The Daily Mail articles were a disgrace. I was really looking forward to them after the promising article and DVD that was in the weekend paper but the next week I was bitterly disappointed.
Complete lies and slander were given out. I personally would rather Elvis had no publicity than that which was given out by the Daily Mail. I bought the first two and didn't get the rest- it was too upsetting.
Examples of the words used in them:
"A bizarre penchant for baby-talk. An insatiable hunger for under-age girls. And the obsessive bond with his own mother that plagued Elvis Presley's troubled love life..."
- "Every night, he took groupies back to his motel"
- "Poverty forced mother and son to share a bed"
- "The sex act itself did not always interest him"
- "He was romping with Sinatra's lover when Frank knocked on the door...".
"She found his bloated, lifeless body on the floor"
"One theory says he was killed by a karate chop"
"On stage, he simply s******ed and rambled"
"He spied on female guests as they undressed"
"His colon was swollen to siz times normal size"
"Once the epitome of sexual vitality, he was now a virtual zombie"
"He was reading some raunchy hard-core porn".
All of those, apart from the zombie one, were in bold across the pages. The article focused completely on negative sides and lies and took most of its inspiration from... none other than the Goldman book: ""In his shockingly candid ( ) book, Elvis The Last 24 Hours".
I love it when Elvis is in the papers and has publicity. But seriously, when such terrible words are written about him it makes me feel really sad. Non-Elvis fans will read this and think that he was some kind of terrible and grotesque being which is NOT true. Therefore it will be hard for people to judge and see Elvis for themselves. That is so sad. Yeah, he wasn't perfect but after all he was only HUMAN and he had such wonderful qualities... why aren't they mentioned?!?
You're right- Elvis remains a hugely important and iconic figure who has and will constantly appear in the papers. But sometimes it's not for the music, but for the myth. If there's going to be publicity for Elvis I personally want it to be about the beautiful man and his beautiful music.