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Michael Jackson's Bedside Reading

ChopsueyclubToday in the Michael Jackson trial items were presented that were found in a box at the foot of Michael Jackson's bed:

"Santa Barbara County sheriff's Sgt. Steve Robel showed items seized from Neverland during a Nov. 18, 2003, search, including a sex magazine called Teenage with a woman on the cover, a black-and-white image of a nude woman and a book called The Chop Suey Club by photographer Bruce Weber."

The relevance of the items was immediately attacked by the defense attorney Sanger, who seemed to understand the eroticism of young men in straw hats.

"Sanger said the black-and-white photo is a collector's item called 'The Glory of de Dienes Women,' and he asked Robel if the "The Chop Suey Club," featuring a young man in a straw hat on the cover, was seized because investigators believed it to be sexual in nature. Robel said yes.

Sanger said the book was sent to Jackson unsolicited by Weber, who has photographed the Jackson 5 and other famous people. Asked if he was aware that it had a photo of Jackson friend Elizabeth Taylor, Robel said he was not."

Now it's unclear whether Jackson had the book at the photo of his bed because he liked to keep Elizabeth Taylor nearby, or if he liked to keep the boy in the straw hat nearby, but perhaps someone could have drawn some other conclusion if they had gone to Amazon and read a few reviews of The Chop Suey Club, including this one by Robert Byrd (and it's unclear as well whether we're bringing a Senator into all this, but it's doubtful):

"I am constantly amazed that Weber, a maverick in the world of advertising, can convince his young male subjects (who more often than not claim to be heterosexual) to remove their clothes and portray very homoerotic situations and poses."

I hear it always helps to have a few cases of Jesus Juice around.

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  1. Yeah and the book cost $230. I don't know how I feel about that.

    Posted by: Alex | Mar 15, 2005 9:17:49 PM

  2. I have a copy of "The Chop Suey Club" ... not pornographic in any sense of the word.

    Posted by: Jeff | Mar 15, 2005 10:01:13 PM

  3. So, the prosecutors found a box filled with nothing. Good for them.

    Posted by: Mike | Mar 15, 2005 10:24:36 PM

  4. I really don't think you should be speculating about Michael Jacksons guilt.
    The situation may look like he is guilty, but by writing articles full of inuendo, you make towlerload no better than the crappy UK press. Like it or not a man should be innocent UNTIL proven guilty.

    Bruce Webber, is like it or not, is a recognised published photographer, some would say artist. I presume you have looked at the book and know that it is pornographic, and if you have, what makes you any less guilty than the self proclaimed King of Pop?

    Macarthys all round, towleroad is paying.

    Posted by: Russell | Mar 16, 2005 7:27:57 AM

  5. The book Chop Suey is not pornographic, of course. That's not Weber. Highly homoerotic, HELL YES!

    And speaking of Chop Suey, when the heck is Weber's movie of Chop Suey ever going to come out on DVD?

    It's very unusual for a homoerotic movie like this not to be released on video. The movie is from 2001 after all.

    Posted by: Stosine | Mar 16, 2005 8:17:43 AM

  6. Russell, you are an idiot.

    Posted by: John | Mar 16, 2005 9:45:59 AM

  7. Defining porn is a very subjective art. The Supreme Court said as much, saying 'You know it when you see it.'

    One could call it porn and another would call it homoerotic and they'd both be right.

    I don't know exactly where the "photo of his bed" comes into play, but here's example No. 4,361 of Andy Towle inferring that someone else is gay.

    In Andy's world, and in the world of every republican bigot alive, homo and pedophile are one in the same. Perhaps Jacko is a homo. Perhaps he's a pedophile. The trial will decide the latter but not the former.

    Why infer that he's gay just because he was sent a book?

    Posted by: Jason | Mar 16, 2005 11:17:24 AM

  8. oh please I wasn't inferring anything. I'd rather not think about him having sex with anyone.

    Posted by: andy | Mar 16, 2005 11:36:22 AM

  9. What's with all the Andy bashing? At first, I thought it was just a playful "between friends" kind of thing, but I guess some people are either looking for a fight or are just mean-spirited.

    Didn't we learn early on in life that you can disagree with someone with making it personal or being mean?

    Posted by: HoyaBoy | Mar 16, 2005 12:02:30 PM

  10. We can't joke about Wack Jacko??? Sheesh. You guys need to seriously LIGHTEN UP!

    Posted by: cafegogo | Mar 16, 2005 12:38:29 PM

  11. Andy, please don't even justify these idiotic haters (like Jason and Russell) with a response. You have no reason to defend yourself. Their attacks just show that they have their own bitterness problems to work through.

    Posted by: John | Mar 16, 2005 1:31:11 PM

  12. This could be as much fun as the Shoob fiasco!

    Posted by: kelly | Mar 16, 2005 2:05:06 PM

  13. This could be as much fun as the Shoob fiasco!

    Posted by: kelly | Mar 16, 2005 2:05:06 PM

  14. lol. It's easy to photograph a boy in the nude... straight or otherwise... I fail to see what the prosecutor thinks is "hard" about photographing "young male (18) flesh".

    Posted by: visibleh20 | Mar 16, 2005 2:31:10 PM

  15. "oh please I wasn't inferring anything. I'd rather not think about him having sex with anyone."

    You should "infer" all the time, in my opinion, Andy. Your free speech allows you to say anything. And so what if you're wrong... ABC, CBS and NBC are as biased as anyone on earth...

    After all these spots are for "gay folk", right?

    Posted by: visibleh20 | Mar 16, 2005 2:36:28 PM

  16. I heard they found a Lucky Lukas movie special edition under his bed. But, hey!, that´s mine.

    Posted by: Phelipe | Mar 16, 2005 3:04:54 PM

  17. Andy, please for the love of God, turn comments off this site. The people who post know not what they do. Please, stop them. ASAP! Turn comments off on Towleroad! Please! I can't bear to read them anymore, it's disgusting. I used to feel I was amongst an elite group of readers yet the more they speak the more I cringe in disgust.

    Posted by: Once Adored | Mar 16, 2005 4:03:52 PM

  18. oh, andy, please do not turn comments off. this is just too amusing.

    Posted by: cafegogo | Mar 16, 2005 7:00:25 PM

  19. I find it interesting that currently, there are three comments about the Indiana constitutional amendment and over 17 comments on this trail.

    Posted by: Tim | Mar 16, 2005 9:22:49 PM

  20. Case in point, please, turn it off, stat.

    Posted by: CafeStopStop | Mar 16, 2005 9:24:16 PM

  21. "Freedom of the Press is limited to those who own one." --A. J. Liebling.

    With the advent of the Internet we're closer to owning our own "press" than ever.

    The best part? If you don't like what one page says, you can find another one. Better yet, you can go write your own page.

    Andy, you write a good page. Thanks for putting it out here.

    Posted by: Serra | Mar 21, 2005 9:24:02 AM

  22. I have alway been a fan of his music. I have come to worry about him alot in the last few years. The fact that Michael had a copy of Chop Suey Club is the most healthy thing that I have heard about him in a long time.

    Posted by: Tommy | Apr 30, 2005 9:21:06 PM

  23. Michael.
    God is all you have in this world thats going to help you now. If you don't have Christ in your life ask him now to be Lord of your life. He will never desert you. And will help you get threw the darkest days of your life. I know that for myself. I am now a christian.I am going to pray for you and never stop.
    Carolyn Dosier,

    Posted by: Carolyn | Jun 11, 2005 12:24:19 PM

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