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Posted on Jun 27, 2009

By Eugene Robinson

    Many performers can impress or delight, but only a few can astonish. Michael Jackson did it twice. The first time was October 1969, when the hit single “I Want You Back” introduced a cherubic 11-year-old boy who sang with unbelievable maturity, soulfulness and swing. The second was March 1983, when the prodigy—now grown tall, thin and angular—moonwalked through an electrifying “Billie Jean,” leaving a national television audience slack-jawed at how effortlessly he defied the laws of physics.

    Jackson’s personal trajectory, though, was excruciating to watch. I’ve never put much stock in the idea that genius always devours those whom it favors. Jackson had flaws and weaknesses, to put it mildly, but so do we all. Money and celebrity make it possible for the rich and famous to succumb to their worst instincts. The blood-sucking parasites who surrounded Jackson all his life made that surrender not just possible but inevitable.

    From the beginning—from the moment when Joe and Katherine Jackson decided to mold their children not into a family but into an act—Michael was the meal ticket. No offense to Jackie, Marlon, Tito and Jermaine, but if they had auditioned for Motown’s Berry Gordy Jr. as the “Jackson 4,” he’d have sent them back to Gary, Ind., on the next bus. Michael was the star.

    Jackson has said his father used to beat him, perhaps because he was the “golden child.” Joe Jackson has always denied being physically abusive, but in a sense it doesn’t matter. It seems to me that attaching oneself to one’s young son like a leech and denying that boy any semblance of childhood qualifies as abuse.

    Michael Jackson once spoke in an interview of working late into the night in a studio across the street from a playground—and crying because he wanted to be playing on the swings and the slide, not singing the same song into a microphone again and again.

    On the road, Michael didn’t spend time with boys his own age. He bunked with his older brothers, who were past puberty—and who, quite naturally, had a keen interest in the groupies who would accost them backstage and ask to come up to the room. It’s not a stretch to imagine that Michael might emerge with some confused ideas and feelings about human sexuality.

    When Michael set out on his own, he was able to make his own decisions for the first time. But he had had no practice in making decisions, and while the career choices he made were superb—the albums he made at the beginning of his collaboration with über-producer Quincy Jones, “Off the Wall” and “Thriller,” are towering classics—his personal choices were incompetent, unwise and increasingly bizarre.

    The worst choice, of course, was the way he frolicked with children at his Neverland Ranch. Jackson was acquitted of child molestation charges, but he also paid a reported eight-figure settlement to the family of one alleged victim. Let me be clear that no childhood trauma would excuse molestation. My question, though, is where were the staff members and the agents and the hangers-on—and the loving family members—who had an inkling that all might not be right at Neverland? Did they choose to look the other way?

    I believe Jackson’s story that he suffered from the skin disease vitiligo—though I don’t believe that vitiligo or any other infirmity was the reason for the disfiguring plastic surgery that turned his face into a pale, taut mask. It had to be self-hatred—not necessarily an attempt to make himself “white” but to make himself hideous.

    I also believe his story that he became dependent on painkillers while recovering from the accident in which he was badly burned while making a Pepsi commercial. New-age guru and author Deepak Chopra, who considered Jackson a friend for more than 20 years, told CNN Friday that Jackson was a chronic abuser of OxyContin, Demerol and other heavy-duty drugs.

    Others were in the house off Sunset Drive where Jackson stopped breathing, including the entertainer’s personal physician. At the time of his death, Jackson was trying to push himself through an arduous rehearsal schedule to prepare for a 50-concert extravaganza in London—50 grueling concerts at 50 years of age. He was weary. He was in pain.

    Jackson’s sycophants cared only about keeping the meal ticket happy. Even if only in self-interest, they should have cared more about keeping him alive.
   
    Eugene Robinson’s e-mail address is eugenerobinson(at)washpost.com.
   
    © 2009, Washington Post Writers Group

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By yours truly, July 3, 2009 at 9:09 pm Link to this comment
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What with so much time and energy being devoted to the memory of the now deceased Michael Jackson, no wonder so few of us have enough energy left to involve ourselves in matters such as troops out now from Afghanistan/Iraq/Pakestan, Medicare for all and the reversal of global warming.  Granted that fawning over celebrities, whether alive or dead, can be a welcome diversion from the daily grind, but all diversion and little or no engagement in the struggles of the day, removes one from the fray.  And since time’s running out on account of perpetual war + global warming + economic collapse = doomsday, yet with many of us fixated on celebrity, what chance, change we can believe in?

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By camnai, July 2, 2009 at 9:40 pm Link to this comment
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Fred Astaire once said Michael Jackson was a better dancer than he was…hmm…I don’t know enough about dancing to judge, but by all accounts Fred Astaire was a very nice man who enjoyed saying nice things about people. Do we have any dancers who might want to comment? I don’t know how much of Jackson’s routines he choreographed himself (which if he did would make him a choreographer rather than a dancer), but to my untrained eye some of the people behind him are moving just as well as he is, if not better.

For a singer, he was a good dancer. For a dancer, he was a good singer. For a singer and a dancer, he was a good songwriter. But he was no Nureyev, he was no Paul Robeson, he was no Paul McCartney or Irving Berlin. He fused a lot of elements at a very high level, but he didn’t break new ground. (Whereas Fred Astaire did).

MJ was an entertainer; he had a lot of fans, he entertained them very well, they loved him, and they are sad about his death. For what it’s worth, they have my commiserations.

The Princess Di thing was a comment on the attention his death has brought. Obviously he was a better singer, dancer, choreographer, songwriter, and possibly even guitar player, bassist, drummer, and keyboard player than she was. I would have liked him more, though, if mental illness hadn’t caused him to put so much effort into being prettier.

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By Sepharad, July 2, 2009 at 6:38 pm Link to this comment

Prodigies and child geniuses are often weird and not nbormally socialized. Mozart for example. Give the guy some rope—he did leave a will to friends he trusted to look after his children’s interests.

RIP, Michael Jackson.

PS—to whoever posted that we’re seeing a frenzied Diana thing here, the differnence is that MJ was a uniquely, awesomely talented individual. Fred Astaire once said MJ was a better dancer than he was.

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By Blackspeare, July 2, 2009 at 10:02 am Link to this comment

With a comprehensive and sophisticated marketing campaign, like EP and others, MJ will be worth more dead than alive!  And do not worry, sightings of MJ in various cities are about to erupt.  Also, there are many career opportunities for MJ impersonators.  Also, its kind of sad and ironic that FF got short-changed on her last hurrah.

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By ardee, July 2, 2009 at 3:01 am Link to this comment

Outraged, July 2 at 1:39 am

But I am far from done with you, outraged, can you hear me now?

The postings on this, or any forum, are public content, and subject to the comments and criticisms of others. You should know this , if there is any spark of humanity left within you that is.

I have read your hate filled and sophomoric screeds for long enough sans comment, now I comment.

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By Outraged, July 1, 2009 at 10:39 pm Link to this comment

Re: ardee

My comment, “I’m done ardee.  Simply done.” you seemed NOT to understand.  So I reposted by saying,

“For clarification.
Done with you ardee, done with you.”

Apparently, you find it difficult grasp, but I’ll try to clarify AGAIN…..

I’m done, I’m done with you ardee AND could care less what you think.  (“can you here me now….”)

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By camnai, July 1, 2009 at 5:01 am Link to this comment
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I swore I wasn’t going to add my two cents worth on Michael Jackson’s passing, so here it is. For someone, even at the advanced age of 50, who likes being on stage and who is in normal physical condition, 50 shows with no travelling should not be that ‘grueling’. Another article said that he was ‘rehearsing hard: 6 hours a day, 4 days a week’...which sounds to me like nice work if you can get it, especially when I doubt he was planning on actually singing, anyway. Of course, if you’re a sad and lonely physical and mental wreck who only feels alive when other people are applauding, the fear that after ten years of idleness they might not applaud this time could be quite intimidating. Without wishing to impugn his talent or his accomplishments, or to insult those many people with the temerity to like a performer that I never particularly did, I really feel that here we’re seeing Princess Diana redux.

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By ardee, July 1, 2009 at 3:30 am Link to this comment

Outraged, June 30 at 7:32 pm

Do you not understand the attempt to close off the thoughts of others, especially when those thoughts are couched in abuse-free language, marks you well?

I think you an intelligent person, but a troubled one. I think you let your testosterone and adrenaline rushes guide you rather than allow the light of reason and good judgment to mark your efforts. We are all human and , from time to time, we all succumb to emotionalism, but you engage in a steady diet of abuse rather than a logical and rational dialogue.

A real pity that, mostly because it doesn’t allow you to be a part of any solution.

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By Andrea, June 30, 2009 at 9:33 pm Link to this comment
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You guys are cracking me up. Outraged, you were in debate in high school, huh?

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By Outraged, June 30, 2009 at 4:32 pm Link to this comment

For clarification.

Done with you ardee, done with you.

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By ardee, June 30, 2009 at 2:47 pm Link to this comment

Why the sudden influx of degenerates and liars at Truthdig…..?

Aside from the statement that you were done, I wonder why it is that anyone holding a differing opinion from yours is automatically classified as “degenerate or liar”.

This speaks to problems of your own, outraged, really it does. I do not say this to provoke, but only to attempt to get you to see how your efforts here are filled with anger, rage almost, and that this distorts both your ability to understand the ideas of others and to formulate worthwhile responses as well.

Of course no one is born trash, all thinking folks understand this, but noone deserves such from you either, and this you seem not to understand, sadly.

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By Outraged, June 30, 2009 at 11:57 am Link to this comment

Re: Maia

Your comment: “He was born trash and he died trash…Amazingly talented trash to be sure.  I predict a similar end for Britney Spears.”

NO ONE is born trash.  That’s vicious and uncalled for.  You need a life.

Why the sudden influx of degenerates and liars at Truthdig…..?

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By Maia, June 30, 2009 at 8:08 am Link to this comment
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He was born trash and he died trash…Amazingly talented trash to be sure.  I predict a similar end for Britney Spears.  It takes a rare person to stand strong through the sudden onslaught of fame, with a strong and loving family, and trash doesn’t have that.

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By ardee, June 30, 2009 at 3:38 am Link to this comment

I’m done ardee.  Simply done.

If only outraged if only.

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By Outraged, June 29, 2009 at 3:57 pm Link to this comment

“Where on earth did you get the impresiopn that I said or believed Michael Jackson to be lying about his childhood abuse? Can you point to any words of mine that might have given you this impression? The line you cite refers exactly to that abuse in fact, what on earth is your problem? Damn,you are aptly named.”

Check again, ardee.  Here’s what I said:

“By your standard MJ was simply lying about his father and others he claimed abused him.  Was anyone ever CONVICTED for what was done to Michael, THE CHILD.  Since no one was CONVICTED, all of MJ’s stories must be pure bunk….. at least according to you.  Why do you count ONLY MJ’s torturous childhood and ignore the pleas of these other children.  So easily you discount them.  Someone’s “attacked” your hero, the “king”, the image and eventually the PURE FICTION.”

Tell me ardee, how do you qualify YOUR assertion that Michael Jackson was abused…..?  No one was convicted.

According to your logic(in other words YOU) since no one was convicted, NO CRIME occurred, therefore… no abuse.  If that is true, then Michael would HAVE to be lying about his abuse…..do you follow my point?  Which said “By your standard” and “Since no one was CONVICTED, all of MJ’s stories must be pure bunk….. at least according to you.” 

According to your reasoning…..according to your reasoning ardee, do you see my point?  Or, in other words,

WHY IS IT YOU ARE SO CERTAIN MICHAEL JACKSON ISN’T LYING ABOUT HIS CHILDHOOD ABUSE, BUT THE OTHER CHILDREN ARE….?  since no one was convicted in either case

Your comment: again, no conviction, no crime.

That’s biased.

If you say MJ never abused anyone because he was not convicted, THEN LOGIC DEMANDS, that since no one was convicted for Michael Jackson’s childhood abuse, then there was no abuse.  But that’s NOT what you are saying.  You are saying Michael was abused (even though no one was convicted) and at the same time saying, that the OTHER CHILDREN were not abused because no one was convicted.

Your comment: again, no conviction, no crime.

Then you say: I have not denied Michael being an abused child, in several ways in fact,

And: Joe Jackson may have been the father from hell

There’s NO logic in that.

Regarding your comments:

“Is it possible for you to discuss an issue without name calling and innuendo.

I sit possible for ou to discuss an issue, any issue, without getting personally involved and emotionally off the hook?

you are aptly named”

I’m done ardee.  Simply done.

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By ardee, June 29, 2009 at 1:04 pm Link to this comment

Outraged, June 29 at 2:33 pm #


Re: ardee

Your comments: “who remained unconvicted of any charges, was what it is assumed him to be.

Joe Jackson wasn’t CONVICTED of anything either, so I suppose he’s simply not guilty.

Exactly, Outraged, he remains unconvicted of any crme thus, by law, he is not guilty. You may not like it , you may not believe it, but the law is what it is, and I for one am grateful. Joe Jackson may have been the father from hell, but he is not a convicted felon, only a suspected one, by some.

“it seems a bit silly of you to insist that folks remain unscarred by the events of their childhood.”

By your standard MJ was simply lying about his father and others he claimed abused him.  Was anyone ever CONVICTED for what was done to Michael, THE CHILD.  Since no one was CONVICTED, all of MJ’s stories must be pure bunk….. at least according to you.  Why do you count ONLY MJ’s torturous childhood and ignore the pleas of these other children.  So easily you discount them.  Someone’s “attacked” your hero, the “king”, the image and eventually the PURE FICTION.

I sit possible for ou to discuss an issue, any issue, without getting personally involved and emotionally off the hook? Where on earth did you get the impresiopn that I said or believed Michael Jackson to be lying about his childhood abuse? Can you point to any words of mine that might have given you this impression? The line you cite refers exactly to that abuse in fact, what on earth is your problem? Damn,you are aptly named.
 
When MJ committed these crimes he was fourty plus years old, he KNEW what he was doing…. yes he did.  No amount of childhood trauma exonerates the crimes of fourty year old people.

again, no conviction, no crime. Jackson had a problem, no doubt, but I for one do not toss about charges , especially of molestation, without proof. You may light torches and sharpen stakes all you wish. The folks who knew him best say over and again that he was a simple person and very, very giving.

So, if he were still alive today and invited my grandkids for an overnight,I would decline with thanks and keep my unproven assumptions to myself. What a better world it woudl be if we all did that.

Where are MJ’s children, ...right back in the hands of the abuser!  How quickly Joe Jackson jumped in and laid claim.  There might be money to be had by “caring” for these children, it could easily be imagined that one of his children might be “a little goldmine” themselves.

Again, dont know, but the brothers and sister will certainly have a say in the care of the kids.You ,on th eother hand, will not.

I believe MJ when he said he was abused as a child, I believe the children who said MJ abused them, I also believe that in the hands of Joe Jackson, MJ’s children will be abused.  Yet everyone is running around protecting a dead man.

Whatever dude, I have not denied Michael being an abused child, in several ways in fact, he was reportedly given estrogen to keep his voice from deepening..thats certainly abuse. What I protect is sanity, logic and manners…to a degree.

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By Spiritgirl, June 29, 2009 at 12:04 pm Link to this comment

“The blood-sucking parasites who surrounded Jackson all his life made that surrender not just possible but inevitable.”

While you acknowledge that he was surrounded by parasites, you ignore his inability to make choices as a child because of his father, which contributed and influenced his ability to make better choices as an adult.  If you cannot learn from your mistakes while you are young - in his case he wasn’t allowed to make any decisions - then later in life the ability to figure it out isn’t always second nature.

“Jackson has said his father used to beat him, perhaps because he was the “golden child.””
 

Please don’t assume that as an adult the abuse that you suffered as a child becomes null and void!  MJ gave us his childhood, and while he was rewarded monetarily for that, the loneliness and isolation, along with the abuse made him turn any anger he may have felt inward.  I don’t know if he did abuse those kids, maybe it was their parents looking for a quick way to make a buck - don’t act like you’ve never heard of parents pimping their children out - but it does happen!  All I understand is that he was in pain all of his life.  And if you ask me the whole family has major issues!

Whatever happened, I hope that he is now able to have some peace.  And can we all look at the contribution that he made to the music industry - the likes of which we will probably not see again in our life-time.

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By Outraged, June 29, 2009 at 11:33 am Link to this comment

Re: ardee

Your comments: “who remained unconvicted of any charges, was what it is assumed him to be.

Joe Jackson wasn’t CONVICTED of anything either, so I suppose he’s simply not guilty.

“it seems a bit silly of you to insist that folks remain unscarred by the events of their childhood.”

By your standard MJ was simply lying about his father and others he claimed abused him.  Was anyone ever CONVICTED for what was done to Michael, THE CHILD.  Since no one was CONVICTED, all of MJ’s stories must be pure bunk….. at least according to you.  Why do you count ONLY MJ’s torturous childhood and ignore the pleas of these other children.  So easily you discount them.  Someone’s “attacked” your hero, the “king”, the image and eventually the PURE FICTION.
 
When MJ committed these crimes he was fourty plus years old, he KNEW what he was doing…. yes he did.  No amount of childhood trauma exonerates the crimes of fourty year old people.

Where are MJ’s children, ...right back in the hands of the abuser!  How quickly Joe Jackson jumped in and laid claim.  There might be money to be had by “caring” for these children, it could easily be imagined that one of his children might be “a little goldmine” themselves.

I believe MJ when he said he was abused as a child, I believe the children who said MJ abused them, I also believe that in the hands of Joe Jackson, MJ’s children will be abused.  Yet everyone is running around protecting a dead man.

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By ardee, June 29, 2009 at 3:11 am Link to this comment

Outraged, June 28 at 4:50 pm

I willingly play devils advocate , its the Libra in me I guess.

You oh so willingly concede to the mire that Jackson, who remained unconvicted of any charges, was what it is assumed him to be. Innocent until proven guilty apparently means little to nothing in your constantly outraged world, huh?

Others here have pointed out what a good parent he was to his own children and it seems a bit silly of you to insist that folks remain unscarred by the events of their childhood. Most live lives of “quiet desperation” as a wise man once noted.

The very worst thing here, aside from your convicting a man sans trial of course, is the time we spend on such as this when the world is burning.

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By Outraged, June 29, 2009 at 1:38 am Link to this comment

Google news has over 24,000+ articles covering MJ’s death, there’s probably more than that.  The New York Daily News (one I rarely read had this story) and surprisingly I agree,

“Already there is talk that there might be a CD and DVD in Jackson’s last L.A. rehearsal before he was to leave for London. So you know promoters and producers will line up with Jackson’s family members, all of them wondering how much money is left and where it might be, how much money there is to be made off unpublished songs that Jackson apparently has left for his children.

You also know this “cardiologist” that Jackson had with him all the time at the end will be looking to sell his story to the highest bidder now that he has told it to the police. There was a nanny in the London papers Sunday almost bragging about how many times she had to pump his stomach. And the papers here were lousy with other writers acting as if the only way they could have been closer to Jackson is if they’d had sleepovers with him in the big bed at Neverland. This is all as predictable with a big celebrity death like this as the sidewalk shrines like the one on Shaftesbury Ave., with flowers and postcards and full-page color photographs from the London newspapers that read “King of Pop,” and handmade posters that read “Gone too soon” and “Dear Michael: We are in pain and shock.”
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/michael_jackson/2009/06/28/2009-06-28_usual_suspects_positioning_themselves_to_exploit_michael_jacksons_death.html

Really…. it’s terrible, absolutely nauseating.  Another story, even MORE morose, was this one:

“On Sunday, the singer’s father said in a statement—read by a representative at his side on an awards show red carpet—that he and his wife have sole authority over the King of Pop’s children…..”

.....“But Joe Jackson moved quickly to dispel any doubts over his family’s resolve to look over the children.

“Michael’s children are our first priority,” Joe Jackson said in Sunday’s statement.

“We will have further announcements to discuss our plans going forward. Until such time, however, we have the personal and legal authority to act, and solely Katherine and I have authority for our son and his children.”

http://www.reuters.com/article/mediaNews/idUSN2835371220090629

So you liked MJ….. make sure that what happened to him doesn’t happen to his children and while you’re at fight so that ALL the money goes to the welfare of and eventually TO those children. 

And what the hell is Jesse Jackson doing there…?  Supposedly “qualifing” these children’s “well-being” in the custody of JOE JACKSON!  Despicable….  Blood-suckers is right…..screw Joe Jackson and screw Jesse Jackson….blood-suckers AND WORSE… the both of them.  Save these children, it’s hard to imagine that their mothers could be worse that these two.  WHY AREN’T THEY WITH THEIR MOTHERS…., what the fuck is going on there?

Tell me AGAIN RAE, how KNOWN abusers don’t get custody of children…...

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By Outraged, June 28, 2009 at 6:23 pm Link to this comment

BTW RAE,

” BTW, NO COURT would award custody of children to ANYONE with even a hint that they might be a child molester.”

You might just want to check the stats regarding that comment, or simply ask around.

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By Outraged, June 28, 2009 at 5:37 pm Link to this comment

Re: RAE

Your comment: “I cannot compete with someone who must have insider knowledge about MJ and his sexual activities. I mean, only someone VERY close to Michael could possibly, positively KNOW, as you claim, “...And we KNOW Michael did more than touch…”.

Sure…. children lie about this stuff “all the time”..... right?

Then again, coming from someone who said:

“There’s something seriously strange about a society so willing to go collectively berzerk at even a hint that some “man” may touch a “boy’s” pee pee. You’d think these monsters were holding the kids down and ripping their genitals from their little bodies!”

Your over the top ingratiating of Jackson CERTAINLY doesn’t surprise me.  I suppose it was simply out of the goodness of his heart that, “he also paid a reported eight-figure settlement to the family of one alleged victim “

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By RAE, June 28, 2009 at 5:08 pm Link to this comment

Well, outraged, I cannot compete with someone who must have insider knowledge about MJ and his sexual activities. I mean, only someone VERY close to Michael could possibly, positively KNOW, as you claim, “...And we KNOW Michael did more than touch…”.

Yes, MJ married… twice, I’m told. And divorced twice. Is reported to be the father of three children, all of whom he had full custody of as awarded by the courts. Even his ex-wife fully agreed that MJ was an excellent and protective father. (There are no photos that I’ve ever seen of his kids where they didn’t have masks or other disguises to protect their identities.) BTW, NO COURT would award custody of children to ANYONE with even a hint that they might be a child molester. Try doing a little homework before offering up your untested assumptions and glib, parroted opinions.

And, oh yes… apparently MJ did NOT commit a criminal act with any of the children - at least not according to 12 jurors who, I assume, had FACTS instead of hearsay and ignorant opinions, upon which to base their decision. But I forgot… many Americans don’t trust even their own peers on juries. All kinds of airheads claim MJ “bought his acquittals.” They trust only their own beliefs - “don’t confuse us with facts.”

Writing that MJ is a pedophile is libel. You’re lucky he isn’t alive to read your garbage or he’d be using YOUR retirement fund to pay off some of his debts.

Why not just stick to Fair comment? We all are free to comment, even harshly, about issues of public interest, as long as our comments are honest, not malicious, and based on fact. Your post, outraged, is so short on FACTS as to qualify as PURE FICTION.

MJ seemed to be a deeply troubled human being, trapped by his fame, woeful lack of competent upbringing, and financial predicaments, in a high speed world of insane glitz. It would have been a miracle if he had lived much longer.

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By morgan, June 28, 2009 at 1:50 pm Link to this comment
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Such a damn waste.  All the leeches who attached themselves to him throughout his life deserve to be known as the people who sold him out to death because they sure don’t have a clue about life or living.  How pathetic.

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By Outraged, June 28, 2009 at 1:50 pm Link to this comment

Re: ardee

Your comment: Could anyone survive his unnatural childhood and the incessant phoniness of his life and the sycophants without being seriously scarred?”

Yes, they could, they can and they do.  Millions and millions of people in this world have horrible childhoods and they choose NOT to inflict the criminality perpetrated upon them on others, especially children.  MJ wasn’t the ONLY child star who had it rough, and he did…. but some had it just as tough and they DIDN’T BECOME PEDOPHILES.

Re: RAE

Your comment: “MJ was not allowed a childhood of his own. He had NO satisfactory memories or models of childhood. His nature was as a giver. When he had the means he GAVE of himself and his money to children of all ages and genders. I heard from renowned author Howard Bloom, a longtime friend of MJ, that Michael considered his bedroom, not as an adult would, but as a child would - it was wide open for friends of all ages 24/7. He had “sleepovers” like all kids. His psychosexual age was no more mature than the kids he had sleepovers with.”

MJ, was not giving of himself, he was a pedophile.  He didn’t GIVE by starting a non-profit and allowing children say… a free day at the amusement park.  NO!  He set these “child attractions” up on his own compound, as a LURE.  This is what pedophiles do, they LURE children, with fun, candy, treats or money.  Jackson was a textbook case, ask any law enforcement member that deals with these types of crimes.

Your other comment is simply disgusting:

“There’s something seriously strange about a society so willing to go collectively berzerk at even a hint that some “man” may touch a “boy’s” pee pee. You’d think these monsters were holding the kids down and ripping their genitals from their little bodies!”

There’s something seriously remiss with your logic.  There’s NOTHING wrong with a society that is, “so willing to go collectively berzerk at even a hint that some “man” may touch a “boy’s” pee pee.”  And we KNOW Michael did more than touch (which btw, is criminal… touching children is criminal!), one, a cancer-stricken child, no less.  This child had about as much protection as MJ as a child, Jackson certainly would have recognized that…..  he had lived it, HE KNEW.

MJ was a full grown MAN of 40+ yrs.  The woefully overrated, overblown, shoved down our throats, singing, dancing, drugged-out pedophile became increasingly creepily bizarre, which his handlers/investors painted as “eccentricity”.  It wasn’t eccentric, nor electrifying, unless you could completely take leave of your senses to imagine yourself part of some “king of pop” promotional propaganda.

As a child certainly he was used and abused.  That is horrendously terrible, criminal and inexcusable….  it just is.  But that does NOT negate the criminal degenerate activities of a 40 something man.

“His psychosexual age was no more mature than the kids he had sleepovers with.”

Psychosexual psychobabble is the extent of that comment….. are you MJ’s PR person, still thinking of “making a little dough” off the dead man’s image?

Didn’t MJ marry, have a child (you know the one he dangled from the balcony), yep…. he did.  Poor “child” of FOURTY YEARS OF AGE, your reasoning and comments are seriously flipped on end.  Where is your concern for the children he molested, or even his own child that he endangered.

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By RAE, June 28, 2009 at 11:34 am Link to this comment

I really wonder, ardee, whether MJ was “taken too soon.”

When you’ve been to the top and beyond… when all the world acclaims you as “the King”... when you’re now 50, with a HUGE moral black cloud surrounding your every move, and not only broke but millions in the hole… and you know that the next time you step on stage you’d better be just as good, if not better, than when you were 30… IT’S TIME TO BAIL!

Some are meant to burn brightly for a short time… others take a more leisurely route through life, and often “enjoy” an old age.

The major problem I think is the idolization of special talents like MJ. For some reason they get hoisted onto pedastals, surrounded by mythology, and then are required to perform PERFECTLY on demand.

“Stars” are pretty much the same as everyone else - I’ve met and known several during an 18-year broadcasting career. Some were jerks, some as nice as they come. All just people who happen to be able to sing or dance or play an instrument better than most people. On stage: they’re special. Off stage: NO BIG DEAL.

I remember finding myself standing beside Sarah Vaughn at a bookstand in Melbourne, Australia back in the 60s. I knew she was in town and I recognized her instantly. I minded my own business. It is completely unnecessary to accost a “star” in public just so you can tell them you recognize them and “love your singing, dancing, etc.” They KNOW who they are and how well they do what they do. They don’t need you interrupting their day to tell them so. (Once or twice a day is nice for the ego… but once or twice a MINUTE will make you crazy).

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By ardee, June 28, 2009 at 10:05 am Link to this comment

Let him rest.

Could anyone survive his unnatural childhood and the incessant phoniness of his life and the sycophants without being seriously scarred?

The man was, regardless of any other factor, an enormous talent, one that, like so many greats before him, was taken too soon.

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By RAE, June 28, 2009 at 4:46 am Link to this comment

“Then there finally was a criminal trial, allegations of him sexually molesting a young boy. He was acquitted. But only by the jury in the courtroom, not by the public. The fact that he slept with young boys was enough for most people.”

There’s something seriously strange about a society so willing to go collectively berzerk at even a hint that some “man” may touch a “boy’s” pee pee. You’d think these monsters were holding the kids down and ripping their genitals from their little bodies!

MJ was not allowed a childhood of his own. He had NO satisfactory memories or models of childhood. His nature was as a giver. When he had the means he GAVE of himself and his money to children of all ages and genders. I heard from renowned author Howard Bloom, a longtime friend of MJ, that Michael considered his bedroom, not as an adult would, but as a child would - it was wide open for friends of all ages 24/7. He had “sleepovers” like all kids. His psychosexual age was no more mature than the kids he had sleepovers with.

But for that, without a shred of proof of impropriety, and with a jury’s acquittal, the American public, without so much as an attempt to understand, condemn.

Something in American society is a lot sicker than Michael Jackson ever was.

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By Purple Girl, June 28, 2009 at 4:42 am Link to this comment

The Current Doc worked for the Promoters- those who put up money for this World wide Tour- which if failed or MJ couldn’t handle the pressure, would have cost them Millions. Did these Promoters also have a life insurance policy on MJ. Was MJ showin ghe could not keep up with the arduous schedule- would end up cancelling appearances, not only losing money at that venue, but also effecting the ticket sale in subsequent shows?
Why would a Promoter, investor offer up a Doc who 0bviously has no medical ethics, who is willing to not only supply the Oxycotin, but inject Demerol?
Was MJ a better ‘return on their investiment’ Dead than alive? Could these ‘investors’ also have a vested interest in residuals that would net them huge sums of money if the “King of Pop” died?
I have no doubt MJ was a Drug addict, But there was a Doc mainlining him and had enough education (and experience) to know such heavy doses and repeated use of these drugs could lead to death.Why was this Doc not trying to help clean him up to assure the investors money would not be wasted on an Ill fated World Tour. Follow the Money Baby!

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By NABNYC, June 27, 2009 at 6:10 pm Link to this comment

Michael Jackson was a cute kid. And he obviously was the draw for the Jackson 5.  When he got older he became a solo performer, and the world stood up and cheered.

He was baaaad. But not really. He was cool. He could sing, he could dance, he could write, he could perform. He was a presence, a star. They named him the King of Pop, and his album Thriller sold 50 million copies, more than any other album ever in the history of the world. And he wasn’t just popular in the U.S.—he was a star in every country in the world.

Somewhere along the way, from someone close to him, probably somebody financially dependent on him, he learned that the country would not cheer for and adore a grown black man.  As a child, he was beloved, cross-over.  But as he entered adolescence, somehow he got the message that by becoming a man, he would destroy the family act.  So he starved himself, prevented himself from growing into a man, stayed rail-thin, got rid of body hair, looked almost female.  I’d call that sexual ridicule, to let an adolescent know that they are repulsive as they grow into their full adult self.  No wonder he was screwed up. 

He had a lot of plastic surgery and other “cosmetic” procedures done to change his appearance. In the end, he was ambiguous, ambivalent, uncertain, part black or was he. Male, but really more female. He was growing up before the world’s eyes, but, remarkably, like a predecessor to Benjamin Button, he seemed to keep getting younger, getting smaller, always rail-thin like a teenage girl and never growing into the body of a man. He was beautiful.

He could dance like Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly and a whole lot more than that.

In the end, time, life, money, fame, success, drugs, maybe people who wanted something from him, were dependent on him, or just made lots of money off of him, all combined to allow him to have everything he wanted, and he destroyed his own life in typical tragic style. He went too far, had too many procedures done and ended up looking like a monster, unable to go out in public without draping handkerchiefs across his face to hide the hideousness of the doctor’s work.

And the stories came out about him spending too much time with young boys, having young boys sleep in his bed with him when he was a grown man. There was a story about him paying a large amount of money to the family of one such boy, and it was suggested the payment was to keep them from reporting him to the police. Then there finally was a criminal trial, allegations of him sexually molesting a young boy. He was acquitted. But only by the jury in the courtroom, not by the public. The fact that he slept with young boys was enough for most people.

I don’t think people are born twisted. Something happened to him. I blame his parents who either did it to him, failed to protect him, or failed to pay enough attention to realize something was going on, and get him help.

Too many drugs, too many combinations of drugs, let him stay thin like a young girl but also become drunken and stumbling in appearance like an old man. His face was monstrous, and the doctors could no longer help him no matter how much money he had. Well, it doesn’t matter what he looks like now. He’s dead. He wanted a comeback. I guess he’ll get one now, in a fashion.

But there was a time, long ago, before all these bad things came about, when he was F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!!

http://NABNYC.blogspot.com

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