Let me open by saying that I have been a long time fan of Michael Jackson's music. I recall my brother purchasing the "Thriller" LP and playing it on my father's stereo system that had an 8-track deck built into it.
I like the man's music. I think that he was a musical and entertainment genius. He also deserves much credit for reaching out to billions of people around the world, regardless of their religion or race. He is to be credited for this.
None of this stops me from being able to admit that the guy was a troubled dude who clearly had many powerful internal demons. The physical self-mutilation. The issues with "little boys". This is not the legacy of a stable individual.
BUT AGAIN - THIS POST AIN'T ABOUT MICHAEL JACKSON!!!
I get frustrated listening to people who are so subjective and arbitrary in their judgments.
If they LOVE YOU - there is little that you can do to shake them loose.
If they HATE YOU - there is nothing that you can do to redeem yourself EXCEPT if you renounce your former ways and help them fight against the enemy that they like to have an army of fellow travelers to fight against.
It is unfortunately but the foundations of "bias, injustice, bigotry and hatred" is amply present in the very people who portend to stand against these very things.
In several conversations that I have had over the past few days about Michael Jackson - in person, via e-mail and via blogs I notice that there are three key issues about Michael Jackson that certain operatives are protective about:
- The Amount By Which His Physical Morphing Over The Years To Remove All "Negroid Features" From His Body Indicate About His Comfortness With Being Black (I will add his choice in reproductive partners to this bullet point as well)
- The Issue About His Guilt Over Child Molestation Charges. With The Propensity To Dismiss Them As A Little Boy In A Man's Body, Harmed By The Childhood Pressures He Suffered
- The Suppression Of His Drug Abuse - Demerol and Oxycontin. Those That They Hate Are Attacked For Drug Additiction. Michael Jackson's Abuse Will Be Blamed On His Doctor
I have written previously about the power of those who wallow in arbitrary judgments. We can't predict their verdicts based on the facts at hand. The target in the seat of judgment is a greater predictor of their verdict.
In our "Oprah-field" celebrity culture the "justice for all" that was fought for now has a new body of the protected class: the wealthy celebrity who is well liked.