Today, we said goodbye to Michael Jackson. Again.
Yes, the coverage has been nonstop and I do mean it that way. But, also, I think in a sense we said goodbye to Michael Jackson a looooooong time ago.
Despite what Al Sharpton thinks or what we’re told he endured, Michael Jackson was odd. Long ago his behavior verved off into the kind of territory that all his friends at today’s memorial should have challenged.
Leaving aside the very real possibility that Michael Jackson hurt kids, at the very least, by his own admission, Jackson engaged in conduct that was indefensible. Can you think of another adult male that people would actually bother trying to defend if he admitted to having other people’s kids routinely sleep in his bed? I can’t.
The deification of Michael Jackson is of course ridiculous. He was a terrific entertainer and a pop icon who will long be remembered. He did not, however, save the world. The closest he got was writing “Man In The Mirror” in which he urged us to look inward to bring change to this planet.
Good advice. He should have heeded it more strongly too.
I understand that people are hurting and some of them actually even knew Michael Jackson. I wish nothing but peace and comfort to his children, family and friends, I really do.
Still, I can’t help but point out some of the hypocrisy at today’s ceremony.
First off, Al Sharpton. I think his telling Jackson’s kids that there was nothing strange about their daddy was understandable if he was only trying to make them feel better. But come on. Jackson was strange. He did strange things. There’s simply no disputing that. Would Al Sharpton let his kids have a sleepover at Jackson’s house were he still alive? I’m guessing not.
A lot of the tone of people’s comments had to do with ALL that he endured. First off, once Michael Jackson was an adult, he brought ALL of that on himself. Nothing bothers me more than people who are driven to seek fame only to complain about its horrible downside.
It’s not like Michael pulled a Greta Garbo. He didn’t leave the spotlight. His own friends will tell you he was a genius at self-promotion. Just before he died, in fact, we all know he was rehearsing for a 50 night stand in London.
So which is it? Did Michael want to be famous or was it all too much for him? I’m betting on the first option.
Finally, people speak about Jackson’s childhood and how much he had to go through that a kid just should have to deal with. I don’t dispute any of that. From what we hear, Jackson did have a pretty crummy childhood and was forced to grow up way too soon. So, what would that lead us to believe?
Hmmmm…. Perhaps children are best left out of the spotlight. Jackson, in his own wacky way, seemed to understand that keeping his own kids out of the public eye by having them wear masks.
So, who do you get to sing at the memorial? Some 12 year old singing sensation from the UK.
And the cycle goes on…