I have to agree that in these tough times, the death of Michael Jackson is something fresh and different than economy or political issues, but so far, it’s been excessive. I also agree that Jackson was a great artist with many faces on the scene, such as dancing abilities, amazing voice, and modern dress style which, in a perfect combination, created a successful icon in pop history. Having said that, I also have to say that I’m fed up with reading about his death and the soap opera that mass media is creating.
This guy is not an example. With a tough childhood where his father used to physically punish him, Jackson developed a complex personality. Throughout his life, he had to look for refuge in drugs, to the point of death.
Jackson also rejected himself all his life. Due to his paranoiac search of the forever young, he was treated by several plastic surgeries, from his nose to his ears, lips, or eyes. He even developed a strange relationship with the black community who helped him to succeed. However, he rejected them by becoming as white as possible.
Last but not least, his relationship with children is highly objectionable, as an adult and as a father. He acknowledged several times that he liked to sleep with children. Last night, in one of his interviews with a major TV channel in the US, I saw again the images in which he held his son out of a hotel window in Berlin to show his baby to his fans as “proof” of how deeply he loved his sons.
I’m definitely fed up with reading, watching, and listening to news about his death, the investigation, the custody of his sons, the first and second autopsy, what is going to happen with his will, or how many people are going to attend the farewell ceremony. Enough is enough.
In Facebook there is an incipient group so-called NMMJ (No More Michael Jackson). Its description says “Michael Jackson is dead – wow. We should all tweet about it in the blogosphere, moonwalk around, wear silly hats, sport tight jeans and chop off our noses in His memory.” You can imagine that is a for-fun group, but at the end, they are right. This is too much.
There is one positive thing in all of this: last year, the Duch fund ABP bought the right of Jackson’s music, so the revenues have increased in value, and the beneficiaries are going to be pension people. At least, this entire crisis is going to have a positive side.