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THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2009, 9:36 P.M.

Michael Jackson in retrospect…

Good evening, Netizens...

In a moment of being utterly candid, I'll admit that the late “King of Pop”, Michael Jackson, was never precisely my cup of tea, although I was impressed with how he plied the top of the charts with his music and several of his dance moves bordered on the line of sheer genius. However, I always had issues with the ever-changing face of Michael Jackson: one month he was one face, the next month his face had evolved into something different, and in later years becoming more macabre over time. Toward the end of his life, despite the rumors he was gamely fighting to win his place back atop the pile of Pop music, I had simply stopped watching, for I no longer felt certain who he was.

If I pause to remember Michael Jackson, I probably would think first of the number of plastic surgeons he kept employed over the years, and ponder the meaning of all that glitz and sequins it took for him to take the stage. However, I will remember him most for his performance as a 5 year-old prodigy on stage with his family performing “I'll be there”, and for me, one of his first and most-durable hits.

In his later years, however, his increasingly-macabre behavior, his stupid statements and his irrational dependence upon facial alterations drove me away.

I cannot forget nor forgive his comments about having little boys sleeping in his bed. I will not go into what I probably would do if any ordinary adult male made such a comment to me, but it wouldn't be pretty to watch. Likewise dangling his infant over the railing of a hotel where he was staying: to a normal person that should be good for a few years in prison for reckless endangerment of an infant, but Michael Jackson was anything but a “normal” person.

My heroes and heroines have always been ordinary people who, when thrust into extraordinary places in life through talent, still somehow managed to remain decent people with sensible values. I guess that is where I drew the invisible line with Michael Jackson. I was never certain, especially toward the end exactly where his values lay, however great his talent and skill.

Your results, of course, may differ.


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