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Michael Jackson: What About Him?

I remember meeting him, and how lonely he seemed. And shy. And fragile. I'm not sure there is much to say. I've been playing his music, and reflecting on the price of fame and celebrity. The way public people often mask a horrific private reality. The toll of it all. The way we consume the gifted ones, exalt them, imprison them. Why I think Angelina and Brad take the kids to Kmart. If they don't try to live outside of it, they will grow up trapped in the gilded cage.

Of course, "Rock with You" provided the soundtrack for my first kiss, alongside all the other MJ moments. But the cost! I could have lived without the songs. I think Michael could have, too. 

When I listen to this song, to the refrain, What about us? I have to ask the question--What about him? 

July 2nd, 2009

Comments:

Comment #1 by Anonymous on July 2, 2009 - 7:24pm

I just blogged about semi-similar issues today.

Comment #2 by Marcy Webb on July 3, 2009 - 6:52am

Rebecca, as I wrote recently on my own blog, for MJ, it was a tragic end to a tragic person who lived a tragic life. So, as you say, there isn't much to say, which is why I really don't get the intense reaction on behalf of Black folks.

Comment #3 by Anonymous on July 3, 2009 - 1:42pm

I was left feeling devastated and a whole lot of emotions that I cannot begin to put name to.

You see in my part of the world Michael made it Ok to be black when I was growing up, a kind of acceptance, people started to give us black kids a chance in school, they laid off ganging up on us.We were seen as not so different and friendships were form across the political divide because we all loved the Jackson Five.

So to hear that he has passed, shattered my world, it's as though I have lost a dear friend who helped to shape my future.

I know and to some extent understand the tragic life he has led but I pass no judgements, who are we to judge?

I only hope he is at peace,I pray his children and family will find the strength to carry-on.

In the meantime I will continue to play his music, he was a genius. RIP MJ

Comment #4 by Amy on July 3, 2009 - 4:38pm

@Marcy, I don't think it's only black folks...CNN showed pictures of people all over the world crying on each other's shoulders and attending candlelight vigils and such.

Comment #5 by Amy on July 3, 2009 - 4:39pm

Although Michael Jackson was immensely talented, I don't think his fame or his fortune made him do anything. I think they gave him access to a tragic lifestyle, but not one he didn't choose. There's probably going to be a witchhunt for all the people in Michael Jackson's life who didn't "save" him, especially his doctors. And while, I do agree that there are doctors that are enablers, I think Michael Jackson should also be held at least somewhat accountable for his own tragic lifestyle. So many people are willing to blame the doctors for prescribing him medication and for not preventing this but doctors are not gods that can change a person's habits and lifestyle. People need to take some responsibility for their health and research the prescriptions they get. I know people in my family who are ill and prescribed painkillers and I notice that those family members closely monitor their dosages because they have seen enough reports on the news and everywhere about how easy it is to get addicted to over-the-counter pills. Although we don't really know what caused Michael's death, I already see so many people on the news feeding into "this blame the doctors, blame his friends" mentality. It seems like the world sees doctors as accountable for everything that happens to their patients. I don't believe a person's talent or even influence should make other people hold them any less accountable than anyone else.

Comment #6 by Marcy Webb on July 3, 2009 - 6:09pm

Amy, I realize it wasn't just Black folks mourning. But, for a group which has embraced MJ in death in a way they never embraced him in life, this intense mourning on the part of Black folks is peculiar at best.

Comment #7 by Cleopatra on July 4, 2009 - 2:30am

Frankly I think your commentary was 'peculiar' and what the hell is your point anyway?! You acted as if you were really going to say something and it was just a WHOLE lot of nothing and how is making excuses for him ANY different than the ones made constantly for white celebrities. Every time some dumb white blonde bimbo screws up or gets caught or some white male rock star is caught AGAIN with drugs or a DUI the FIRST thing out of people's mouths is how they have a 'problem' and a 'disease' and can't be held responsible. And we should all hold hands singing 'kumbayah' while holding candlelight vigils and feeling 'sorry' for them sorry my ASS!! If he doesn't deserve excuses neither do they.

Comment #8 by Amy on July 4, 2009 - 4:21am

Well, if the last comment was directed toward my comment, I'm sorry I wasn't succinct in my comment. My point in all my rambling and ranting was that our society glorifies drug-users, victims, and celebrities. It had nothing to do with race; I just feel that doctors (and oh what the hell, let's throw teachers in there too) are under-appreciated and are often held responsible for more than they can control. So, if I haven't made myself clear, the media loves to make a victim out of anyone and anything and then in the process, put the blame where it looks the prettiest and most tragic but not where it is deserved. I think we can all agree on that.

Comment #9 by Super Amanda on July 4, 2009 - 6:49am

I think there is a huge racist component central to why he was vilified and why he hurt himself that predictably the media in the US and to a large extent Britain, is ignoring. A friend of mine complained how Farrah was being ignored due to passing on the same day as Michael. I reminded him that Farrah was shown respect on the shows I saw and that it is not everyday that the biggest and most talented star of the past 50 years dies. Especially Michael Jackson who broke down huge racial barriers, barriers he most likely saw past but never climbed over. How could he?

Walter Yetnikoff deserves some praise as he was the one who threatened pulling every one of Epic's videos if MTv did not want to get out of KKK mode. But Walter has not been interviewed instead I keep seeing the same clones acting as if the 'bad old days' of racism in the entertainment industry are over.

His extreme modification of his looks is not surprising given what the 70's represented for standards of beauty-virtually all white. We all have a vision of how we see ourselves and what we want to look like when we grow up or age, only to some its just not that important. He obviously coveted a very precise, European artful dodger/Peter Pan look:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Dca4j1yRFDQ/SCQ4FXDvP6I/AAAAAAAAAjA/ZAm7nNHbgG...

http://sk8erchick86.tripod.com/Amber/jack2.bmp

If there is any lasting lesson in his life, its how much people needed him emotionally via his music more than they need a world leader or an organized religion. His talent may have eclipsed his potential for sanity anyway, even with a white middle class Teri Shields type, Presia Canariao stage mom looking after him like his paramour Brooke Shields had. Jackson: boring but stable at middle age, the teen dreams of the 70's just a shed skin and he'd be alive.
But I feel his unparalleled talent was like curse or a beast to him. His death is incalculable, there are few left if none with his talent now not mention his sense of camp and glitz.

Yet his music incredibly has zero subtext and never feels dated, no "For What it's Worth" Buffalo Springfield/Boomer Third World college chanting/ ominous opening chords or "dated before it was released" Katy Perry schmaltz, just this timeless, timeless charm.

Considering how massive his catalog is and how oppressively misunderstood he was, THAT achievement alone may be his most astonishing.

Comment #10 by Super Amanda on July 4, 2009 - 7:07am

"already see so many people on the news feeding into "this blame the doctors, blame his friends" mentality. It seems like the world sees doctors as accountable for everything that happens to their patients."

@Amy: Doctors can't be allowed to administer drugs that are specifically contraindicated for unsupervised home use, have a client die and then just walk away leaving the BMW at the mansion!!!!!!!

Doctors take an oath not to be drug pushers much less administer powerful anesthesia at home!! The people that allowed that need to be jailed and lose their right to practice medicine! They are dangerous to everyone! Doctors are richer than God in the US, let them be held to the same standards as Ponzi schemers, ok? Those around Jackson bear a huge responsibility, if they were living off him and being paid to guard his health which HE knew was tentative. Safe to say, the trajectory from age 11 to your 40's is actually not really that long, we are indoctrinated to believe it is but it's not so. He was at constant risk and was paying to be protected, saying no and properly practicing and disturbing meds would have not hurt anyone but the greedy and the slime. I'm glad the DEA is looking into it.

Comment #11 by Super Amanda on July 4, 2009 - 7:15am

Better pics of the Artful Dodger, one I posted would not scan.

Btw, Mark Lester, who played in Oliver! is Godfather to all of Micheal's Children. Its clear he wanted to become Peter Pan/Artful Dodger in every way.

http://www.celebritynooz.com/images2/jackwild-then.jpg

http://www.harrymccracken.com/blog/archives/jackwild.jpg

Comment #12 by Amy on July 4, 2009 - 5:13pm

@Super Amanda, I feel I am being misunderstood. I don't think the doctor in this situation should get away with his involvement. If he is guilty, charges should be pressed against him. However, I feel that many are neglecting to acknowledge that Michael Jackson did wrong in this situation as well. What I am arguing is not the doctor's guilt, but Michael Jackson's guilt. He choose to have corrupt doctors to administer to his health.

Also, I do stand by the statement that "It seems like the world sees doctors as accountable for everything that happens to their patients" because it is true or else malpractice wouldn't be such a big issue today. Also, in this situation, people act as if the doctor made Michael Jackson take the medication. Michael Jackson made bad choices. He knew he was wrong or he would have been "paying to be protected." I am still critical of the mentality I see in the media because as I watched Larry King last night, a R.N. spoke about how Michael Jackson had asked her for a dangerous medication and how she had told him that it was dangerous and that he should not be using. And yet, after telling all this, the questions from Anderson Cooper and Larry King seemed to be looking for her fault or her guilt in the situation. The person who gave Michael the meds should be held responsible, but I have a feeling this is going to spiral out of control and that every doctor that even touched Michael Jackson will face some trouble.
Also, to say that "Doctors are richer than God in the US" is simply not true. Yes, there are a chosen few who make quite a bit, but there are many who do not. Also, I don't see why doctors making a comfortable living would a problem after 4 years of paying for medical and at least 2 years of residency in which their salary is comparable to that of a teacher. They work a lot and yet many are still in debt. Doctors being rich is a misconception because they are a few who somehow survive the competition of other doctors, the malpractice insurance fees and their debts to make a lot of money, but this is the case in any profession. In any profession, you have your top few earners.

Comment #13 by Amy on July 4, 2009 - 5:21pm

Ooops, I noticed a few typos in my last comment

In the second paragraph, fifth line, I meant "or he would not have been 'paying to be protected.' "

In the third paragraph, I meant in the third and fourth lines, "I don't see why doctors making a comfortable living would be a problem after 4 years of paying for medical school...."

Sorry

Comment #14 by Super Amanda on July 4, 2009 - 6:30pm

Hi Amy, :)

I know what you are saying and of course Jackson bears responsibility for his own choices but those dispensing drugs have a different type of responsibility, they are purveyors of potentially deadly and severely addictive medicines, they have to be held to the highest standards possible.

People can't really control themselves around drugs just like Philip Knight of Nike can't be trusted to control his greed when he sets up shop overseas around people too desperate turn down an exploitative job. Going back to the banks/Madoff types, SnL etc can we really expect those people not be held accountable? Not to be regulated, very strictly given what has transpired and how much of our tax dollars, yet again have been diverted from social programs and schools, to bail these greedy idiots out? The DEA investigation into his death is going to cost millions. Odd analogies on my part but hopefully you see what I mean.

Regulation and consequences are a good thing for these Hollywood pill pushers and Dr Feelgoods. THOSE are the doctors who are wallowing in cash. I agree the good old county doctors don't see that kind of money

Can you blame a desperate person who is physically weak and unable to sleep for seeking out a pusher of downers? That is a tough one. Not all of us can relax with the lavender oil, Valerian root and whale music. If only we all could.

While watching all the great footage, try to ignore the media snake pit around Micheal's death, all these really racist white pundits and a few who should know better are speaking on Jackson and interviewing people. A who did their best they want drama from and like I said, they want to act like "so much has changed and the bad old days are gone"

Jackson was acquitted by an all-white jury and Jerry Lee Lewis married his 13 year old blood cousin (whom he started dating at 12) and has a postage stamp. Phil Spector blows a woman's head off and his bail is 2 million dollars less than Michael Jackson's?

In between the lines, the press in the US and the UK is really reaching to justify the lies and the yellow journalism that contributed to his death. If Martin Bashir, for example was so 'worried and disturbed" by MJ's actions why did he not contact authorities instead of creating some self serving documentary where Bashir, an Asian with a white Anglo saxon wife accuses Jackson of having kids that are "really light" and spends most of the time judging his lifestyle as if he was the first weird pop star to spend too much money and get plastic surgery.

Yes, MJ, as multi-millionaire, showed too much trust, obvious bad judgment in how you invite children and their families into your home. I know from being a nanny how huge a step, potentially life altering, it is of walking into the space of others when children are involved and my experiences were mostly positive.

At this point I can't see where Jackson ever became a self sufficient independent man from being a 6 year old singing in Gary Indiana strip clubs to understands basics of societal norms but yes, he has a huge amount of responsibility in his life, even if many of us can't see where. As a Tibetan/Zen Buddhist my mom made a good point, that he was looking forward to his comeback, and to something hugely wonderful and happy right as he passed. He was on massive up, working again, being loved by his fellow stage performers, lots of positive energy going his way, so important for passage to the next life if you believe in reincarnation or resurrection or just the human spirit a finite.

Comment #15 by Susan on July 4, 2009 - 10:30pm

Re: "Yes, MJ, as multi-millionaire, showed too much trust, obvious bad judgment..."

Come on. You're making him seem like a victim of these children when he was really a master manipulator who managed not to take any responsibilty for his own life. He isolated himself because he had to hide his behavior. And I don't just mean drug addiction.

Everybody says that he was surrounded by leeches who took avantage of him, but like attracts like. When you live a dishonest life and you use and manipulate people, you attract people who live the same way.

Comment #16 by Amy on July 4, 2009 - 11:24pm

I don't agree with you, Super Amanda, but I understand what you mean.

It seems like the topic is changing to Michael Jackson's child molestation charges, but for the record, none of my comments were referring to that stuff. The choices I mentioned refer to the recent speculation (and more than likely truth) of Michael Jackson's death resulting from improperly used medication. I honestly don't know what to think of the child molestation charges so I won't comment on that.

Comment #17 by Super Amanda on July 5, 2009 - 12:52am

Once again, he was acquitted on alleged charges by an all-white jury and I believe he was innocent. If anyone would believe the US media and the US establishment after what they did to Paul Robeson destroying him, the most famous man in the world at one time, if anyone would buy the vilification that is visited on Black male mavericks yet miraculously white washes reality when it comes to white pedophiles like Jerry Lee Lewis and Charlie Chaplin, then you are at least partially brainwashed by the media.

The media is so incredibly racist and bias when it comes to black men and people of color that anyone who would not seriously question EVERYTHING they read and hear is lining up for the Eddie "Rochester" Anderson role.

No thanks boss.

Comment #18 by Anonymous on July 5, 2009 - 1:51am

How long ago was Paul Robeson?

You can't explain away Michael's own comments on the Bashir video while the little cancer patient was sitting next to him. After he settled the first case he went out and found another kid from a dysfunctional family to have slumber parties with. That was nobody's fault but his own. He was a grown man responsible for his own decisions. I know that he was an abused child who was exploited, but once he became an adult he was responsible for his actions.

Anyway, my point is that Michael was not a victim of those kids or their families. Get real. Not taking responsibilty and playing the victim well into your 30s, 40s is a form of manipulation.

I think he had a serious problem and couldn't stop himself. Hence, the isolation and the drug use. It's too bad that with all that money he couldn't get real help.

Comment #19 by Super Amanda on July 5, 2009 - 3:32am

"How long ago was Paul Robeson? "

??? Exactly my point. He should be as important today as Dr King, he certainly was much more far reaching and internationally active in helping Africans world wide. There would have NEVER been an Obama, a Malcolm, Belafonte, Poitier, Jackson or Dr. King without Robeson. More people know about Charles Manson and The Hills than Paul Robeson and that's no accident. How long ago means nothing, he was erased, by black cowards in the NAACP like Walter White and Roy Wilkins as well as the white supremacist US establishment and media.

Once again, because of that very serious example, I don't trust the media at all and most who vilify Jackson (not necessarily you) are repeating back exactly what the media has told them to think like tape looped robots.

"You can't explain away Micheal's own comments on the Bashir video while the little cancer patient was sitting next to him"

I don't have to, the little cancer victim was the child of two mentally unstable spousal abusing ambulance chasing parents who were known extortionists, it was so obviously about money and a frame up if you read the facts.

Jackson explained himself, came off bizarrely, was put on trial for it with zero dna or concrete evidence and then acquitted. Gary Condit was recently exonerated as well and NO ONE thought he was innocent but he was. Meanwhile Gary Glitter, who raped two 10 year old Vietnamese girls, served three years is still making millions in the US via commercial usage of his music (he is blacklisted in the UK) and no one in the sports establishments/ad agencies or everyday life seem to care. Had they been white American or British girls he'd have been hanged.

Guaranteed the "madonna effect" of solvent white people going into Africa countries without clear adoption framework, buying children, begging for a media pity party when her appeals are denied and subsequently trafficking them out, is going to have far reaching consequences in fostering child sexual abuse than any alleged Michael Jackson allegations.

http://www.oprah.com/slideshow/oprahshow/oprahshow2_ss_20060117

How many Malawian Mashas on the horizon now ? Will anyone care if they on the internet for sale but are not European? That is far more serious issue than any suspicions Jackson ever engendered via an abusive childhood that he obviously never eclipsed.

Comment #20 by Asha on July 7, 2009 - 5:46am

Well, I think it's unfortunate that one would even have to suggest that Michael Jackson could've lived without the songs. He did what he wanted to do. And we loved it. We still do. I dare you to not move when a MJ song comes on. The price of it all? Well, nothing worth value is really free. We all know that. It's unfortunate that he made some fatal decisions with his life, but no one can argue with what is. It's sad that we have to put his life under a microscope. He's only a human. Just like you. Just like me.

Comment #21 by rebecca on July 7, 2009 - 9:22am

I think it's sad he had no choice.

But yes, yes, only human. Our saving grace. 

Comment #22 by Anonymous on July 12, 2009 - 6:54am

Rebecca,

I read your article at huffingtonpost. I watched every minute of Michael's memorial, and sobbed. I actually sobbed. You're right. That moment was all about me, my sisters, my cousins, Black girls and boys who grew up grooving to and being inspired by Michael. I "met" Michael through his music when I was five-years-old; that was thirty-one years ago! That Michael. I remember reading somewhere where Cher said that as a child (teen?) Michael was drawn to her jewel-studded socks (compliments of Mackie). I thought, aha! It made me smile...seemed to provide some sort of insight. As (early) famous and untouchable as he was, he was also a boy and man mesmerized by "the show," and wanting, desiring, even, to give good "show." I'm sorry that he is gone. as we know, whether gilded or shabby, a cage is no place for any of us. I appreciate your straightforward read on the matter.

Comment #23 by sheila on December 3, 2009 - 9:03am

I believe Michael Jackson was a very gifted and talented entertainer. I grew up on his stuff and enjoyed it. He had a beautiful voice and was a hip dancer. He wasn't a bad looking guy, either. He did better than I could ever do. Many of his songs had a spiritual air to them. He did a lot of cool humanitarian stuff too. As cool as all that was, gifts and talents alone don't make you as a person. Michael Jackson was missing something in his soul as a person that his gifts and talent could have never given him. He also talked alot about how he liked to escape into fantasy to deal with being lonely. Michael was looking for show-business and fantasy to give him only what God could have given him...real peace and fulfillment in his soul.

Eventhough, I am sad that he passed away,I still did not know Michael Jackson apart from what I've seen of him in show-business. Knowing ABOUT somebody who is in the public eye is not the same thing as knowing somebody on a personal level. You just don't get to know a persons' true character through entertainment and the media. You only really get to know people through PERSONAL interaction with them. Just because we have a one-time meet and greet with someone doesnt't mean that we get to know them, either. I don't care how much we want to be with the stars and chase them down. I don't care how much we want to be them or be like them.I don't care how much we THINK we know about them. IF WE WERE NEVER A PART OF THEIR PERSONAL LIFE ASIDE FROM SHOW-BUSINESS TO BEGIN WITH, WE STILL DON'T REALLY KNOW THEM and MANY OF US NEVER WILL. You ask "What about Michael?". Well...here goes...

You know,the sad thing about this whole thing is that many of the people in the mass media, many of his fans,and the general public as a whole have no clue who Michael Jackson really was as a person. We only knew Michael Jackson, the Icon. We just guess,slander,gossip and run away with our own fantasies about who we THINK he was and what we wish we could have had with him. And all the fighting between the mass media, the fans and the haters is just a waste of time. They are all fighting over someone that they don't even really know anything about.

People get so caught up in that whole "media/fan/hater" circus that they never get around to finding out what they are trying to find out about these people,anyway. Truth always eludes gossips, haters, and nosy people. Many of them don't WANT to know the truth anyway 'cause they are so caught up in their own fantasies of what they THINK is happening. People have even violated the star's space and privacy to get to him. I'm sure that we(the public)don't want some stranger violating our privacy. Why do it to these people who we really don't know? Violating them certainly won't help you to know them either. Please understand that there is nothing there to find out anyway. The same shit goes on with the stars that goes on with everybody else. Even being a fan who followed Michael Jackson's entire public career is not the same thing as knowing HIM personally. Leave all of that private stuff between God, Michael Jackson, and the people who REALLY knew and loved him. Remember Michael Jackson for the good things that he did publicly,while he was here.

What you said about people who consume, exalt and imprison entertainers is so true. People tend to get blinded by celebrity. They think that there is something more to celebrity than what there really is. People even worship celebrity and think that the entertainers are gods. Michael Jackson was treated this way. Michael Jackson couldn't go out anywhere, most of the time, without getting mobbed by people. The sad part about it is that MICHAEL JACKSON LOVED EVERY BIT OF IT because he was a stargazer, too. He is considered to be an ICON around the world. The problem is that many people forget that Michael Jackson was still only a human being with faults and frailties just like the rest of us humans. In private, he lived the same way the rest of humanity lives. And he died the same way the rest of humanity dies.

Many people of the public don't really care about celebrities' feelings or privacy. They only want to be seen with their favorate star and to "get a piece of them". These people only care about themselves and what they can take from celebrities. That was going on with Michael Jackson. Many of the people in his life only used him for their own gain. They just picked him apart until there was nothing left of him. Michael was lonely and starved for approval from other people, and thought that he could buy love and companionship with his talent,money, and gifts. So he just fed off of the whole thing like a sponge,also. Michael Jackson was addicted to the fame,the fortune and the adulation. He was looking for love in all the wrong places so he mistook this treatment for true love but it really isn't love at all.

Also,people don't understand that entertainers have images of themselves that they put together for the public. They only tell the public what they WANT to tell us. And much of what they tell us is not even the truth. But people believe these entertainers and bow down to their images,even if they know that the stuff that we are being told is not true. Show-business is all about image and theatrics. Michael Jackson went on and on about how he lost his childhood to show-business. Sad thing about that was that he didn't only lose his childhood, he lost HIMSELF to show-business, altogether. He went on and on with how the media kept fucking with him, and the whole "Wacko Jacko" thing,too. Michael Jackson may have complained about all of this shit but he still LOVED IT even more! And he did not want to change any of it for any thing in the world. He loved all of the madness too much to leave it behind. Much of that stuff was also a big part of his public image.

Please understand, Michael Jackson mastered the art of entertainment. He was a master showman who knew how to PERFORM, on and off-stage. He knew how to "play" the mass media to his advantage, also...He knew exactly what he was doing. He's been at it since he was a little kid and he learned from the best stars in the entertainment business. That is a large part of why he made it to the top of the charts, but neither his talent nor any of that other shit that was happening kept him there. Unfortunately, the same thing happened to Michael Jackson that happens to many other talented and gifted entertainers all over the world. He got caught up in the the Black Hole and got swallowed up in the end.

Comment #24 by Anonymous on July 9, 2010 - 8:43am

Please understand, Michael Jackson mastered the art of entertainment. He was a master showman who knew how to PERFORM, on and off-stage. He knew how to "play" the mass media to his advantage, also...He knew exactly what he was doing. He's been at it since he was a little kid and he learned from the best stars in the entertainment business. That is a large part of why he made it to the top of the charts, but neither his talent nor any of that other shit that was happening kept him there. Unfortunately, the same thing happened to Michael Jackson that happens to many other talented and gifted entertainers all over the world. He got caught up in the the Black Hole and got swallowed up in the end.

Comment #25 by Womens swim shorts on July 29, 2010 - 1:27pm

I don't believe a person's talent or even influence should make other people hold them any less accountable than anyone else.

Comment #26 by Baba on August 9, 2010 - 9:02pm

Jackson was great ! Great people die soon :(

Comment #27 by Website Design on August 29, 2010 - 5:18pm

MJ was awesome! His story is that of a sad fairy tale.

Comment #28 by Best Multivitamin for Men on November 6, 2010 - 9:57pm

"Rock With You" is definitely my favorite song of his. I really don't know enough about Michael Jackson to judge him as a good or bad person.

Comment #29 by lupus symptoms on January 5, 2011 - 11:29am

Michael Jackson went on and on about how he lost his childhood to show-business. Sad thing about that was that he didn't only lose his childhood, he lost HIMSELF to show-business, altogether. He went on and on with how the media kept fucking with him, and the whole "Wacko Jacko" thing,too. Michael Jackson may have complained about all of this shit but he still LOVED IT even more! And he did not want to change any of it for any thing in the world. He loved all of the madness too much to leave it behind. Much of that stuff was also a big part of his public image.

Comment #30 by Theodore on January 5, 2011 - 2:52pm

First of all, I would not want to have to put up with half of the pressure that MJ had to on a daily basis. Society makes gods of the talented, and then is so quick to vilify them when they don't deliver under the pressure. I am amazed whenever I see a superstar who can maintain their sanity and dignity through it all. Am I saying that the pressure or their status gives them a pass on responsibility? Absolutely not. Every single person is responsible for their actions and destiny. What I am saying, however, is that we should give grace whenever possible, guidance where it is needed, and always keep each other accountable. Regardless of our status.

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Comment #32 by shingles symptoms on January 18, 2011 - 1:43pm

Absolutely not. Every single person is responsible for their actions and destiny. What I am saying, however, is that we should give grace whenever possible, guidance where it is needed, and always keep each other accountable. Regardless of our status.

Comment #33 by Medical Travel Insurance on February 19, 2011 - 9:19pm

I think it was Michael Jackson's childhood, not necessarily his fame, that created the platform for his loneliness. He grew up in an abusive home. That type of upbringing effects people in deep, horrifying ways. I think it's heartbreaking what those kids had to go through while they tried to grow up. He didn't have a childhood because he was forced to travel and perform. I wonder if, as a child, he wished for a more simple life.

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Comment #35 by ibs symptoms on April 5, 2011 - 4:25pm

Michael Jackson is a talented artist. He's totally different when he is on stage.

Comment #36 by Ernard1 on April 11, 2011 - 6:09am

No doubt about that he is a great artist and rock star of the millennium, but at the very early stage of his career we all found some controversial matters happened there, but still people loves music and songs and I must feel that every person was responsible for his/her action, destiny and image among public.
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Comment #37 by online criminal justice course on April 11, 2011 - 4:37pm

Yeah He was the man who took place in the heart of all people who loves music not only in USA but also all over the world.We always love him and we will always miss him.

Comment #38 by campaign buttons on April 25, 2011 - 5:57am

Michael Jackson was a name which reflects dance and music in his personality.Many of his fans are there dying to meet him but unfortunately he was so lonely in his life and was unable to depict his feelings with anyone.Even after his death he remain in heart of his billions of fans which is a big achievement for him.
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Comment #39 by Searchlight Rental Florida on April 26, 2011 - 12:46am

People have a tendency to villanize celebrities. I think he was a kind person who, like so many other wealthy, famous eccentric people, fell victim to an unscrupulous few around him. I feel sorry for his children who loved him very much. They are now thrust intot he family politics that he tried so hard to avoid.

Comment #40 by dean8633 on May 17, 2011 - 5:22am

I was better to know him as a musical sensation of the millennium, he was such a multi-talented personality of the music world and a well known faced of the show business, personally I was been a huge fan of this rock star and loves all his tacks.
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Michael Jackson the king of the pop and a multi talented music icon and the best entertainer of the world, at the very early stage of his success career he falls in many controversies but doubtfully he was unquestionably the biggest pop star of the '80s.

Comment #42 by Professional Email Marketing on May 19, 2011 - 6:55am

Michael Jackson the name is enough to clarify the personality the evergreen performer of the decade, he is one of the best ever American recording artist and the musical sensation fans must pay their respects to his noble and time honored profession.

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Comment #44 by old car on June 1, 2011 - 7:21pm

Are we any responsible for his woes and encroachments on his private life. I feel guilt of over emphasizing these celebrities beyond their gifted talents. We should leave them alone. They shouldn't feel being watched throughout the day.

Comment #45 by aquacel on September 9, 2011 - 11:18pm

Michael Jackson will always be a legend.

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Michael Jackson was greatest pop we had and no one can take his place .

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