The world is an increasingly odd place, really. It's getting very hard to be so bizarre and inappropriate that you get noticed. It's as if all the world is in a never-ending version of American Idol, performing acts of addle-headed freakishness instead of smarmy cover songs. What with the constant drone from the octuplet-basted crazy chick and the crooked politician with the Bob's-Big-Boy-Via-Gangster-Movie hair and the preachers doing stuff that would make a rent boy blush, what's the chance of someone actually diverting our attention?
Thank God for the Jacksons.
The Jacksons, via Marlon, one of their least fucked-up avatars, have decided to build a sort of resort/slavery theme park/Jackson museum. In Nigeria. Apparently Marlon thinks Nigeria is ripe to be the next Orlando.
The Badagry Historical Resort, located near Badagry's former slave port, will include a multimillion pound memorial, slave history theme park, five-star hotel and Jackson Five museum. The project is supported in part by Marlon Jackson, one of Michael Jackson's brothers.
"The Jackson family had been looking for a place to site their memorabilia collection," explained Gary Loster, chief executive of the Motherland Group, to the BBC. "We visited the site of the slave port in Badagry and Marlon turned to me and said: 'Let's put it here, this is right.'"
Marlon is hoping to capitalize on the recent success of ABBA-Splashoah, the Holocaust-themed water park and Swedish pop-music experience.
Look, I'm all for a museum that can set the standard for serious, thorough, and academic depictions of the history and consequences of slavery. I just think maybe it shouldn't have room service and middle-passage-themed complementary bottles of conditioner. And I don't want to every have a discussion with my kids featuring the question, "Well, should we see the Toussaint L'Ouverture exhibit now? Or do you want to go touch the Elephant Man skeleton?"
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