Pop star Michael Jackson was spotted shopping in a Bahrain mall on Wednesday, hiding his face behind a veil and donning a black robe traditionally worn by women in the Gulf.
He was with three children, apparently his own, who also had their faces covered by dark scarves. An unidentified woman accompanied them.
Related: Professor Faivish Mandelbrot, in a new article in the "Journal of Psychology, Sexuality, and Motown," suggests that Jackson exemplifies a new sort of hitherto unstudied sexual and religious orientation. He proposes that a person who displays Jackson's distinctive ambiguities in regard to gender and Islamitude be termed a "transfidel."
Update: Arab News has a version of the Jackson abaya story entitled "From King of Pop to Queen of Arabia." How blogosphere-like of them! An excerpt:
“I was surprised to see how well he was wearing his abaya. The abaya was completely covering his body and was closed from the front so you couldn’t see what he was wearing underneath. His hijab was on perfectly with not a strand of hair poking out. And his niqab covered his whole face with only his eyes visible, but he had aviator sunglasses to take care of that.”
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