June 28, 2010

Monkey News

I watched the Animal Planet documentary about the history of Michael Jackson's relationship with his chimp, Bubbles, and it was a masterpiece of unintentional hilarity. I don't know what my favorite part was- that LaToya was the only member of the Jackson family who agreed to participate, or that the movie's narration gets considerably more judgmental about Jackson's later-years neglect of Bubbles than about his child molestation charges, or that the doc's emotional climax is LaToya's tearful reunion with the now 250-pound monkey.

The part that really got me- Bubbles is shown, in a cage, now living at a facility in Florida specifically dedicated to monkeys and other primates who have been abandoned by celebrities. Yes, apparently, there are enough such animals to necessitate an entire clinic. I wonder if Reagan's monkey from "Bedtime For Bonzo" is there too.

Posted by Stephen Silver at June 28, 2010 05:08 PM
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