Michael Jackson’s Death
I apparently hurt some feelings with comments on Twitter (and by proxy Facebook) about Michael Jackson’s death. I’d like to apologize, but I cannot…but I will explain better why I made the comments I did.
If we are to honor him, let’s be honest about his life rather than ignore the circus and the big elephant in the room. Yes, his music was remarkable, even revolutionary at the time. But take a look at the past 20 years: he’s lived off the marketing of his name, the music of his past, and really bad “business” loans. He’s been the poster child of the odd, freakish behavior from a lifestyle of fame and excess. And he’s done nothing with his amazing talents during that time.
If you wish to honor him, honor the music. But if you wish to honor him as a man, then you honor those other things as well, whether you mean to or not.
Some mourn him as if he was a member of the family. The first question I have is if you actually had someone in your family that lived and acted in a comparable manner as him the past 20 years–talent and fame aside–would you mourn the same way? If not, then take him off the pedestal, and give that honor to people who actually make a real difference in your lives, not some celebrity.
And my second question is this: if you mourn him as a member of your family, do you really wish to dishonor your actual family by doing so? Because by doing so, you are effectively saying that this celebrity that you likely never met, who you only know by his music from more than 20 years ago, and from the media circus that was his life, is on equal standing to those who are close to you, who impact your life on a daily basis. Is that fair to them? I don’t think it is.
Remember the music. Remember the man…but don’t ignore the truth, and don’t give him greater honor than he is due.
I apparently hurt some feelings with comments on Twitter (and by proxy Facebook) about Michael Jackson’s death. I’d like to apologize, but I cannot…but I will explain better why I made the comments I did. If we are to honor him, let’s be honest about his life rather than ignore the circus and the big…