I see that people do have strong opinions to share about Michael and his passing.
I don’t wish to repeat what I’ve already said, but I am sad he’s gone and I’m even sadder about what people say at his expense, without truly knowing him or the truth behind the stories.
He made mistakes, like anyone but I don’t believe they were deserving of the gross abuse he was subject to by the public and the media. The things he shared with the media were often his own undoing.
We were not there and he was legally vindicated, yet so many are willing to pretend they know enough intimate details that they are willing to malign the name of a man whose scales were constantly tipped towards the more positive side of human consideration, charity, dignity, art, discipline and, yes…even morality. For every misjudgment we gather with gossip, speculation & sensationalism, there are hundreds more acts of kindness and positive contribution that can be cited from genuine fact.
Watch him, listen to him…recently and when he was a kid…look at his fans… watch his videos, pull up past concert reviews… when was there ever any incident of violence, drugs or indignity that occurred in the vicinity of his performances?
People still pass judgment on facts that aren’t facts. He was not found “not guilty,” though I do believe he exercised poor judgment in sharing facts people would misinterpret, it was proven that he did nothing sexually wrong or illegal, the accusers were appropriately discredited, some even admitting it. We’ve always known his social skills were handicapped, but it’s too tempting to consider him perfects enough to condemn.
It’s easier to believe the juicy stuff…that a 135-pound guy in his 40’s with no prior history of sexual misconduct, inviting thousands of sick children to his home, suddenly has the strength to overpower some teenager to do something obviously against his normal nature, while millions of teenagers have knocked at his door for years ready to go willingly.
Of course I believe it was poor judgment to lie anywhere near an unrelated child. even if it was for the child’s emotional comfort. In this day and age you can’t even pat a kid’s head without getting nabbed. Just in terms of PR, holding his child over the railing for display even for a split second (it was 1.5 seconds) was a dumb mistake he realized instantly, but the repeated video clip will last forever in slo-mo. He doesn’t deserve this…especially after death. No one was harmed and everybody benefitted heavily from his time here on Earth.
Not everyone liked his style or his music. Not everyone believed that the makeup was to hide splotches developed on his face from an inherited condition that quite visibly exists with other family members. Many still believe that there is such a thing as bleaching your skin. And, though I wish he didn’t fix his nose, it’s not for me to condemn him for doing so.
The lies have been explained and accepted in the courts, but that fact doesn’t sell newspaper as well as the words “pedophilie” or “freak.”
I’ll say it again…We, as Jews, should know better.
The parallels are strong. The lies in the Middle East have been exposed for all to see, yet, even after 9/11, the clear targeting of the state of Israel, the obvious non-existence of the Palestinian people before ’67, which doesn’t sell as well as the terms “Zionist oppressors,” “settlers,” or “Palestinian State” are all things we instantly see right through.
Michael Jackson’s music affected millions of people, including me and my family…including my parents, who didn’t identify with his music as much as fully recognize the enormity of his talent and influence.
Our willingness to malign him, mock him, make jokes about things that hurt him & his family and make fun of his death, exposes a cruel and undignified nature about us that I wish I hadn’t seen and that none of us should have.