“I think it was fortuitous that he died,” the actor said of Jackson. “He was supposed to be doing 50 concerts in London. It wouldn’t have mattered how good or bad he was. He wouldn’t have managed to do all of them and the press would have destroyed him.”
Rupert, who at 50 is the same age Jacko was when he died, called the singer a “freak”. “He looked like a character from Shrek. He was a black to white minstrel. He was crucified by that court case when he was accused of child molestation – that killed him.
“He personified the pain and anxiety of a black man in a slave country,” Everett continued. “We all watched as he changed from black to white. He was living performance art.”
The outspoken actor predicted that Michael’s untimely demise would spell the end of our fascination with celebrities. “You cannot divide the music from the person. I think his life – and death – is a great lesson. I think we are going to see the end of celebrity as we know it. Show business is not an honest profession.”