Paul McCartney Pays Peculiar Tribute to Michael Jackson
With the death of Michael Jackson at age 50, the celebrity tributes have been rolling in.
One such statement was made by Jackson's former collaborator, Sir Paul McCartney. While the statement seems heartfelt enough, McCartney's characterization of Jackson as a "boy man" seems a bit strange.
"It's so sad and shocking," McCartney said. "I feel privileged to have hung out and worked with Michael. He was a massively talented boy man with a gentle soul. His music will be remembered forever and my memories of our time together will be happy ones.
"I send my deepest sympathy to his mother and the whole family and to his countless fans all around the world."
McCartney and Jackson collaborated on a number of songs, including Thriller single "The Girl is Mine", before the friendship ended in 1985, when Jackson outbid a joint effot by McCartney and Yoko Ono to buy over 200 Beatles songs for $47.5 million.
When McCartney found out he said, "I think it's dodgy to do things like that. To be someone's friend and then buy the rug they're standing on".
Reports earlier this year suggested that Jackson had planned to leave the rights to McCartney in his will.
The "boy man" comment is just one of a string of seemingly cool remarks made by McCartney about deceased peers over the years. Most famously, McCartney received a lot of flak when he said "Drag, isn't it?" following the death of former bandmate, John Lennon in 1980.
McCartney later stated in a Playboy interview: "I had just finished a whole day in shock and I said, 'It's a drag.' I meant 'drag' in the heaviest sense of the word, you know: 'It's a — DRAG.' But, you know, when you look at that in print, it says, 'Yes, it's a drag.' Matter of fact."
Shows of emotion aren't characteristic of many London-dwellers, so it's easy for people to mistake McCartney as callous.
However, there have been numerous cases where McCartney had been aggressove towards former wife, Heather Mills. So maybe the characterization is warranted?
August 2003: In Long Island, Mills asked McCartney if he had been smoking marijuana. He became angry, grabbed her neck and started choking her.
[q url="http://www.celebrific.com/paul-mccartney-heather-mills-divorce-update-paul-is-an-asshole/"]October 2003: McCartney often told Mills when she was pregnant that he did not want her to breast-feed their child, making the comment “they are my breasts” and “I don’t want a mouthful of breast milk”.
November 2003: McCartney required Mills to defer an essential operation on her leg because it would have interfered with holiday plans.