Does the American Dream Have to Die With Michael Jackson?

Michael Jackson 1958-2009
Michael Jackson 1958-2009

-The American Public Must Demand Honest Journalism.-

-by Forbes Everett Landis

Do you think it is a good idea to keep silent about the attacks on one of the most visible achievers of the American Dream? Are we not forfeiting our children’s future into the hands of bullies? Is it not time for us to speak up about the damage opportunistic journalism is doing to our culture? --

Last year, the news of pop-superstar Michael Jackson’s premature death shocked the world. As I am a classical music fan, not a connoisseur of pop music or any of its stars, Jackson’s death did not immediately evoke any particular emotion in me. I just let it go.

But as the days went by, and as I passively soaked in more and more news reports on Jackson’s death, I began to feel increasingly uncomfortable. A man had passed away: What need was there for the media to so eagerly show humiliating images of how Jackson would have looked on his death-bed? I was prompted to look into the case more thoroughly.

After more than a year, although I am not a Michael Jackson fan per se, on closer inspection I have come to admire his scale of contributions and humanitarian messages espoused within songs of his. And despite my hitherto skeptical view of the sometimes frenzied remarks made by Jackson’s hard-core followers, I feel the need to say this :

To keep the American dream alive for our children, we should stop abusing our talented and creative spirits out of jealousy and misunderstanding.

Jackson had to deal with the media condemning him as strange, weird, and even labeling him a fr.eak, both figuratively and literally. My opinion about this is clear: Though at times, to subjective eyes, Jackson might have looked ‘different,’ half of this eccentricity was due to the fact that he was born to be an artist inevitably different from others because of his imaginative and creative nature, and half because he was forced into being so unconventional by a degree of media pressure and fame few, if any, have ever experienced. Being different from others does not equate being harmful to others. As long as one does not violate others’ human rights, one has the right to be him or herself. In a society that prioritizes human rights and freedom, I find no justification for hurtful attacks on people who are perceived to be ‘different.’ These kinds of attacks are especially sordid when they involve the spreading of knowingly false rumors for financial gain. After Jackson’s acquittal on alleged child related charges in 2005, several journalists, such as Aphrodite Jones, came forward to confess that most of the media in attendance intentionally put objectivity aside in covering the Michael Jackson case by fragmenting the facts divulged in court, presenting only anti-Jackson reports.

The human race has quite often owed its scientific or artistic progress to the “weird” and the “eccentric.” Let us consider, for example, Galileo Galilei, who was charged for openly discussing Copernican theory, a concept seen as sinful and roundly condemned at that time; later, of course, this theory went on to become the accepted standard of scientific understanding of the universe. We might also stop to consider how treasonable the very idea of democracy once was, how dangerous the aristocracy felt it to be; later, democracy became the world’s prevailing political philosophy. We can also remember that the concept of equality between : women and men, among different ethnicities, or diverse religions, was derided when it first emerged. Had she not thought differently from others, might Mother Teresa not have been a stay-at-home mom instead of traveling to the slums of India and risking her life for humanity?

Keeping the history of these exceptional ideas and people in mind, I can almost guarantee that if one had killed all the “freaks” among our Australopithecine ancestors 3.5 million years ago, our species might not have made it to the 21st century. We might very well have remained a much more primitive species, one without the use of fire and the wheel, let alone an orchestra, or democracy, or computers. Is it not, after all, diversity that allows for evolution?

In other words, "weirdness" is sometimes the inevitable result of an exceptional imaginative ability that sees no boundaries in search of all the creative possibilities. As long as such individuals do us no harm, we should let them be. It is our duty to be respectful of those who are different not only because every human being is entitled to freedom, but also because diversity is at the root of human survival; diversity or “difference” is what allows for new ways of looking at things and indeed for innovation and progress to occur.

To those who think that Jackson’s spoken voice was peculiar, I would say that I see no significance to it. The spoken voice cannot be uncoupled from the singing voice that so many lauded. It might also be helpful to consider this information in order to broaden understanding of the global context: there are countries where people respect those who speak softly, in a calm, non-aggressive manner. The American standard, where a loud voice is seemingly necessary to assertiveness, is not the only standard in the world.

To those who criticize the 'King of Pop' for purchasing Neverland, I pose this question: Would you have survived without buying a Neverland-sized residential property if you were in reality never able to explore any place alone without being hoarded by an ensuing media and public frenzy whenever you stepped out of your front door? A huge residence with a vast garden might have been the only possible way for this worldwide megastar to relax and enjoy some fresh air without constant intrusion from the public. In conversations such as with famed animal welfare activist Dr. Jane Goodall , he spoke of his love and concern for animals and nature, which he simply enjoyed surrounding himself with at his personal retreat. After all, Jackson earned his money through incredible hard work and a perfectionist work-ethic. In light of his Guinness record-making support of no less than 39 charities, it may very well be hypocritical to criticize his spending habits. It is noteworthy that Jackson regularly donated his share of proceeds from his concerts to charity and during his career, he gave away upwards of 300 million dollars to philanthropic efforts.

Handwritten lyrics to "Innocent Man" (unreleased) by Michael Jackson.
Handwritten lyrics to "Innocent Man" (unreleased) by Michael Jackson.

Having demonstrated that there is nothing inherently wrong with living unconventionally, the question now turns to whether or not Jackson ever harmed anyone with his behavior. Here I will discuss the child related allegations leveled against him. ---

In discussing the two instances of allegations Jackson was faced with, I would like to focus my attention primarily on the 1993 case due to the fact that the more recent (2003-2005) accusations ended with Jackson receiving a full legal acquittal on all counts, the extremely low credibility of the accuser’s mother being one factor in this exoneration. In other words, Jackson was found not-guilty so I believe we must discount this case.

Considering that the laws of most U.S. states set down one’s right to sue anyone without being counter-sued solely in retribution for one’s lawsuit, getting sued is relatively easy. Thus, the extortion of popular and wealthy persons is an increasingly attractive ploy for those seeking a quick buck. Fast and easy money may once have come at a personal price, that being distrust from one’s community. But, with cities growing ever larger and more impersonal, an individual’s local reputation is of gradually thinning importance, resulting in more room for thievery. To some mischief minded, the risk of exposure as an extortionist might thus seem lower when compared to the potentially enormous financial benefits of a scam. As a result, a millionaire, especially one whose professional value is greatly magnified by fame, is more vulnerable than ever. According to the National Center for Child Abuse and Neglect, in 1998, 71% of the abuse reports were revealed to be false or unfounded. The false accusation rate even rises to over 90% when a custody battle and money is involved (as was the case between the plaintiff’s parents in the 1993 allegations against Jackson, who was a friend of the child's mother). In the 1993 case, the charges never went to trial but were settled out of court.

The record illustrates that the financially troubled accuser’s father had previously approached Jackson’s representatives with a monetary request well before he sued for the alleged molestation, demonstrating that he would have refrained from filing suit in exchange for money. Would any parent with real care for justice and the well-being of his or her children make such a deal?

As evidence for my position, I present the recorded phone conversation in which the accuser’s father is heard saying that everything [is] going “according to a certain plan,” that he would "win big time” and that Jackson would be "ruined forever"...if he did not get what he wanted. In the same conversation when asked how this would affect his son, the father replied, "That's irrelevant to me..." This sounds far more like the words of a mercenary than those of a father concerned with justice for his son.

Geraldine Hughes, who had worked in the office of the prosecuting team in the 93’ case against Jackson, reveals what really happened behind the scenes, with all the details the media failed to acknowledge and report, about how the boy’s father very early on went to Jackson demanding 20 million dollars for a movie deal otherwise he would make claims of molestation. When Jackson refused, the boy’s father went not to the police, but to a civil attorney and not long after the claims leaked to the media. It was only after the coverage of the story really blew up that Jackson was strongly advised by his attorneys to settle the civil suit and a settlement was paid by the singer's insurance carrier. Concerns which factored in this advice to settle was the violation of Jackson's Fifth Amendment right to not testify against himself in a criminal matter; the damage relentless one-sided media coverage of the charges was doing to his reputation and career; his rapidly declining health from stress during this period and potential jury bias. Also to note is that statistics indicate that around 95 % of civil suits get settled out of court and pertinently, civil settlement cannot be construed as an admission of guilt.

After settlement of the civil suit, Jackson was prepared to fight in the criminal court. In any situation, a criminal case cannot be settled out of court. After the settlement was paid out, however, no criminal charges were ever filed by the boy’s father, and the 13-year-old boy at the center of the allegations refused to testify in a criminal case.

It should be emphasized that Jackson was never indicted even after an intensive 13-month investigation including interviews with over 400 witnesses in and out of the country, extensive searching of his residential properties, and even a 25 minute full-body examination. Two grand juries refused to indict the singer for lack of evidence, and in the six years before the statute of limitation had expired, no criminal charges were ever filed.

The FBI which had investigated the singer during the 1993 and 2003 charges also found no evidence against him , as was revealed when Jackson's FBI file was made public after his death.

Trial by media.
Trial by media.

Having discussed the mischaracterization of what people might dismiss as “weird,” and having made plain the falsity of the allegations made against Jackson, accusations that in my view look suspiciously extortionate, as highlighted above, I would now like to consider Jackson’s moral conduct with reference to the caricature presented of him:

Regarding integrity, Jackson’s deeds and lifestyle, apart from the media’s fabricated stories, remained innocent and appropriate. In fact, his decency made him look almost old-fashioned, even when he was young, when compared to many entertainers’ indulgence in sex, alcohol, or drugs. In interviews, Jackson indicated that he felt it highly inappropriate to remark publicly on his sexual life. This strikes me as an example of his dignity and modesty. However, this very reserve may ironically have fueled further baseless speculation about Jackson’s sexual orientation. I wish to ask : is publicly questioning a person’s sexual life not way more improper than that person’s choice of silence out of a desire for privacy regarding the same? The fact that Jackson was not involved in a multitude of sex scandals with women, a fact which should normally invite respect, seems unfairly to have been justification for the media to pathologize Jackson. It is beyond ridiculous to construct the lack of lasciviousness and scandal as itself scandalous and suspect.

People who knew the entertainer have remarked that it was a rare thing for Jackson to curse, especially when he was younger.Only after suffering numerous hate campaigns founded on falsehoods did he insert a very small amount of profanity into his songs, in response to a world which had betrayed him so deeply. Even then, his use of profanity stayed away from vitriolic attacks, but came across more as an artistic expression of deep anguish in songs which described his frustration with the situation. For instance, songs such as "Scream" or "Tabloid Junkie", both from his HIStory album . Some lyrics from the latter song go thus :

“It’s slander with the words you use

...Assassinate and mutilate
as the hounding media in hysteria

...You say it's not a sin
But with your pen you torture men
Then why do we keep foolin' ourselves

Just because you read it in a magazine
Or see it on the TV screen
Don't make it factual…”

Jackson also faced many accusations regarding his appearance and changed skin tone. But, turning this around, what might this suggest about those themselves who so scrutinized the way he looked? What does it say about their own biases and prejudices? And about the people who claimed to know details of every surgical procedure Jackson allegedly had, calling him a freak without even having seen him in person? Or who refused to acknowledge the pigment destroying disease Vitiligo which he was a sufferer of?

After the 2003 allegations, the media repeatedly displayed pictures of Jackson looking worn out, not out of questions about his state of well-being, but it would seem, simply in order to taunt him. Now while Jackson may have begun to look rather gaunt during the trial, does not taking somebody’s tired physical appearance as direct evidence of inner abnormality only reveal our own superficiality ? Maybe , just maybe anyone else would have looked equally fatigued had they suffered the anguish of having to relentlessly fight vicious and false allegations all the while being condemned in the court of public opinion even before being found guilty by the legal system. Whereas under the laws of the land, one is granted the presumption of innocence until they are actually found guilty.

On the topic of morality : Which is more admirable, giving people hope by regularly visiting and donating to hospitals and orphanages, or telling scandalous stories based on speculation or lies? Which is more despicable, pursuing an exceptionally rigorous dedication to artistic perfection, or giving in to jealousy and greed to bring down an artist? The tabloid press, of course, uses this strategy on most celebrities and public figures. One might argue that Michael Jackson had learned to use the press as cynically as it used him ; that he , especially in the early days, once believed that “all publicity is good publicity,” One might even go so far as to say that Jackson purposely flaunted his eccentricities to generate press and in turn album sales. He did, after all, have a fine artistic sense of the dramatic. Maybe so, but this seems true up to an extent only : it might be the case that being an international headliner he could not escape the tabloid press anywhere he went and so he attempted to make lemons into lemonade. Here my issue is what the media’s handling of Jackson devolved into, ultimately devouring him. And what this says about societal norms and ethics.

In this matter , critics have suggested that Jackson did not oppose false information adamantly enough. Pondering that charge, I suspect that having been abused by media intrusiveness from his early days in the spotlight, Jackson might have come to feel vulnerable and victimized. He reported feeling very uncomfortable giving press interviews since he said his words were often taken out of context and even misquoted. As he resignedly confided to an associate that the press would not highlight good things because to the press, good news did not sell. No matter what he did, or what he accomplished. Rather the accent was always on sensationalizing even the trivial, leaving him to deal with an equation where visiting the burns unit at a hospital where he had made donations and where he was casually inspecting the equipment got translated into outlandish headlines of 'Wacko Jacko' bizarrely sleeping in an oxygen chamber. Realistically speaking, had Jackson attempted to fight every rumor reported or printed about him, he would be left with no time or even resources to do anything else. Instead he stated having to “run the race of endurance” to withstand all the assaults made against his name throughout his career. In the end ,we must ask ourselves, what is more faithful and true, labeling someone a freak without even having met them personally and without possessing any evidence of wrongdoing by that person? Or showing fortitude in the face of hostility and simply expressing who one really is by letting their work speak for itself ?

Some might argue that the attacks Jackson had to suffer from the media and from consumers can be justified as a natural price to pay for the fame and fortune. No, I say. That is too high a price being charged from a human being. Those who knew Jackson said that the 2005 trial and its coverage had a very devastating impact on him. Those attacks had after a point exceeded all justifiable limits . To live under such harsh scrutiny, what kind of psychological and emotional damage might that inflict on the recipient? May I note that he was not paid to endure pain, but for his relentless efforts and dedication to his craft.

The American media have disgraced themselves by displaying to the world the schoolyard bullying of a talented and creative soul with great achievements . Now consider how this public bullying of a legendary figure might present itself to a new generation of youth, how it might play out in their minds and affect their morale ... Might this type of public bullying not discourage youngsters of today from pursuing their own creativity, their own inner diversity, for fear that they themselves might incur such abuse ?

The coverage of Michael Jackson’s life poses among other things, these questions to America: Does fulfilling the American Dream require that one subject oneself to unending media intrusion, to lies about one’s self so that newspapers get sold, and where one unproven accusation is enough to undo years and years of achievement and all the hard work and initiative that would necessarily have been part of the process? Do you want your children to live in a world where pursuing the American Dream involves the risks of a nightmare of mistrust and exploitation?

I refer again to the journalists who later admitted their purposely distorted and biased reporting on the Michael Jackson child molestation cases. If we recall for a moment the enormous number of journalists who surrounded the Santa Barbara County courthouse, one can surmise that the handful of journalists who came clean about their deception makes up only a tiny fraction of those involved.

I suspect that there were hundreds more who remained silent and who knowingly bent the truth to sell papers and boost network ratings. I also suppose that there are multitudes of people who, having received one-sided information, once believed the larger than life Jackson to be no better than a freakish criminal, but who, after his death felt compelled to research the facts themselves, and have now come to see him just as one of us, a burdened human being and a caring parent, who also happened to be a uniquely talented artist and a devoted philanthropist, who had remained for many a global ambassador. Perhaps these now better-informed members of the public have come to doubt the veracity of the media itself, not just when it comes to Michael Jackson, but in general.

I speculate that there is a pervasive feeling that it is safer to say nothing when it comes to Michael Jackson for fear of being promptly stigmatized. However, we need to address the implications of such silent behavior. What does our silence about the attacks on one of the most visible achievers of the American Dream say? What does it say in light of the American Constitution's declaration of the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness ? If we play it safe, we are forfeiting our children’s future into the hands of bullies. It is time for us to speak up about the damage opportunistic journalism is doing to our culture. As Edmund Burke once penned, “all it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

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Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

The man is gone. leave well enough alone i say. to keep on bringing these things up only keeps all this going. In my opinion I really don't care what the man did to himself that was his trip like each person out there has theirs. if they want purple hair and white skin or blue that's their trip. I think we should just leave well enough alone. good write though and i voted it up and across thee board. :D


For. Ever. Landis 6 years ago Author

Hi, Sa'ge, thank you for your comment and vote!!! I joined this site only today, and was not expecting to receive any response so soon. This is exciting :D

I agree with you on that we shoul leave him alone now. I ended up using up most of the space talking about Michael Jackson, but this writing is about protecting children's future and parents' or citizens' responsibility to speak up against irresponsible journalism. I hope you understand.

ps I read your latest post and loved it:)


budsgirl11954 6 years ago

You have written so eloquently exactly what has been in my heart for the past 25 years. Thank you for detailing every angle of the media bias and how it affected this most gentle of men. We will never see another man of his caliber in our lifetimes and it is a shame that he was not represented or appreciated for the beautiful soul that he most surely was.

MJJJusticeProject......the time has Come


VanessaL 6 years ago

This is a very beautiful write up. Thank You...I hope a lot of peoples reads it, maybe they will understand better,and come to see what a great injustice was done and still being done. God help the next genesis if things don't change.......


MJ-DarkChild 6 years ago

Beautifully written and true. Most people don't care one way or other, but I care greatly. I especially paid attention to this part of your article: What does our silence about the attacks on one of the most visible achievers of the American Dream say? If we play it safe, we are forfeiting our children’s future into the hands of bullies. It is time for us to speak up about the damage opportunistic journalism is doing to our culture. As Edmund Burke once penned, “all it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

Thanks for this article. That's just it; not many are willing to speak up because they don't CARE; especially in the U.S. It's a dog eat dog world. What a shame?


Marie Paul 6 years ago

This is so good, will be sharing it around with as many people as I can. Sums up what I've been thinking all along, but couldn't put into words like you have done.


Deborah Ffrench 6 years ago

Great article.

Thank you.


mimiG 6 years ago

A very well written piece for those who still doubt Michael's innocence from 1993 allegation of child abuse.

"Civil settlement does not prevent criminal indictment."

Thank you for bringing out a lot of good points. Almost every paragraph is a keeper..


Barbara 6 years ago

Thank you for so eloquently voicing your views on this subject. Michael Jackson was unfairly portrayed throughout his life. For you, someone who is not a fan of either the man nor his music, to see the truth is refreshing. Too often "fans" are simply written off as crazed fanatics. This piece should be required reading for anyone who cares about the state of the media and their treatment of people in the name of entertainment and profit.


Maggie 6 years ago

I want to thank the person who wrote this beautiful article. God bless you for standing up for what is rite. Not just for Michael Jackson but for the bullying that goes on, and the future of our children. I thought this country was suppose to be for the land of the free and the home of the brave. But it seems to me that there are no freedoms for someone who is famous but it also says that if you are brave and stand up against injustice, that you will be torn down too. I love you for saying what so many people are afraid to say. God bless you.


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BeKind 6 years ago

Well said. Aside from his music I believe Micheal Jackson's greatest gift to people was that he gave people permission to be a little different by just being who he was. People should thank him for that instead of buying the media feeding frenzy which portrayed him as a freak.


Diamond 6 years ago

All is said : you're so right ! Thousand thanks


Annie 6 years ago

Thank you so very much, for those words!

I feel happy to see someone really cares!

Have a great day, week and life!

And again "T H A N K Y O U"

*It's about L.O.V.E and keeping dreams ALIVE*


ares  6 years ago

Fist of all i would like to thank you for this article.Unfortunatelly, when it comes to Michael Jackson, logic flies from the window and we only get to hear the tabloid point of view.Which is lies. I don't agree at all with the first commen,that basically says that now that MJ is gone we shouldn't discuss subjects surrounding his life.That is hypocritical and, excuse me, ignorant. Michael Jackson’s life is an endless source of lessons about human failures, prejudice, racism, hate. About how dangerous the tabloid have became because in the case of Michael Jackson they successfully managed to blind the judgment of an entire nation. I hope that with the death of Jackson’s his life will became a lesson to us all.I hope that this kind of articles will continue to be written in the future,because they are like some kind of fresh air.


Suzy 6 years ago

Great article, I agree with it whole heartedly!

The more I think about it, the more I think Michael Jackson was put on this Earth to be a lesson for all of us. Or it's better to say: to be a Mirror for all of us, for society! We should learn that lesson at last!


bessleungfl@hkbn.net 6 years ago

Although my English is not good, but it is a great and touching article. However, people are always bias, they will keep believing the lies, but do not spend time to find out the facts. I don't think they will change their minds just reading this article. However, it's just a matter of time, we need to keep our faith, truth runs marathon. An so-called Angel or Demon is just created by the mass media, definitely depend on their pens and their voice of platform.


choupine 6 years ago

All is said, in this piece! You don't need to be a Michael Joseph Jackson fan to see that ther is injustice.


sparklesox 6 years ago

Thank you for your intelligent comments in this article. This is a VERY important subject and I believe that it took the loss of a person of Michael Jackson's calibre and character to bring the disssucion to the table. Prior to the loss of this good man, millions of people had been eating what the media and tabloids had been spooning to us for years. The worst of the abuse came from his own homeland, America. We had better strt talking about this problem. Thank you for getting the conversation going here.


Danielle 6 years ago

Thank you for taking a stand for Justice, for Michael.....I hope many many people will read this article. Michael was done one of the most injustice that should not have been.....I do believe that Michael was sent to us by a higher power to bring back love into our lives around the world.......He Michael Jackson was a man of God!!!!!!!!


Debra N 6 years ago

Thank you for this article I wish other non fans would read this to to see just how unfairly the media treated Michael Jackson he never deserved what they did to him

Rest In Piece My Angel


Henry Vaughn 6 years ago

Thank you for a wonderful "Hubpage" - at one time my daughter was thinking about going to school for Journalism. She's changed her mind totally and now wants to be an art teacher. I'm proud of her. I must say, I often wonder IF just IF she were to study in that field, and knows what she knows now about "Yellow journalism" she could have been the one to MAKE THAT CHANGE... DO IT THE RIGHT WAY, MAKE A STAND, FOLLOW THE The Society of Professional Journalists --- AND FIGHT FOR IT TO BE A LAW! Wouldn't it be nice IF it were a law. Could you imagine how nice that would be! *sigh


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sanasuleman 6 years ago

I realy miss u Michael... :-(


BUBBLESGIRL 6 years ago

A great thank you for your excellent article even if it could apply to anyone else but especially because it is about MJ.

the world needs more people like you who have guts to write such articles.

thank you again


J3nni4 6 years ago

One of the most articulate, sensible articles I've ever read. This needs to be read by everyone, repeatedly! I agree with everything you said, and feel the values and actions of today are so far off from healthy/correct. It's slowly grown more and more corrupt, we haven't noticed just how far off track we've gone. Thank you for writing this Mr Landis!


Gadget Trish 6 years ago

This is an outstanding article, and I appreciate how you addressed many accepts of MJ personally and with the media.


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MissSpring777 6 years ago

Thank you so much for your intellectual article and beautiful words about Michael Jackson. This is an article that all fans/people in the world must read.


kathy N 6 years ago

Thank you very much for your article. I totally agree with you. Media has mistreated Michael for many decades. They should stop abusing him and clear his name. He had done so much for our world.


Eugénie A 6 years ago

To read articles such this one reinforce my hope & my trust in humankind.

There are so much lies & slanders in the media worldwide, not only in America.

Tell the truth, defend the truth requires courage & integrity and you have them both!

What media have done to Michael Jackson throughout his life is unbearable & unjustifiable. Instead of persecute him all along they should have respected him & cherish him for the immeasurable treasures he has given to the world!

Thank you for this precious article!

The question is "What legacy will we pass on to our children? What exemple are we going to leave?" Our children need love, trust & confidence to be able to dream & create a better future!

Through his artistry and deeds, Michael Jackson has constantly filled our hearts with beauty, magic, LOVE and hope.

He is not a deity but a beautiful human being & a very rare artist.

Thank you Michael Jackson for your great work!

for your ability to fill with wonder the child concealed inside us

for your endless efforts to heal the world and make it a better place

for the immeasurable L.O.V.E you have given & still giving to the world!

Thank you dear Forbes Everett Landis for your amazing artice!

Eugenie


Thedizzydiana 6 years ago

Bravo friend.

I never thought of Michael as strange.i especially liked how you talked about his huge garden,that was his countryside,his freedom,his sanctuary.a lesser man would not have been equipped to withstand all the cruel injustices.


paradais 6 years ago

If I thanked you a thousand times, it wouldn't be enough. Oh that I had enough money to send your message by email to everyone in the world to read, especially the media and journalists. Where does one start to identify all the main points you have made? I started and when I had finished, I had practically highlighted everything you had said. It is all vital reading. In a way, it was probably a good thing your taste was in classical music, as you have approached this scrutiny with an unbiased eye.

I agree with and believe every word you have written. It is both eloquent, as others have told you and will tell you, comprehensive and non self-serving. I like the fact you have drawn your conclusions within a wider context, with which many people will no doubt identify, namely the values our societies hold. In your article you mention 'the American dream', but you could easily be talking about many other countries, or just social or human values/principles in general.

Ever since Michael Jackson became the target of opportunistic journalism, I have shaken my head in disbelief that society would condone this type of opportunistic slanderous behaviour. Why there are no laws for this type of shameless and smug public character assassination is beyond me? It's definitely time to speak up about the media's track record of knowingly engaging in feeding frenzy abuse of high profile people, branding them falsely, simply for monetary gain. This is fraud and abuse and as "sordid" a criminal act as any, I agree. That their victim, Michael, happened to be one of the most talented and therefore visible artists, alone is cruel torture, heartbreaking, senseless and unforgivable in itself. The flow-on effect from this is as you say, the sick and twisted message it sends to other would be entertainers, or anyone else who strives to do the right thing, as well as the thing right. In Australia, we have a name for chopping down our successful people - 'The Tall Poppy Syndrome", so that the rest of us don't feel as bad. Disgusting that we could be so mean spirited and discouraging of others' high achievements, which in turn, provides benefits for our entire community and in Michael's case, the entire planet, in some way shape or form. If this is how we have become as a human race, it's time to take stock. If this is how we reward success, it just goes to show that the wrong people are rewarded and that bad things do happen to good people!! Although no-one admits it, people were clearly jealous of Michael's achievements, so much so, that an image of his body on a stretcher is beamed all over the world, as if to say - "look, he's dead now"!! This is the most shocking thing I've ever seen, especially as a fan, but one doesn't have to be a fan to find that shocking, as you say. What an invasion of privacy and what total disrespect?!

As for Michael being different, yes, he may have been somewhat, but that is what some call talent and passion. Creativity is not possessed by everyone. Only philistines would want everyone to be the same as them and treat others with suspicion for being "different". Surely conformity or 'normality' can be mind-numbingly boring and unenlightened? You're right. He was forced to find ways to cope with being in the public eye and even these were ridiculed mercilessly. I love your expression "diversity is the root of human expression". Michael courageously allowed himself total freedom to express himself, as was his right, but he always did it respectfully, albeit playful and passionate at times, but that's a good thing! Isn't that what our creative people are noted for and what makes them special? It is interesting to note you say famous millionaires are sitting targets with over 90% of accusations being false, where the child is involved in a custody battle. As you have very plainly and logically analysed, the facts and the court findings prove Michael was not guilty, so too it's my wish other famous journalists would do the same, before labelling Michael as guilty. Watching Michael's behaviour in many clips and home videos, one sees a very polite, caring and gentle man, always respectful of others, particularly of children, even at a young age, including his younger siblings. Had he been involved in any scandals, other than media generated, they would have surely seen the light of day.

I totally agree it is far more inappropriate to be questioning someone publicly about their private sex life, than to reserve the right not to share this information in public. That should not then brand someone a deviate of some kind. You ask the question which is more noble? - " pursuing an exceptionally rigorous dedication to artistic perfection," or... "giving in to jealousy and greed to bring down an artist?".. How come our society cannot see the right answer to this question??? It really is a no brainer surely?

I also love this quote:

"we must ask ourselves, what is more faithful and true, labeling someone a freak without even having met them personally and without possessing any evidence of wrongdoing ? Or showing fortitude in the face of hostility and simply expressing who one really is by letting their work speak for itself ?" Again - not difficult to answer!!!!!

It is schoolyard bullying in a way, but when it's done by adults purposely distorting and biasing, this is character assassination of the highest order and ought to be one of the most serious criminal offences and dealt with accordingly.

Your article was so satisfying to read. It was totally validating and reassuring to think there are others out there like you that not only feel this way, but who can so eloquently and succinctly express the truth. I am very grateful to you for this extremely important article, which should be read by everyone who can read. It is not just important for Michael Jackson, that is true - future societal values and pursuit of excellence are at stake, but Michael is more than worthy of the truth and the pursuit of justice and freedom that you also describe here so well. Thank you.


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MSLADY_THE1 6 years ago

PLEASE I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANKS FOR THE BEAUTIFUL ARTICLE! WE ALL NEED TO READ AND LEARN FROM IT, HE WAS A MAN I KNOW THAT WAS A TRUE ANGEL. GOD CHOSE HIM, AND HE DID HIS PART, THE MEDIA, AND THE HATERS DID HIM SEVERELY WRONG. WE LOVE HIM AND MISS HIM A GREAT DEAL. RIP OUR BELOVED ANGEL RIP!!!


Carmina Brasil  6 years ago

Excelent! Very, very good! Congratulations!


Mado 6 years ago

Thank you so much for this wonderful article! I promise you that it had made twice the round of the world! Thank you once again.


Saladin 6 years ago

An excellent article. Thank you for speaking up. As Michael Jackson would say: lies run sprint, but the truth run marathon.


paradais 6 years ago

My hope is that those who need to see this article do and when they do, they open their hearts and their heads to the facts and the morally right thing to do. My other wish is that legislation will be enacted to prevent this type of unethical practice by the media from happening again. This it seems will only happen if enough people speak up about it. I hope this article sparks enough interest and debate in the political and social arena. It is up to everyone who cares enough to speak up. Everyone has a duty to influence political leaders to make the change they want to see to allow justice and freedom for all. Until this happens, what happened to Michael Jackson could happen to others. Silence is seen as approval. This bullying won't stop unless enough people take a stand.


Nancy 6 years ago

Wonderfully Spoken!! Thank you & God Bless!!


romaniamac 6 years ago

wonderfull indeed nancy :)


Theresa B 6 years ago

Thanks for standing up for what is right. Great article.


DebbieforMJ 6 years ago

Thank you for posting this incredibly well-written article. You have said so eloquently what many of us have thought for years about Michael Jackson. Being different does not equal wierdness. Artists must be different in order to achieve the greatness that they do. If they were merely ordinary like the majority of the human race, they would not be able to give us the art, music, science, etc. that they have through the years. I personally have NEVER found Michael to be weird. I enjoyed his soft-spoken voice, so different from the loud macho spoken words of many men in the western world. This humble, sensitive man was literally hounded by the media to death. And we, the world, are so much poorer for his loss. Thank you again for this wonderful article!


Elke Hassell 6 years ago

I am so totally overwhelmed with emotions reading this incredible written article, and I thank God for you Mr. Forbes Everett Landis to instill some sort of hope that there are indeed a few honest journalists out there, that are not too coward, too corrupt, too fame possessed, to admit to the facts pertaining to Mr. Michael Jackson.

I so wish that your article would receive worldwide exposure in major newspapers, magazines etc., for all to experience the real story about Michael Jackson. For people that still cannot be bothered to check out the facts from the fictions that were told about Mr. Jackson to finally see a different version of the Man than they were made to perceive by the less than professional journalists and media moguls that are so responsible for contributing to the nails that have been put into Michael Jackson's coffin at their hands, literally speaking, for simply being responsible for the slow and painful death of this Humble, Kind, Generous Human Being, that gave of himself with every fiber of his being from child to mature adult, that never wavered to express his LOVE to the human race though the same considered him dead long before he died.

I congratulate you Mr. Landis for your openness by stating that you were not even a Michael Jackson Fan, and despite this fact, made it your mission to explore and look into the reality of a Man who's name is MICHAEL JOE JACKSON, A TRUE AMERICAN ICON, A TRUE HUMANITARIAN, BUT MOST OF ALL A MAN THAT STAYED HUMBLE TO THE END, AND DESPITE BEING THE SUPERSTAR OF ALL TIMES DID NOT CHANGE HIS BELIEVES IN THE HUMAN RACE BUT THANKS TO THE MONEY GRABBING, SENSATIONALISING, LYING MEDIA THE HUMAN RACE WAS QUICK TO CHANGE THEIR BELIEVES IN HIM.

Thanks again and God bless you.


For. Ever. Landis 6 years ago Author

Thank you for all your comments. I am not good in writing, but as a citizen who cares about our society's future, as someone who specializes in education, and as a parent, I just thought it was my responsibility to write what I wrote. Who are we if we feed those who would bully our children? I hope more and more people will realize that what happened to Michael Jackson could happen to any of our own children.


SandhyaDeepak 6 years ago

Great Great Great.... All the questions raised are amazing. The answers if we get any will create a future generation that will be more aware of their actions.


Alexandra 6 years ago

Thank you so much Forbes Everett Landis for this amazing article!! We love you Michael!!


LunaJo 6 years ago

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS! You understand perfectly what the basic issue is. It's not only about Michael jackson; it's about the message we give by thinking this is normal or what he deserved. But it is so sad that someone like Michael had to endure all this pain and real "bullying" without anyone standing up for him. Even if you are not a Michael Jackson fan, please take a critic look at the trial in 2005. He was the real victim and the whole justice system failed him even if he did get acquited. Even the D.A. at that time Tom Sneddon had tempered with evidence because he was so set on getting Michael behind bars. The rich and old-money-people of Santa Barbara weren't that thrilled with having Michael for a neighbour and when he got accused, they wanted him out of Neverland. Because he was indeed different from them. Like real bullies at a schoolyard, they did everything to get rid of him. And they succeeded...

People are writing here in their comments to leave Michael Jackson alone because he is gone now. NO! This is the time to right things that were wrong! We owe it to hime to clear his name for once and for all and to protect his legacy. His children deserve their father's image to be restored. They shoud be proud and the media should be forever ashamed!


paradais 6 years ago

I agree with LunaJo and our writer Forbes Landis, that we should not be silent on what has happened to Michael Jackson, for many reasons. How can fighting for justice for Michael now be causing any more pain for Michael and his family than he already has endured? Ignoring it and letting it rest -that's just the head in the sand approach and that never works!

As has been said, all that it takes for evil to triumph over good is for good people to completely ignore it and thereby condoning the behaviour. We do owe Michael, his children and other family members to right this wrong, to fight for the complete restoration of Michael's honour and to expose the sordid world of bullying and greedy media, that could just as easily do this to the next up and coming!


lula 6 years ago

gracias


Antu 6 years ago

American dream never has existed!

Happy to know you have changed your opinion about MJ ..when LOVE touches hearts... something difficult to explain, but everything Michael Jackson touched turned into.. LOVE!

Have a wonderful weekend. :D


Eric Dao 6 years ago

What a wonderful article. I have seen this article being tweeted like crazy and `liked` so much on facebook. Thank you very much for sharing with us


Dimple 6 years ago

Amazing article


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Wulf Dreamwalker 6 years ago

Sad to say it but to me michael jackson was not the american dream though he was a good musician and singer .The same sort of reaction happens when other creative spirits pass away like John Lennon, Elvis Presley,John"The Duke" Wayne to name a few. Yet despite their passing the "American Dream" carries on. To me the dream is not to achieve fame and recognition but to make of your life what you can in the best possible way one can whether through music acting or writing novels and poetry. So in answer to your question ,No the american dream doesn't have to die with his death ,each and everyone of us can have our own version of the american dream and pass it onto those that follow after us b t w i posted a poem called A DAY IN TH AMERICAN DREAM several days ago before i saw this question even lol hope ya enjoy it


Mo 6 years ago

Thank you is allican say for this piece!


Tahlia 6 years ago

Thank you so much for this, this is the type of thing that needs to be printed more often. I've seen what the media has done, and unfortunately, so many people just blindly believe whatever the media tells them to. The things they write can seem true to people who don't know any better, the media are very good at twisting facts to make their statements appear true.

I researched what happened with Michael after he died, and was shocked to find that the real story was so different from what had been in the newspaper and on the tv. I've been researching the child abuse allegations since Mivchael died, and the more I find out about it, the more convinced I am that he NEVER hurt anyone. I will never blindly trust the media again, and those who made Michael's life a living hell with their biased and ignorant reports need to answer for what they did, and there needs to be punishment.

Journalists often defend themselves by saying that they just wrote their 'opinion', but they always seem to state their opinion as though it is fact. I have often read articles where the writer has clearly not done their homework, but they act like they know everything... in most cases, articles about Michael are nothing more than copy and paste pieces from people who either don't have the talent or can't be bothered reading up on their information. Freedom of speech was never meant to used as an excuse to slander people and say what you like about them without having to answer for it.


gabriella 6 years ago

very well writen :) i love you mj:-*


Nightflower 6 years ago

Thank you for an excellent and unbiased article. I couldn't agree with you more on the vicious role the media played in destroying a unique human being like Michael Jackson. It was a Modern Day Lynching and personnally I hold the media responsible for Michael Jackson's untimely death.


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SeeingClues 6 years ago

You are very humble saying you are not good at writing. You are actually showing how much of a natural gift you have...nuture it and keep writing. You have gained thousands of views from this posting and the same one on the ezine site. Talented writers who are courageous to present the truth are sorely needed, and much appreciated. God Bless you.


Lou Ann 6 years ago

Thank you for that. Michael was born for greatness. He lit the path that so many follow in now. He was a man with values, morals, integrity, honesty and possessed musical gifts that no one will ever duplicate. What was done to him is repulsive and irresponsible.

Thank you for your words of truth. It meant a lot to me.


cheetah 6 years ago

Thank you Very much Mr. Landis for this strongest article I've ever read about MJ and his death. You just wrote the words from my heart that I can't speak so clearly and so deep. To me, as one of Michael's supporters from China, it's not only American Dream, but also the dream of human kind, died with Michael Jackson. The humanism we fight for, and many pioneers died for, should not exclude the greatest human being on the earth. Michael is not only the result of America but also the fruit of our world. He is the icon, the climax of the civilization. He is the pearl on the top of the Babel. He showed us a brand new sight, the newest world record, the height that an individual can reach by finally touching the heaven from the earth... So that what he suffered there was such like he dedicated all his essence to us but he even was of no right to drink water or breathe air. Nothing could be more ungrateful and inhumane.

Consider of the fact that America killed Michael Jackson but at somewhere else he may even no chance to born, we are not easy to keep optimism on this species. A world no room for Michael Jackson is just so platitudinous, so gray, so ugly. As a legend, a myth he will never die. As a fact he would be never erased from the history book. His death make somebody sinners forever. How can they face Michael’s eyes in dream? How can they still eat, drink, laugh heartlessly everyday? I want to send them everyone an envelope with this article inside… Also, I feel guilty and regret, for “all it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” Under the fact of his premature death, nobody could be remited.


Carol 6 years ago

What I want to say is THANK YOU, I LOVE YOU.


Vote with your ears, eyes and lips 6 years ago

The greatest gift the American founders gave to posterity was the Bill of Rights -- an afterthought to the Constitution to protect against the abuse of power, which over times corrupts.

It's the third amendment which sets the framework for an open and free-thinking population: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

The greatest gift God gave to mankind is free-will, the capacity to make daily, hourly, minute-by-minute, second-by-second choices.

If want to silence an irresponsible out of control free press, the best way to do this is to responsibly use the free will God gave you. Don't buy their newspapers and magazines. Don't click onto their internet-based media. Don't watch their 24-hr news cycles. And if you do hear or see someone being castigated over an open flame, speak out to the source.

Finally, history is always the greatest arbiter of human achievment.


praised1 6 years ago

Kudos to you for being brave enough to address this situation that has become prevalent in our society. Kudos to for not being afraid to reference Michael Jackson as the glaring example of what our media has turned into. We cannot blame the media alone for their lack of integrity; we must also blame ourselves for accepting their lazy, mean-spirited sound bites, all the while clamoring for more. The beast cannot grow if it is not fed. I thank you for being a beacon for those that are afraid to challenge what is wrong. Hopefully, many more will gain courage from your lead. Blessings?


paradais 6 years ago

To Forbes, Do you have a facebook or twitter account? I'd like to ask you a question which I would prefer not to do on here. I am paradais2 on youtube. I'm not trying to promote anything of my own or any other sites. Thank you.


April Toche 6 years ago

I had to comment. This is the greatest article I have ever read on the great man, and it is Exactly the way I feel. You are awesome, thanks so much for reminding everyone about this one in a million person that was treated like a dog, instead of the way he should have been treated, like an emperor. He gave hope to so many, and he will be missed forever.


carm 6 years ago

I cannot thank you enough for such a brilliant article. I am one of those people who has done a tremendous amount of research since MJ's death and gradually over a period of several months have undone 20 yrs. of brainwashing. I have learned so much I never knew before since the media not only lies and distorts the truth but will also suppress any information which is positive and which would conflict with the deceitful reporting of their colleaues. You give an excellent description of the events surrounding the 1993 case which is easy for the average person to understand (not an easy task in this complex case. Please post your article everywhere! Even if people aren't interested in MJ there are many valuable lessons to be learned as you so eloquently pointed out in your article. Bravo!


Mary 6 years ago

What a lucid write-up, which so articulately highlights the distortions parroted about the late M Jackson. I whole heartedly wish to thank the author of this refreshingly honest exposition.

I would encourage others to spread this article around where ever they can!


brainwashed5150 6 years ago

I agree 100%...the media LIES! MJ, 9/11, Waco, Oklahoma City, Democracy, Obama, Iraq...Bush, etc., ect. We have many men to look to for the answers to the big question! "What do I do?", Ghandi, Mohamed, Jeshua (Jesus)...what are you waiting for? Stand up and know who you are!


brainwashed5150 6 years ago

One more question? Who are you For. Ever. Landis...where did you come from? This is the sort of article I'd expect from a veteran columnist...

Watch this movie...Hijackinghumanity.com


tagea 6 years ago

Thank you for this wonderful article

All the world should read


For. Ever. Landis 6 years ago Author

Thank you everyone for the positive feedback. I very much appreciate all the comments that have been made at length. I am gratified to see that readers have been so receptive to the points I was trying to convey with this article. I truly believe that the public must be vigilant against such a state of affairs so that the same thing is not done to someone else.

@paradais : Thank you for your interest. You could ask questions through "Contact For. Ever. Landis".

@brainwashed5150 : Thank you for the movie recommendation, will look it up.


fede66 6 years ago

Dear Forbes Everett Landis,

I think you said THE TRUTH....finally....someone who speaks out THE TRUTH!!!!!!! I just can't believe it!!!! Thank you so much...Michael would have approve!!! I'll surely share this on my FB and Twitter profile!!!! We are Michael's voice and if united, we can make that change!!!

Love and respect from Italy...


ab 6 years ago

Great article. So many thousands of people have actively found out the truth after Michael Jackson's death, and we need to put it out there and communicate about it among ourselves. What happened to him was a disgrace, a very dark chapter in the history of media. He gave the world so much in the way of money, support, happiness, entertainment, art - and got mockery and a death sentence in return. It's shameful.


wisp950 6 years ago

I would like to commend you on your well written article. The truth,for a change,is so nice to read..


chanel 6 years ago

this is our Michael.This is not just about the artist but about the wonderful man he was (is).Thanks for this great article.


ldlovmj7 6 years ago

Thank you sir !

I would like so much to be able to write like you. What happened to Michael Jackson make me terribly sad. I cannot understand all the cruelty he endured.

Your article is helpful.


Raisha 6 years ago

I will make sure to spread this word.

This is the type of article people need to be reading, unlike the intelligence-deprived, braincell assassinating, fallacy infested articles I've been coming across prior to and after his death.

I wholeheartedly agree with you.


maria grazia 6 years ago

Thank you for this article. Michael Jackson was a true humanitarian. He did charity work for all his life. He really cared about the future of the earth. Media ignored that and still do it. I've never been a pop star fan. I love classical music too but Jackson was a genius and a wonderful human being. His death made me speechless and angry for all the pain he had to endure. Thank you so much from Italy


karen 6 years ago

Dear Mr. landis,

Thank you for writing a very intelligent thoughtful article.

I am from the Philippines, so far away from the US, but eversince I was a child before I even seen a TV we have known and heard Michael Jacksons' music. Many countries outside of US have dear love for Michael Jacskon. During all the supposed 'weirdness and strange' things, we have never stopped loving and supporting Michael Jackson. Just I suppose the kind of people who supported and cared for Michael Jackson were the quiet ones who did not care for or join the Hollywood bandwagon of stuff. So many millions love and revered this mans' kindness. He is a part of many of our families. Last night I was watching an old film of Cris Rock "I think I love my wife'. I love Cris Rocks little movies as they are funny. But I was surprised and dissappointed to see part of the movie where they have to villify Michael Jackson and say the same comments as what the US media kept hounding Michael Jackson for. Commenting about whether they would let Michael Jackson watch their kids. I am so sick of it and really feel very sorry and sad for Michael Jacksons' family. Some other movies or music videos will make fun about his skin color, his voice and neverland. I cannot understand how it should help actors in a movie script make more money to keep adding insults and injuries to someone like Michael Jackson, sniping, biting and purely just crucifying someone- and theres not even a need for it. Do they really not understand that by doing this they lose viewership, audience, fans. I don't understand why they have made this behavior a fad, a trend. Do they really think everyone is agreeing and laughing at it? Somehow sometimes the US forgets there is a big world out there too that doesn't share their thinking. This year, after so many years of admiring Oprah, I have lost heart for her as well. I have never seen her so keen and so gossipy than when she interviews Lisa Marie Presley about Michael Jackson, even with Lisa Maries mother at one point, bashing and insulting Michael jackson so blatantly, and using her insecurity to keep asking about so many personal things. Up till lately, she asked the same questions that he had been acquitted for already, and which question was answered so many times already. She had to keep asking the same questions over and over again about the molestation charges, because of it she had achieved making the audience think in fact he had done it because of her own bias. Where the responsibility in tv journalism. I keep losing heart for some artist in the same industry as Michael Jackson everytime I find them speaking his name in such insulting bullish ways. I do not understand how it helps them earn money, how it helps them earn respect, or how they could be in the same industry insulting someone who had achieved so much and had reached so many people throughout the world. Black people crucifying someone who is also black - Michael Jackson but who has 100times achieved so much more than anyone of them-just blatantly putting out their judgements right there on TV is so lacking of responsibility and so way down low. Unfortunately it had become a way for 'racist' and 'bigot' as well to mask themselves. If they want to look cool and belonging, should they not do it in a better taste and move. how come people forget nowadays to put their selves in that persons shoes. Too many movies now, too many shows, always seem to have to snipe at Michael Jacksons' love of kids - the very main reason why people had started thinking it is okay to bully and destroy his name. Just watching a comedy peacefully like 'I love my wife" had made my night so bad. Again, thank you for your article. I hope you can publish it in many mediums.


Susan Tennant 6 years ago

Dear Mr Landis, I have difficulty on so many levels with your article.

Those who knew and loved Michael--his family and friends--knew who Michael was. Most of all--Michael knew who he was.

While I was not a fan of the artist, I posthumously became a fan of the man--who with a stroke of genius and a whole lot of courage lived what he believed, donating hundreds of millions of dollars and time to make the world a little kinder, a little gentler, a little less cold and a little less mean.

And to all of his fans--who heap praise on his name and crown him as some kind of messiah king--I think all he really wanted you to do, was be a little kinder, a little gentler...to make a difference in your own families, workplaces, neighbourhoods. Maybe in your loving memory for him, you can do this...you can help make the world a better place by your love..in your loving memory of Michael. As Lau Tze said, "Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it." Love is like water, soft and flexible, yet nothing can resist it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQqCTaRTqrQ


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CooperScape 6 years ago from Albany, NY

Very well written and researched. Michael Jackson's life was a media circus. They never let the poor guy alone. It's doubtful anyone will surpass his talent in our lifetime. His untimely death was tragic and could have been avoided. The doctors who performed his numerous nose surgeries and liberally prescribed pain killers without ensuring supervision should be shot. Given his sensitive nature as an artist and human being, his mental state amidst all the media pressure must have been unstable at best. I viewed videos of Michael Jackson on Yahoo over the summer and am still in awe of his talent. The Thriller video is a perennial Halloween highlight and serves as a tragic remembrance of this ill fated star. A very thought-provoking Hub, For. Ever. Landis.


manuela 6 years ago

Thank you very much Mr. Landis for the article.

It's very interesting and I think you have focused on the problem. I'd love to find more articles like this in the megazines.I hope each of us will spread it because it's time people understand that Michael was victim of media cospiracy and how media can distort our point of view. Michael's story is sadly an example.

As you wrote,Michael wanted to change the world,he was a true humanitarian,a pure man,his music allowed him to touch people's heart. His music spread message of love and caring. He could be a point of union beetween humans. He invited people to take care of the Planet,he always gave a good example to the new generations through his pureness,his kindness,his humbleness,his true love for children and for weakest people. Neverland was built for children around the world too. Because he loved seeing children's smile. A lot of sick children were healed trough Michael's love and caring,after they visited Neverland or they met Micheal. There are a lot of testimonials about them. But media hide this kind of news,they invented lies creating a false image of him,totally different from the true one. I think it's not a coincidence....

Thank you very much Mr.Landis,I hope you will write again about Michael.

I apologize for my bad English,

Best Regards,

Manuela


Claudia 6 years ago

Dear Mr.Forbes Everett Landis

I would like to express my appreciation to you for the article published on the behavior of the media in America.

This is the first article that I read that really told the truth about what happened to Michael Jackson.

Diversity is a resource.

The 'objectivity with which she wrote this article really does honor. This is information. Although not a get rich quickly.

Thanks.

Claudia


Barbara 6 years ago

Dear Mr.Forbes Everett Landis, thank you for this objective and intelligent article. The whole world should read this and think, Mr.Michael Jackson would be grateful and so am I.

All my respect.


Anonymous 6 years ago

"May I note that he was not paid to endure pain, but for his relentless efforts and dedication to his craft."

This says it all. Thank you for your article.


Sarah Santos 6 years ago

Thank you for writing such a well informed piece! Finally someone has the nerve to say it. It's truly disgusting how Michael Jackson was treated and basically bullied in the media. I have never witnessed such horrible character assasination. It's true that those who are different are the only ones who push the human race forward or actually try to change the world. It's so sad that Michael Jackson only tried to be humanity's cheerleader was put down for it. He only urged people to make the world better. In turn he was attacked for it.


6 years ago

Dear Mr. Forbes Everett Landis, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for writing this article! Finally someone said it like it is. I appreciate logic, arguments and most of all TRUTH in this article. I appreciate very much that finally someone pointed out how wonderful, humble Mike was, what a gentleman he was, unlike most of artists who are making their carriers on scandals, controversy and shocking values. Many, most of journalists should learn from you. Thank you and God bless you! Wishing you all the best!

S


Linda 6 years ago

At a time when functionally illiterate people seem to access forum for their unresearched, regurgitated and imported opinions it is not hard to see why we have a problem with a media that is driven by profit and sensationalism. Of course the US compounds the problem with anti-interventionist governance and the 'lets sue' mentality.

But I sat in the tea room at work today and was flitting through a 'very' old magazine and came across a truly offensive article written about MJ accompanied by a picture with children (just great if they ever see it) only 12 months before his death. The tragedy is that the man could not do anything - couldn't expose them to the abuse he was receiving, couldn't let them go to school because it obviously would be a hideous trauma, couldn't be seen in the very public he had tirelessly worked for and then been destroyed by. Meanwhile the vicious and vitriolic (to say nothing of libelious and slanderous taunts) rained on him from all corners. And they wonder why he medicated himself to oblivion!

This article is brilliantly written. I simply do not understand the USA and its eternally and transparent profit driven behaviours at the expense of fundamental human rights.


For. Ever. Landis 6 years ago Author

Once again, thank you everyone for all the feedback. May I daresay that it is in fact a relief for me that many of us seem to be on the same page here regarding this subject, judging by the comments received.

Below I have addressed these frequently asked questions :

--URL LINKS?

Welcome.

--TIE UP PROJECTS, PERMISSION TO PRINT, etc?

Please contact me using the hubpages email form, the link for which is at the upper right side of this page. Though as I have a busy job and family, kindly allow for a few days before I am able to go through the email and write back.

--WHO ARE YOU?

I am a devoted parent who works in the educational field, with a global context. I am not a journalist myself.

--WHY NOW?

Why not now ? I believe the points I hoped to make in the article, should implicitly contain the answer to this question.

--MORE COMING?

This article I posted simply because I felt compelled to write on this subject and voice my concerns. But I am unsure if I will be writing anything more in the future.

Wishing everyone a wonderful day. Thank you.


aglarnis 6 years ago

Thank you very much for opening some's eyes! The world would need more people like you, people who are not afraid to tell the truth.


Beatriz 6 years ago

Thank you so much for this wonderful article!


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America

Rated Up, useful, awesome, beautiful, and bookmarked. I write quite a lot about anti-bully programming and violence and appreciate your Hub!


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Mr. Landis, I also wrote a hub about Michael Jackson and I am teary eyed now as I read your hub. Being in a preschool setting, more and more I see the importance of the need for love and respect and how we need to start them young. The things you have written here applies to all of us wherever we are. How many times have we judged, condemned another for being different? Why do we tend to be gleeful in seeing another person fail? Why can't media celebrate joy and positive things more often? These things leave us pondering and so I thank you for writing such a beautiful piece of article about Michael J. May it bring us to a better place of understanding and peace. May it inspire us to focus on the positive things of life. May Michael's life create ripples of inspiration for us to be better persons ourselves.

Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination! http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/61041#post1353838 This is the forum link of the Hubnuggets. Do drop by to share what it feels like to be a nominee. Then follow the link to vote! Thank you very much. Blessings.


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fetty 6 years ago from South Jersey

Loved the Burke quote and your main premise about the effects opportunistic journalism is having on our culture. Voted you up and congratulations on your nomination!


Sue Adams 6 years ago

Thank you, Mr Landis, for such an excellent article regarding Michael Jackson! Finally, someone who has had the courage to stand up and make it known how Michael was so mercilessly hounded and chased down by the tabloids and media! When actually, not only does he remain to this today to be the GREATEST ENTERTAINER EVER but one of the kindest and caring souls who only ever tried to bring joy and happiness to all of our lives including those of handicapped and terminally ill children and all the media sought and chose to do was corrupt and twist this into something sinister of their own making. This bullying cannot continue and we have had enough so thanks for exposing the truth in your great article! Sue Adams


Damario 6 years ago

Wow, this is the best article written on Michael and the media. Awesome writing ability you have Mr. Landis, it's unfortunate though that you don't believe your writing skills are outstanding. Thank you for pointing out the corruption surrounding the media. I am terribly angry and heartbroken of how evil has mostly prevailed at destroying this great man's life. We have to be aware that most information that come from the media is not all truthful. Phenomenal read Mr. Landis and I'm going share this article with family, friends, and everyone else. I read in Ebony and Vibe magazine that Michael did support 39 charities, but I found out that he donated more than 300 million, more like 500 million throughout his life. And the media had the nerve to try debase and belittle this phenomenal human being. I agree with Karen, the people involved with the exploitation of Michael Jackson's privacy, liberty, dignity, and comfort should be punished for what they've done; they really need to be. Everyone has to answer for their mistakes and their woes; the media shouldn't be any different. God Bless

Damario H


Tanya 6 years ago

Michael,I love you....forever.


Venay 6 years ago

This is truly one of the best illustrative and eloquently honorable articles I've read in a very long time and I intend to share it as much as I possibly can.

The wound that will never, ever heal though is the fact that nothing of the caliber of this article was EVER written while there was still time to stop the neverending assaults that were incrementally killing Michael. Only after finally succumbing to the years of soul crushing cruelty by every imaginable media, did anyone stop to consider what had been done to the one who had unselfishly shared so much while encompassing his American Dream.

I hope Michael did not die in vain and that the world and America especially, will learn that words can indeed kill.

Thank you again for this wonderful and moving article! RIP our beloved Michael.


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Thanks for bringing it up again, Fo.Ever.Landis. Case clarified but not close. Go on, write more and Welcome to HubPages. Congratrulations on your HubNugget nomination. ;)


Brenda Beazley 6 years ago

Cannot thank you enough for this effort....but I'll try....THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!


Myrna Ramos 6 years ago

Mr. Landis... Thank you!! Gracias!! You spoke my heart in this amazing article. God bless you! Dios lo bendiga.

With L.O.V.E and appreciation.

Myrna Ramos

México, City, Mexico.


LIZ 6 years ago

YES IT IS TIME FOR US TO SPEAK UP!!! THANK YOU Mr. Landis, GREAT ARTICLE. HOPE OPRAH READ HER LESSON.


Donna Massa-Chappee 6 years ago

It's about time someone had the gumption to look at Mr. Jackson through a different light! Excellient article!! Thank you for sharing. Brilliant!!


Naj 6 years ago

Bravo...Bravo...excellent article!

The mainstream Media of today, want's to cover-up explosive stories with fluff about Hollywood money...I say, "WHO CARES"...


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

I do miss Michael. He never had a chance for a normal life. He is sorely missed. Congrats on your nomination and good luck.


LongCreek 6 years ago

Dear Mr. Landis,

Thank you! You are very astute in your observations that all these persecutions of Michael Jackson are a mirror of what has been happening in society in general over the course of years. An assesment of Michael Jackson's life and all those things that occurred in it and all those involved in such things speaks loudly and is a 'wake up call' for all of us. How can any one person comprehend this and do nothing about it? To do such would be to stand aside as a 'guilty bystander' when witnessing a crime. It is the same logic. I appeal to all to let Michael's triumphs and pains be informative in your own lives and for all those who you care about as well. We've had enough. Michael is the bringer of REAL change in our society and our world. Others may attempt to use this platform, but Michael lived it. He will be the one who opens our eyes and hearts to join in unity and make this world a better place for everyone. God bless you. LongCreek


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Tammy L 6 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

Very insightful information about a man who seemed to do everything early in life, from performing to superstardom to death. Congratulations on your Hubnuggets win!


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Deni Edwards 6 years ago from california

Excellent hub! Thanks for writing it-beautiful!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Great hub! Thank you. I believe Michael was exploited by the media. They repeat whatever sells their "sensationalistic shock and awe" drivel. They repeatedly drug out the same unprovable insinuations and the "comics" made a living on it too. I like Louis Farrakhan's take on Michael, "the Crucifixion of Michael Jackson". God bless!


Sylvia Sky 6 years ago

Excellent article and analysis. Should have been published in The New York Times.

I am a journalist who left the news field because of the distasteful things we were required to do by our newspapers.


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

Excellent article. Your world view is very sane in my opinion, Jackson was a gentle soul in a very harsh world. He had other people's projections piled on him, and deserved none of it.


supermjjfan1 6 years ago

Every single time I read how Michael was unaware he was viewed by the world as `weird`,I start to cry. What a terrible thing for someone to believe!What a torture this man was subjected to. This article points out the obvious;Michael was a decent oldfashioned gentleman. I guess that just isn't acceptable anymore. To be raunchy,perverse and excessive in all areas seems to be the `norm` for people in the entertainment industry.If Michael finally cursed in some songs,I say good for him;he earned the right to scream obsenities from the rooftop of the White House,what with his being maligned by these vultures of the press.Some people just dont seem to have any conscience or any nice parts to their insides.Shame on those who are so malicious.SHAME!!!!!!


Roulette Sniper 6 years ago

Michael Jackson was truly a genius and embodied everything that the american dream stood for. Unfortunately he probably wasn't happy in himself and this was a great shame. similar to many of the world's geniuses.


Pull Your Ex Back Review 6 years ago

So many people were too quick to make fun of MJ. I don't think its until his death that people have truly appreciated his work and his genius.


MNLady 5 years ago

Bravo! A thousand times - Bravo! This informative and concise article needs to be in every newspaper, news room, television station across the entire globe. It is so refreshing to have the truth out there - but more need to see it. This amazing, remarkable human being did the Moondance on the stages of our hearts. Bravo, sir!


Margarita Pereyra 5 years ago

GRACIAS, MIL GRACIAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ES UN ARTICULO BRILLANTE EN SU ANÁLISIS , Y ES TERRIBLEMENTE TRAGICO Y DOLOROSO , PORQUE NOS ENFRENTA A LA HIPOCRESIA DE NUESTRA SOCIEDAD, A LA MALSANA ENVIDIA Y A LA POTENCIAL DESTRUCTIVIDAD QUE ESTO TIENE EN LOS SERES HUMANOS , MAS AUN CUANDO POSEEN ALGUN SISTEMA DE PODER!

POR QUE ESTE ARTICULO NO SE PUBLICA EN EL N.YORK TIMES?????

MICHAEL FUE UN EJEMPLO DE TRABAJO, DE GENIALIDAD Y DE HUMILDAD, PERO ADEMAS, POR SI FUESE POCO, TAMBIEN DE BONDAD.- QUIZA ES DEMASIADO PARA UN SOLO SER HUMANO!!! Y ESO NO RESULTA TOLERABLE PARA MUCHOS... TAL VEZ PODEMOS PENSAR QUE MICHAEL HA REPRESENTADO UN PARADIGMA MODERNO, APLASTADO POR LA POSMODERNIDAD, CONSUMIDO EN LA SOLEDAD, Y EN LA DEVASTACIÓN QUE TANTO ESFUERZO, EXPLOTACION Y DESPROTECCION LE FUERON GENERANDO. NO PUEDO EVITAR PENSAR QUE DE ALGUN MODO EMULA "UN CRISTO POSMODERNO",CONDENADO POR SER DIFERENTE Y DEMASIADO BUENO PARA NUESTRO MUNDO, POCO CONVENIENTE PARA MUCHOS!! Y NOS HA DEJADO UN TERRIBLE SENTIMIENTO DE DOLOR, DE IMPOTENCIA, DE INJUSTICIA, PERO SOBRETODO UN ENORME MENSAJE DE AMOR EN TODO LO QUE HIZO!!!!!!!!! ALGUN DIA ESPERO QUE EL MUNDO SEPA RECONOCERLO!!!!!

GRACIAS NUEVAMENTE!!!!


Margarita Pereyra 5 years ago

GRACIAS, MIL GRACIAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ES UN ARTICULO BRILLANTE EN SU ANÁLISIS , Y ES TERRIBLEMENTE TRAGICO Y DOLOROSO , PORQUE NOS ENFRENTA A LA HIPOCRESIA DE NUESTRA SOCIEDAD, A LA MALSANA ENVIDIA Y A LA POTENCIAL DESTRUCTIVIDAD QUE ESTO TIENE EN LOS SERES HUMANOS , MAS AUN CUANDO POSEEN ALGUN SISTEMA DE PODER!

POR QUE ESTE ARTICULO NO SE PUBLICA EN EL N.YORK TIMES?????

MICHAEL FUE UN EJEMPLO DE TRABAJO, DE GENIALIDAD Y DE HUMILDAD, PERO ADEMAS, POR SI FUESE POCO, TAMBIEN DE BONDAD.- QUIZA ES DEMASIADO PARA UN SOLO SER HUMANO!!! Y ESO NO RESULTA TOLERABLE PARA MUCHOS... TAL VEZ PODEMOS PENSAR QUE MICHAEL HA REPRESENTADO UN PARADIGMA MODERNO, APLASTADO POR LA POSMODERNIDAD, CONSUMIDO EN LA SOLEDAD, Y EN LA DEVASTACIÓN QUE TANTO ESFUERZO, EXPLOTACION Y DESPROTECCION LE FUERON GENERANDO. NO PUEDO EVITAR PENSAR QUE DE ALGUN MODO EMULA "UN CRISTO POSMODERNO",CONDENADO POR SER DIFERENTE Y DEMASIADO BUENO PARA NUESTRO MUNDO, POCO CONVENIENTE PARA MUCHOS!! Y NOS HA DEJADO UN TERRIBLE SENTIMIENTO DE DOLOR, DE IMPOTENCIA, DE INJUSTICIA, PERO SOBRETODO UN ENORME MENSAJE DE AMOR EN TODO LO QUE HIZO!!!!!!!!! ALGUN DIA ESPERO QUE EL MUNDO SEPA RECONOCERLO!!!!!

GRACIAS NUEVAMENTE!!!!


liz 5 years ago

oh thank you so much for this piece, well written & thought provoking. Especially loved the relation to our children & their future. Liked how you called it bullying. so true great read. have shared this. thanks again.


domo_mjj 5 years ago

i think michael joe jackson is alive but in hiding


malcyannie 5 years ago

Beautifully written!


LB 5 years ago

Thank you for this write up. A note here :

This article has been selected to be featured in a recently developed educational packet intended for use in school curricula. This packet titled "Words and Violence" is part of the Voices Education Project, featured online.

"The packet is filled with individual activities helping students understand the power of words and the responsibility attached to using them. There are thought-provoking articles on the press, tabloid journalism, and words used as mass destruction--all of these practices leading to potential violence"


Caroline 4 years ago

I'd like to thank the author of this article for the great job. This is absolutelly one of the most sensible articles I've ever read about this subject. Everyone should read this.


MJJJusticeProject 4 years ago

Artlcles like these that succiently lay out the issue, clearly need to be translated in every language and spread acroos the world three or four dozens times.. and sent to all media outlets..

Michael Jackson truth is coming.. and it's only a matter of time.


Renee 4 years ago

After all the beautiful commentary about this article have been said, it is now up to us the American public to fight against the injustices of media for anyone nd continuously offer positive rebuttals to Michael's character. Thank you deeply for this article.


MICAELA LA JACKSONER@ 4 years ago

SI UBIERA UN HOMNRE COMO EL EN ESTE MUNDO QUE AYUDE A QUELLOS QUE NO TENIAN NADA SERIAN TODOS UN EJEMPLO A SEGUIR..MICHAEL ERA UN HOMBRE DE UUN BUEN CORAZON, ENTREGABA SU AMOR A LOS QUE LO NECESTABAN DE VERDAD..UN BUEN HOMBRE SIN PALABRAS PARA DESCRIBIRLO


toniaug29 4 years ago

This is an amazing article well researched and well written i agree with ares about the first commentor saage saying that we should not discuss Michael leave it alone we should continue to discuss his life the American Media needs to face up to the injustice, lies and pain they cause this man. Micheal's trials should not be forgotten in death as when he was alive a lot of us did not let him forget the fake transgressions we thought he had done to society. Michael Jackson not "wacko jacko" just a man, a father , a son , a brother, dear friend to all, greatest musician, humanitarian, dancer and vocalist and the most humble man, even though he had fame and riches.Love from Toronto originally and authentically 100%Jamaican made. Thanks for sharing.


caro 4 years ago

I have only just come across this wonderful article via the MJ fan club reading room, and though I live in South Africa, I think all that you have written applies all over the world. I wasn't a Michael fan until after just after he died, so didn't really know what had gone on in US but am reading everything that I can set my eyes on now, and this article is by far the best I have ever read. Thank you so much for putting it so well. It needs to be said and it needs to be read so that this fantastic human being can be recognised as the ABSOLUTE GENIUS that he was. I have copied it and am going to send it to all sorts of people who would enjoy it, and some who still don't understand just what happened.


Jasmine 4 years ago

L.O.V.E. for Michael, Always....


Mimijak 4 years ago

Thank you for sharing this post, I'm from Brazil and I'm also developing a Girlfriend with a text that we want to make this a great lift and wipe out the followers of "bullying", American art that some have taken as a more Ethics as correct and will address the history and the facts which concern not only the image but to life, the principles governing the conduct of a person. A pity that Michael has been the target to demonstrate the decay and rot where are the bodies and persons responsible for determining certain lines of behavior within the society, where personal principles,seized in the comfort of home and religion, are no longer valued, the Moral Values ??of conduct of a Society and Citizenship, ceased to be an important knowledge to be discussed within a school as well as basic knowledge of all religions in order to instill a sense of empathy and tolerance among peoples, and Ethics Information with this, most do not know what is more, some may think perhaps that is something to eat and not to learn.I sincerely hope that this position be reviewed for the sake of future generations, not only generations of children and young North American, but to generations around the world, and that is accompanying the Mídia Television Writing and an example of "Good Practice "They forget that they are directly responsible for certain behaviors disceminar misrepresented as certain, instead of fighting this despicable practice, seem to cheer like marginal right conduct. I pray to God so that people stand up and begin to really fight and demand that there be a filter on what is allowed to serve and get inside our homes, from cartoons, to a mere placement or transmission of information simple, but they are made responsibly, about the audience that the text or its transmission reach, the violence must not go through, no violence is she kidding or not, violence is violence, and crinaça often can not do with clearly there is a fine line between make-believe and reality, it seems, makes-believe now is only for adults, where are the stories that taught Children, Moral values ??and manners in certain real situations, children were without a material nature really childish, everything has a double meaning, with dubious characters and end up confusing children about what is right or wrong.


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