Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Yesterday Farrah Fawcett was buried. Yes, for those who don't know, she died last Thursday, a few hours before Michael Jackson. As soon as the news hit that MJ had died, I thought "Poor Farrah Fawcett, she's gone and done a Mother Theresa".

If you can remember as far back as the summer of 1997, Mother Theresa died five days after Princess Diana and the day before Princess Diana's funeral. SkyNews, after discussing Diana's death for hours and hours spent approximately 30 seconds informing us in a very "by the way" manner that Mother Theresa had passed away. In the same way, as the grotesque media coverage of MJ's death continues, it seems the media networks are struggling to remember to mention Farrah every now and then.

And this does not only happen to celebrities. I remember a classmate's father's funeral that we went to in Takoradi a few years ago (yes, for those of you not living in Ghana, you are quite often expected to attend funerals of classmate's parents). The man in question was a former army man and High Court judge and was buried with all the fanfare attached to the army. 12-gun salute, soldiers carrying coffin and Ghana flag present, not to mention the hords of lawyers and judges that travelled from Accra. Unfortunately for her, Esther Appiah (I promised I'd remember her name to give her some importance, but to be honest I think it was something else) was buried in the same ceremony. The priest spent about 45 minutes talking about the late judge before sparing Esther about 3 minutes. I cringed as I saw her family leave the church from their mid-row seats (because of course, the judge's many guests had taken all the front seats).

Well, it all taught me a lesson I am happy to pass on. Let's make our mark on the world so as to not be buried in oblivion. And no matter what you do, never, never die on or around the same day as someone more important than you, because even in death you can be treated like a 2nd-class citizen.

8 comments:

posekyere said...

You are as ever philosophical and forthright.
my question however is: how does one apply this principle in practice though?
Bless you Maya!!

Anonymous said...

I know right!? Poor Farrah. I thought the same thing after Michael died...news of her death just disappeared......

Adaeze said...

So agreed...

Anonymous said...

Couldn't agree more. Yesterday, all the enternainment news shows gave MJ 20 minutes of their show with about 20 seconds going to Farrah, then about 10 seconds for Ed McMahon and a quick 5 second slot went to an actor who died yesterday...that how quick it was because I cant even remember his name. There was no mention of the Oxy Clean Man what so ever, and every single american knows who the oxy clean man is.

Abena said...

Was actually bothered about that... Interestingly, when I declared that afternoon that Farrah Fawcett had passed away, everybody in the office said "Who?".

Maya Mame said...

Still working on that one, Posekyere. When I have the answer I'll let you know, lol!

Maya Mame said...

Anon and Adaeze, I suspect the media bigheads don't think we'll realise they've overshadowed her death with MJ.


Anon 2, not being american, I hadn't heard about the oxyclean man but did hear of his death, also extremely brief news. Funnily enough, quite a few celebs have died in the last few weeks, but we'll never really hear about the rest.

Maya Mame said...

Abena, can't believe they didn't know who she was...and I guess now they'll never know!

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