Gray", a perfect rendition of what the metaphysical inside of Michael Jackson really looks like.

rhhardin said...

An ordinary middle-class rural house a couple miles away has a big ride-em large gauge railroad layout around the yard. A couple segments of track are missing. Perhaps the kid has left home, or gotten tired of it.

dbp said...

Elvis was pretty weird for his time. Michael Jackson though has presented us with a whole undiscovered country of the odd and perverse.

In 20 years, if not fully forgotten, it will probably fascinate paying customers.

Meade said...

Show me an artist who isn't a weirdo. Michael Jackson, seriously weird, but also a great artist and dancer - for which he will be best remembered.

Linked article worth reading if for no other reason than getting to the final quote:

"George Best, when questioned in later life about how he spent his salary, replied: 'I spent 90 per cent of my money on women, drink and fast cars. The rest I wasted.'"

blake said...

but also a great artist and dancer - for which he will be best remembered.

Tell that to Fatty Arbuckle.

Trooper York said...

"Tell that to Fatty Arbuckle"

I thought he was famous for not being able to find a bottle opener?

Swifty Quick said...

If he is remembered it won't be his singing and dancing that leads the way in getting remembered.

And I thought Thriller was way overrated at the time. There wasn't much happening pop music-wise right then, and he stepped into the void.

Revenant said...

I'm curious about people younger than, say, 30 -- do they even think of Michael Jackson as a singer? Or has he always been a weirdo pervert to them?

Tibore said...

Strange thing is that Jackson seems to have abandoned Neverland. You'd have thought it was his pride and joy, but he hasn't been in it for quite some time. As this and an earlier story said, it was ordered shuttered, and the zoo animals taken away.

Weird. But then again, nothing in his life was ever conventional.


On another note: Why'd the Times Online rewrite the George Best quote? It's supposed to be "I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered."

chuck b. said...

Graceland makes sense in Memphis, but it would not work in Los Olivos.