I saw this article about an Idaho man forcing somebody to do the moonwalk at gunpoint and I immediately thought: Man, violence is never the answer in these situations. There had to be some non-violent way for John Ernest Cross to be able to see somebody moonwalk. He did not need to resort to violence.
I mean, I suffered through the 80s. There were all kinds of people who wanted to show off the fact that they could moonwalk, whether or not they actually could. The mere mention of moonwalking was enough to get some people started. Times may have changed, but I’m sure nostalgia is still a powerful factor. John Ernest Cross could have just asked somebody.
Sure, perhaps his victim may not have wanted to moonwalk. Perhaps to get that particular person to do it John Ernest Cross needed to use a gun. But, there had to have been somebody else willing. He didn’t need to get that one guy to do it in order to see somebody moonwalk.
Also, there is always YouTube. He could have just gone on and seen Michael Jackson himself moonwalk. Why settle for imitations? I’m sure there are easily available clips out there of Jackson moonwalking. A gun was unnecessary.
Now, there is still some debate as to exactly how far John Ernest Cross went with this. Cross is accused of using a semiautomatic rifle to menace his victim. He contends it was only a pellet gun, but we all know from the example of Chevy Chase that this is still a punishable crime unless you tell Roy Walley some sob story and convince him to open Walley World for the day.
So, it may be too late for John Ernest Cross on this, but I thought it important to bring this to the attention of everyone else. If you want to see somebody moonwalk, find a way to do it that doesn’t involve a gun. I might even try to help you out myself (though I’m not sure if I can actually moonwalk), just to stop the violence.