Skip to comments.Some Quick Thoughts on Michael Jackson
Posted on 06/26/2009 12:36:48 AM PDT by RobinMasters
Generally speaking, Im a believer in the rule that we should not speak ill of the dead. Or at least we should wait a decent interval before doing so (if we never spoke ill of the dead, history would be meaningless). But, I must say I find the medias instinctive rush to sanctify Michael Jackson disgusting.
Look, I understand that Michael Jackson was an "icon." I understand that some people loved his work and that many people who never met him believed they loved the man too.
But I didn't, and Im hardly alone. If Michael Jackson were just another famous person, Id probably stay silent and let the pro forma celebration of his memory roll by without comment. (For instance, I have no problem whatsoever with the media taking a moment to pay respects to Farah Fawcett).
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The news media, Fox News included, are making Michael Jackson a celebrated pedophile.
I heard that a fellow named John Merrick wants to buy Michael’s body.
Yes. Why not wait until AFTER the funeral? Then you can dance on his grave... such fun... Thriller REDUX.
It really would be nice if some here would try to have a semblance of feeling for his family and loved ones.
What’s up with all these ditsy threads on Freaky Mikey Jackson?
Personally I think Micheal died because he had lost his childhood. He was an extremely gifted human being who also lived a very blessed life but he burned out from the extreme spotlight. The last 10 to 15 years of his life were a sick tradegy.
The controversy that surrounded him will never be resolved fully but hopefully the good is never forgotten as well.
Micheal Jackson was a star from when he was a toddler almost. He never had a normal life. His life legacy will always be scarred but that scar is upon all of our culture and not just him alone.
Had he died long ago, before the skin-bleaching and the infant dangling, his legacy would have been different. Maybe Marilyn Monroe and James Dean had the right idea.
It is just as likely Micheal was extorted for money because he was such a messed up person who people would believe he might have done it.
So let’s all celebrate with some ‘Jesus juice’
Personally I think Micheal was suffering from some very serous issues that involved his self esteem and children but of course legally that may never be resolved now.
The last 10 to 15 years of his life he displayed some very troubling signs of this from his extreme plastic surgery to his feminization of himself to his obsession with children.
It’s more fun to hate him for unproven allegations that may or may not be true. Or it’s just hard for some people to hold more than a single idea in their head at time - that someone can be intensely talented, but at the same time intensely flawed and that one can celebrate someone’s talent without endorsing that person’s struggle with various demons.
Actually I think “Thriller” was a terrific album, and Michael Jackson was a terrific talent.
But man, was he weird.
Very nice. I was having some of the same thoughts last evening. I’m glad to see them addressed like this.
I believe that Michael never was at peace. He
reminds me of Elvis in that both were self destructive.
The real tragedy was his pedophilic activities. No one in the MSM held him accountable for his actions and that
It seemed to me that his music was directed at the early teen set. None of his music was adult-centered , and I'm not a fan of dancing pop stars anyway. So Jackson's appeal to me was zero. His death didn't affect me any more than Ed McMahon's death. What I really objected to the most was the lack of coverage of major news yesterday. I guess the big thinkers at the various news channels, including FOX, thought that the great majority of Americans were deeply affected by his death and didn't want to hear about the far more important world events. We have major events going on in Iran and elsewhere, and they choose wall-to-wall coverage of Jackson's death. That irritated me to no end.
Are people really this solipsistic? He was one of the biggest public figures of the modern era and sold more records than anyone else in history. Of course there's a lot of public interest in his story. But of course none of that matters because you didn't like him and the job of the media is to cater specifically to your personal interests.
Omg I had forgotten about the “Jesus juice.”
Geraldo said tonight that MJ had portraits of himself all over Neverland. Very weird.
I agree. It was very disappointing that the media gave Jackson non-stop coverage. There are way too many important things going on today for that. Fox should get a thrashing of e-mails for that. I am tired of celebrity worship by the news media. Jackson certainly dosen’t deserve it and nor do many others as well.
You said - “Geraldo said tonight that MJ had portraits of himself all over Neverland. Very weird.:”
That is probally so he could remember what he looked like being how freakingly he changed his appearence during the last ten years or so.
I guarantee you most people over fifty cared little about Jackson's life. I didn't know one friend who admitted to liking much less buying any of his music. In short, his career mattered very little to me and people my age (over fifty) and older. He sold millions of records? So have countless less talented (or no talented people and groups, Eminem, etal). Because you thought he was important doesn't make him important. His music is mostly forgettable. And no, I didn't care much for Elvis either.
He sure was very obsessive about every square millimeter of his face. More than any person I can think of.
Michael Jackson really touched me when i was a kid....
And those are a highly representative sample of the public. More solipsism.
He was a pervert and child molestor. Good riddance...
He completely repudiated both his gender and race.
A botched abortion!!!
Tell me where you rank Jackson's musical output in terms of importance i.e. compared to Bach, the Beatles, Robert Johnson, etc.
Slow news day reporters wait in bar for 5:00pm.
If anything, Michael Jacksons life, not his death, was tragic.
I feel sympathy for Jacksons family and friends who understandably mourn him. But I can't bring myself to mourn him any more than I mourn the random dead I read about in the paper everyday. Indeed, I confess to mourning him less.
Every channel says this is a sad day for America. I agree. But not for the same reasons.
This will knock the Gov. Mark Sanford fiasco off the front page. I’m sure the propaganda press and the DU trolls at FR had planned a two week long bash-fest. The untimely death of Mr. Jackson saves the republican party from embarrassing itself with whining, nation-wide mea culpas and beating itself over the head before the cameras, as planned by the liberal fascists.
RIP, Mr. Jackson. You did well.
The paradigm of excessively positive regard for celebrities will probably be finished within three years, especially in politics.
You can’t ignore that he’s sold more records than anyone else. That’s an objective fact. You may be a snob who holds himself above the public taste but I think that says more about you than about MJ’s music. I think his music rates highly. Only time can tell but I generally think that people will still listen to Jackson’s music for a long time to come because they are good songs that people can relate to.
Musically he can’t be compared to Elvis or The Beatles. They changed music and society- Michael did neither. To his credit he could perform and did record some catchy tunes, but James Brown was better, IMHO.
He’s another soul who’s now in a better place- hopefully?
I turned it off and went outside to water the plants.
Jackson's death leaves me with only the echo of his sparkling past...
Hmmmm, I don’t think I was dancing on his grave. I wasn’t a fan of his music and thought he was one really odd duck. His death just didn’t have much of an impact on me. His family is devasted and thats always a sad thing but does it warrent wall to wall coverage from the MSM?? There are other things going on in the world right now that will have a DIRECT impact on this nation. Jackson’s death is sad (he was a pitiful man), but lets not go nutty on this.
Now the DUmmies will claim that Karl Rove murdered Michael Jackson to take the heat off Mark Sanford.
I was never a big James Brown fan either, but at least Brown’s music was directed at a mature crowd. I can listen to “I Feel Good” and some of his other stuff without reaching for the dial. Jackson’s musical appeal was totally lost on me.
Name some of his songs that people, other than you, will listen to for a long time.
As a 51 year old white woman I’ll admit that the Jackson 5 was one of the first 45s I bought (Temptations Ball of Confusion was my first record). Grew up with bubblegum pop and Motown.
In gym in grammar school our teacher played pop music for us to run laps to. I remember “A B C”, “Stop the Love You Save” and oddly enough, “Take a Letter, Maria”, by some one-shot wonder whose name eludes me.
I remember the dawn of MTV as I graduated college and hit the working world. My new husband & I enjoyed Thriller and some “new wave” music.
Lost track of the newer music and I have become primarily a classic rock fan with a little of the new music thrown in. Jackson got just too weird for me to be able to watch or listen to. A shame; he was a talented performer and probably would have been able to leave a positive social mark with all his wealth if he hadn’t gone nuts.
Got a kick out of hearing my kids sing “I’ll be There” for their middle school graduation and thinking that Michael Jackson was from their generation.
Muawiyah, BTW, is still alive and kicking. He doesn't run with a bandit gang, race cars, or mess around with morphine.
But, we all strived to live large and beyond the expectations of others who prefer the quiet of home and TV-dinners.