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Did Michael Jackson’s death bring him “redemption”?

June 26, 2009
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Everyone in the world has to know that Michael Jackson died yesterday afternoon.  Thanks to the media frenzy, you’d have to live under a rock not to have heard.  His death, without doubt,  trumped the coverage of the deaths of Farrah Fawcett and Ed McMahon. (do deaths of famous people really always come in threes?  Where did that old wive’s tale come from anyway?)

The thing that strikes me most about the passing of Michael Jackson is this.  The media is lavishing praise on him and giving his death 24 hour coverage.  They are calling him among other things: the most famous face in the world, a musical genius, an American icon, and the beloved  King of Pop.  They are speaking of him with great love and admiration.  Consequently, his music is once again selling like hotcakes, he’s the #1 download on the internet, and people are gathering in droves to mourn him.

WTF??   Until he died and the media started it’s spin, Michael Jackson had been reduced to a bad joke.   He was, in fact, the butt of hundreds if not thousands of jokes, and he appeared to have been  the most vilified celebrity on the planet.  He had been accused  of molesting young boys.  He was exonerated in a court of law, but that black cloud still hung over him.  Add to that  his  bizarre behavior and  alarming mutilation of his face (thanks to serial plastic surgery) and you can see how he earned the nickname, “Whacko Jacko”.  No one was calling him a “king”. His musical genius appeared to be all but forgotten, and he was broke to the tune of  500 million dollars.   His career had been at a virtual standstill for years. Even though he had recently sold out advance tickets to 50 concerts, it is doubtful he would ever have regained the popularity and financial security he had  from 1969 through the 90’s–that is until now.

At the end,  the only thing Michael Jackson appeared to really be guilty of was being weird, spending more money than he made, and being addicted to prescription drugs.  At the beginning he was also most certainly the victim of parents that allowed their children to be exploited for their own personal gain.  He was abused and used to the max by the very people that should have cared the most about him.  Not the first child to be used inJackson Five first album that way, but certainly the most famous. It’s an understatement to say that this man’s talent was also his cross to bear.

I find it unbelievably sad that it took death for Michael to gain what he sought most in life:  the restoration of his reputation, the respect of his peers, the recognition of his accomplishments, and the love of the public.  For his children’s sake, I hope the media, his family, and the people that were around him don’t turn his death into a circus on the scale of Anna Nicole Smith’s death, but I’d just about bet my original copy of the  Jackson Five’s first album (released in 1969) that this is exactly what is going to happen.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. MAND permalink
    June 26, 2009 6:49 pm

    Mystery…I could not agree more!!!

    Bet you’re right!!!

  2. niecey456 permalink
    June 26, 2009 7:31 pm

    Very Well Said!!! So sad that any human being should live such an unhappy life and not get what he wanted most until he died. He never got to be a kid at all, and I think that is why he was so child like on so many levels.
    He was abused as a child, I don’t think he could ever get past it.
    Such a shame. You spoke the truth Mystery and very well I might add.

  3. itsamysterytome permalink*
    June 26, 2009 7:41 pm

    Thanks Mand, Niecey,

    Michael Jackson has always seemed such a tragic figure to me. The way he mutilated his face says to me that he didn’t think much of himself which is hard to believe given the extent of his talent and the impact he has made on the music industry. My son said tonight that he really was bigger than Elvis or the Beatle and though I had never thought much about it before, I think he is right.

  4. Hilde permalink
    July 1, 2009 5:17 pm

    mystery, You summed it up very well.
    Michael Jackson had a Talent which we might not see anymore for a long time.
    He will be remembered for a long time, just like Elvis. In Both Cases we knew
    their Life’s would end in a tragic Way.
    They Both at One time had All the Money and Fame One could want, still
    they were very unhappy People inside.
    You said it mystery, Michael’s Talent was also his Cross to bear!
    I choose to remember Michael Jackson and his Talent as a Singer and Entertainer
    and the Good he has done for Humanity.
    He had a sad Life which started when he was a Child. His Choices he made
    later in Life were questionable.
    I believe he was a descent Human Being who was very sensitive to the Way he has been treated by so many. He acted out in a lot of Ways we thought was strange and didn’t understand. Michael Jackson is in Peace now.
    Now the Circus starts, we already seeing it everyday on the News, it really is kind of sickening but not surprising.
    Let’s just remember Michael Jackson as the talented Singer and Entertainer he was and leave it at that.
    I do feel for his Children he left behind, who I believe he loved very much.
    It is sad his Life ended that Way but really it shouldn’t been a Surprise.
    His Life ended the same Way he lived his Life, tragic. 😦

  5. itsamysterytome permalink*
    July 2, 2009 11:24 am

    Well said, Hilde.

    And I have to say, I really believe he was framed in the child molestation charges. I’ve been reading a lot of interviews with people that knew him well, and the people that accused him of that were money grubbers. They took advantage of his naivete and destroyed him. very sad indeed.

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