Friday, June 26, 2009
we will miss you, Michael!
Unfortunately, I never got to see Michael Jackson perform live, it was a wish and goal of mine for a very long time. He was of course THE greatest performer and entertainer that this world has ever seen and his influence is fluid. The man behind the music had many troubling issues and cases as many of us know but I truly believe that a man of his stature and with his popularity was bound to be conflicted by much more than his art. In the past 24hours I have mostly heard the beautiful affect Michael has had on people and then slowly but surely there were disgusting and rude comments made about his death in reference to his child molestation cases.
I want to make sure I say this, Michael did not mess with them kids, and if these sorry disgrace of human beings cant see that in the midst of all the media frenzy, I am utterly ashamed and completely disgusted. Michael loved children, he was simply a man that lost his childhood so that he could make music for us. He gave an ultimate sacrifice and because of this, the poor man revered childhood in the most magical of ways, truly he reminded us that children are simply little people that deserve to be listened to and appreciated. I believe that many people have taken advantage of Michael's kindness and his innocence. Michael fought for children's rights and believed that children deserved a special day devoted to them much like mothers day or fathers day. His children were the heart of his life and I can not understand how anyone who has ever watched Michael speak of children could find anything different in his true love for the spring of youth.
I am aware that Michael has been an extremly controversial figure but it seems that all of these accusations have held no water when confronted by legal officials. It seems that many of these accusations were falsified and fabricated truths. I believe that Michael may have shared his bed with children but I strongly do not believe he has ever dealt with children in any violating way. Michael believed that sharing your bed, the place where one lays their head, is one of the nicest and most childish things one can do. He handled it as a gesture of love and concern rather than how the rest of the accusing world did, they portrayed this image as a very distasteful and perverted gesture.
I truly hope that people look at the depth and complexity of Michael Jackson's life. Michael was a mystery to many of us and his dizzying response to the world has confused many. But all in all this man grew up before the world and his life portrayed celebrity tribulation at its best. His self criticism is perhaps the most disheartening, i think as much as people loved and revered Michael, there was a lot he did not feel and that did not resonate with his self-image and internal conflicts. People need to come together in this time and remember an amazing and incredible force in the lives of many many individuals. Michael Jackson's music has played as the soundtrack for many generations. His creativity was luminous and his music was uplifting and inspiring always. He will forever play as an example of greatness and incredible work ethic, his passion and drive is nothing short of exemplary. Michael was neither "good" nor "bad," he was human and a highly complex individual who represented the best and worse in us all. Not to mention that Michael Jackson has transcended generational barriers and racial barriers. What saddens me most, is that such a great and amazing icon died in debt and alone in his home, the idea of such a lonely death for such an incredible world force is perhaps the most heartbreaking. Also, let us not forget how much Michael did for people, he provided numerous scholarships for people and did an extreme amount of charity work. I think he was an all around beautiful humanitarian and hoped for the best in us always. My prayers to the Jackson family. I am touched by his affect and the power he has had to move people, to inspire smiles and more importantly to spark the child in us all.
Here was a recent cartoon made by Mike Luckovich about his death...please feel free to respond:
One of my favorite Michael Jackson music videos, oh there were soo many...