Monday, March 28, 2005

TODAY'S TOP ONE: Captain EO Is Innocent

In Slate today, there's a little notice about BJ, the "pudgy superfan" at the Michael Jackson trial who stands outside on a ladder and yells that Sony is behind the accusations against Jackson. I realize there are more important things to think about, but for the love of God I can't tear myself away from the Jackson trial coverage. It is simply the best courtroom circus of all time. From the article:

7:35 a.m.: BJ the pudgy superfan is here in front of the courthouse again, standing on his ladder and yelling. He waves around a DVD copy of Captain EO as he chants, "We love Captain EO! Captain EO is innocent!"

BJ's become a real fixture here. Everybody knows his name. And his story: He moved here from Tennessee during jury selection just so he could hang around the trial and offer his undying support to Michael. Sadly, yesterday—during one of the breaks—BJ got kicked out of the courthouse.

Easily the most astonishing thing about this passage is that Captain EO is out on DVD. How did that happen?