For those of us who grew up in the “Off the Wall” and “Thriller” era of the late 70’s and early 80’s, we mourned the loss of Michael Jackson 20 years ago when he became something we didn’t recognize anymore. The “pop culture” mindset of our lives has not crossed paths with Michael Jackson for a long time. He hasn’t been in our thoughts or in our CD players for many years. We mourned the fact that the young black man, who broke down racial barriers through his music and his attitude, had turned into a mere shadow of himself, unrecognizable to us physically and plagued by accusations of pedophilia in horrific detail.
It is sad – sad when anybody dies as there are always friends and families who will be overcome with extreme sadness and disbelief. And most of us know what that feels like. But sadder, is an entire generation who wrote Michael off a long time ago. And now it is difficult to muster up the emotions again. I can’t say that I miss him or his music. When I look back at clips of him singing, and I mean really singing, it blows my mind. When he was 10 years of, Michael Jackson could belt out a ballad or a dance tune with a full voice, and a full vibrato. He sang from his gut and from his diaphragm. That all stopped 20 years ago when his music became sounds and grunts and squeals. I had not heard him actually hold a note, like a real singer does, in years. His voice was meek. He sang like a frightened little girl. So yes, we mourned for Michael Jackson. We just don’t’ feel the need to do it again now.
No matter how talented Mr. Jackson was, it is difficult to get past the fact that he was accused of child molesting; and not just once. I believe there is some truth to this. I just don”t believe these allegations are accidental or part of some conspiracy. We’ve all heard the details. Maybe he never touched a child in the grotesque way that we all know can happen. But how close to the edge of molestation can you go before it actually IS molestation. Do we want to cut the slice that narrow? Do we want to say, “well he never actually penetrated a little boy with his penis or finger (sorry but it needs to be said) so he’s not guilty. Or maybe “well, they were naked together but he only briefly rubbed up against the 12 year old boy after giving him some Jesus Juice”. While he was acquitted, I don’t need a legal dictionary to define a crime; or what is inappropriate.
All of that aside, my personal belief is that Michael Jackson struggled with a lot of things, mentally, emotionally, physically, and financially; all affecting how the world saw him and how he saw himself. He was at times indignant about the way the public perceived him; as if he had no responsibility in the matter.
So Michael Jackson has now died. He was preparing for a “come back” tour and nobody knows how that would have all turned out. Maybe at 50 years old he mellowed a bit and understood how is actions with young children have consequences.
I mean no disrespect by anything in this posting. This is simply my opinion of the events as I see them. I do feel badly for his family. I wish the media would leave them alone. But I also wish the media would leave US alone.