Friday, December 10, 2010

Better Late Than Never?

Says the Guardian:

Nearly four decades after his death, Florida's clemency board pardoned the legendary Doors frontman of convictions for indecent exposure and profanity at a Miami concert.

The Guardian also mentions Lenny Bruce's posthumous pardon on obscenity charges (37 years after his death) and Johnny Cash being pardoned for public drunkenness a mere four years after his death. There's also the Vatican finally getting around (November 2010) to forgiving John Lennon for his "bigger than Jesus" quip in 1967.

Given the degree to which these pop culture pioneers were persecuted during their lifetimes -- and the amount of time allowed to elapse before 'The Man' says sorry -- the contrition just seems a little sarcastic now and maybe better left unsaid.


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