Caution on Social Media

Earlier this week, I altered a blog post after going into a panic.  Well, it wasn’t exactly a panic, but it occurred to me there was an outside chance I could lose my public Facebook page if a small technicality wasn’t cleared up.  The post was shared on Facebook.

Needless to say, the Facebook share was deleted first, and then the blog post was toned down appropriately before being shared again.

At the end of the February 12 post, The Case of the Purloined Bathmat, you may have seen a link to a music video.  If you read the post when it was more than a couple of hours old, you didn’t see the original link.

Posts on this blog are subject to editing (mainly for formatting, additions and clarification) after they’re online, and as long as the changes are minor I don’t always bring them to readers’ attention. My blog has a small number of readers, whom I respect.  However, it’s hard to imagine any of them caring about minuscule changes.  It’s also unlikely many readers have bothered looking at each post more than once, so the minuscule stuff shouldn’t cause confusion.

The YouTube link which appeared first in The Case of the Purloined Bathmat was the authorized Vevo upload of Jesus to a Child by George Michael.  It contained one brief camera shot of a naked model, shown from behind.  The camera work was discreet, and probably permitted on Basic Cable (some other scenes showing a lot of skin also appeared in the video, but I believe Facebook would have flagged only the naked model).  However, if someone is looking for an excuse to file a complaint, one bit of mildly controversial artwork just might be used to cancel a Facebook account.

I’m openly bisexual.  Although the Facebook page doesn’t get much more attention than this blog, I’m always alert to homophobic trolls looking for ways to harass an LGBT person on social media.  If a hater can find one brief nude image through a link on Facebook, it will be exploited.  It would be similar to a vice squad undercover loser following someone into the men’s room.  But enough about the jerk who complicated George Michael’s life.  As if that particular life needed further complications.

If you want to see a fine piece of artistic video work with a beautiful soundtrack, check out the authorized YouTube upload of Jesus to a Child.  In case you’re not up to date on the history behind the work, the song was written as a tribute to a life partner, Anselmo Feleppa, who died of complications from HIV during the early 1990s.  Mr. Michael was in the closet (somewhat, at least where his career was concerned) at the time of Mr. Feleppa’s passing, and didn’t disclose that the song was about a same sex partner until after the restroom bust outed him completely.  However, the album in question, titled Older, was dedicated to Mr. Feleppa.

Yes, I’m aware that George Michael was partially out of the closet for years before the misfortune in Beverly Hills.  He handled it with an artist’s individuality, and without any hurtful closet case stuff.  So, there’s no need to broach the subject in the Comments Section.

Royalties from sales of Jesus to a Child were quietly donated to a British charity, ChildLine.  That donation was kept secret until after Mr. Michael’s passing on Christmas Day in 2016.

To review the sources of this information, go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_to_a_Child

(Sources appear at the bottom of the Wikipedia page, so we aren’t just relying on Wikipedia’s numerous contributors this time.)

On the subject of decency standards on Facebook, we should recognize contradictions.  In fairness, Facebook’s policymakers are forced into generalizations because of the large volume of accounts. It isn’t feasible to make exceptions.

On the other hand (you must have known we would go here), the contradictions are ludicrous.  If you’ve spent enough time on social media, you’ve seen what people can post without risking trouble.  To my knowledge, the brilliant-but-wildly-suggestive David Letterman interview with George Michael (see below) does not violate Facebook’s standards.  In 1998 it was okay on CBS, too.

I’ll include links to a two part YouTube upload of an interview on British television which took place at about the same time.  The clip with David Letterman is hilarious, but in case anyone gets the wrong impression…the two-part Parkinson interview shows what a classy person the world lost on Christmas Day.

Political correctness aside, please note the comments on sexual confusion made during the Parkinson interview.  Mr. Michael said he had previously identified as bisexual, but life experience convinced him that his bisexuality wasn’t as prominent as he had once thought. This really does happen to some people who are actually heterosexual or gay, but we should always keep open minds about sexual orientation.  People who are genuinely bisexual (regardless of their exact place on the Kinsey Scale) hear the confusion argument all the time, and usually the argument is just a way of dismissing the fact that we’re bi.

Each person is an individual.  Maybe someday when/if our society grows up, we can forget the labels and just call ourselves human.  It’s kinky, but sounds good to me.

And, for God’s sake, give Adele a break.  If destiny had been any different, that could have happened to you.

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