Michael Jackson is Dead

Michael Jackson is Dead

I can't believe the sad feelings this evokes in me. Michael was mentally deranged and most likely a pervert. Yet no one can argue that he was one the world's greatest music artists of the 80's. He is an American icon with all of his flaws, weirdness and fantastic singing and dancing ability. His story ends on such a sad note. Found lying face down today from a heart attack, Michael was later declared dead at the hospital.

It is easy to understand why he died. The constant surgical alterations to his face, and perhaps also whitening his skin to purposely appear more white, Michael gave up his black heritage. The stress of his twisted view on life, the controversies that surrounded him and Neverland and eventually the negative feedback received from his fans, probably weighed on him more than we can ever know.

Strangely, his bid to create a new persona was successful. When I first heard him on the radio, and later saw him on TV, I never thought of him as the boy in the Jackson Five, but as Michael Jackson of "I'm Bad". The guy was a literal genius when it came to pop music, his name rises to the top of the 80's list when one is asked to think of the most influential music artist of that period. He continued to dominate into the 90's but slowly other artists copied his flamboyant style and he became less of a spectacle.

Despite his questionable personal activities, Michael Jackson is one of the most memorable figures in recent American history, and loved the world over. Apparently, he was set to make another comeback with a whopping 50 concerts at the London Arena. It is interesting to note that he was planning on making his comeback in the UK, gathering the British and European fans together to fan the flames of Michael Jackson love. Why didn't he plan it for the US?

The American public has never been able to shake the stigma that has followed him after the events at Neverland. He even left the US for a while to escape a possible unfavorable judgment. But even the validity of the accusation was in question, the boy he supposedly touched inappropriately never seemed certain about whether it happened or not, and it was possible that the parents of this boy were trying to take advantage of Michael's weird behavior. It is also entirely possible that Michael's strange lifestyle made him even weirder, kind of like a fire that feeds itself when it gets hot enough. Losing touch with reality, his response was to move into realms of reality that could never make sense to ordinary people. Altering his appearance was probably his way of acting on his inward desire for stability, there is no way a rational person could have done this and thought it was normal and not expect to be ostracized for it. Pursuing his dreams, he created a fantasy world for children, perhaps because he wanted to give something to children he never had and always wanted. Perhaps he really did care, but as his life became more surreal, he gave into even stranger behavior and ended up groping a boy.

There may be a reason he lost himself, but there is no excuse for his actions. It should have been clearly evident that he was out of his mind when he dangled his son high above a street to show him off to reporters. It would have been merciful to take him into custody for child endangerment right then, for the kids and for him. But people with money or power or both find themselves immune to normal rules and laws. Who knows what kind of strangeness he perpetuated with his children in his own house? Now it will be impossible to know for sure. Michael's high voice will never carry across the airwaves again to tell us how innocent he is.

And yet, I am still sad. An amazing artist, he touched the hearts of not only Americans, but those who dreamed of coming to America. His best years were along side movies like Back to the Future and singers like Tina Turner. He is unforgettable, and will likely be worshipped the way Elvis is still worshipped today. I will not say God bless Michael Jackson, but I will mourn the passing of an icon, of what he used to be when he was at his best, and one of the best examples of what America is. I mourn his sad life and pray that his children will learn from their father's mistakes.

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shane 7 years ago

hi this is shane im in the phillipines im so sad that michael jackson was dead ...and i was crying very hard....hope you have a blessed day and your family i love you very much and i know micheal was blessed by god..... thank you

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Alexander Mark 7 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks for your thoughts Shane, it is very sad.

Warped 7 years ago

This artist, loved or hated, has given us more colorful lives. We can all learn from his mistakes and his triumphs.

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Alexander Mark 7 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon Author

Totally agree, thanks for commenting Warped.

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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

Very sad and even more sad was the fact that no one was there to help him when he needed it most. Like your new avatar. Is that your cat?

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Alexander Mark 7 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon Author

Hi Gypsy, I didn't think about that, I guess he was alone when he had the heart attack. My adopted grandmother, (our next door neighbor), had a heart attack and died probably minutes after I left her house years ago, but I don't feel sad for her at all, she died in the chair she sat in all day, and it seemed like a good way to go - we had made plans to watch a movie together. I think I feel differently for MJ because I see him as a lonely person.

About the cat, no, I ripped that off a video from yourfriendly on youtube. He just looked so dissatisfied with life, it cracked me up. I think I may change it soon, didn't turn out as well as I hoped.

Thanks for dropping in :-)

sahil 7 years ago

we miss u michel

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Alexander Mark 7 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks for the video sunersa, it was marked as spam, sorry it took a while to get to, but I think this adds to the article.

thanks for commenting sahil

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Alexander Mark 7 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon Author

Attention commenters: if your comment is not in line with the article or you just want to make ribald statements, you will be denied - don't waste your time or mine. I have deleted 2 already.

alexander klopper 7 years ago

they recyceled him into plastic lego blocks, now the kids can play with HIM

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Alexander Mark 7 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon Author

Hey hey! the real Alexander. That's an interesting thought, this sounds like something in my "replication" article: http://hubpages.com/technology/Star-Trek-Replicato

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Storytellersrus 5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

I know this is an old hub, but I watched the movie record of his final concert preparations, "This Is It," two nights ago and the brilliance of this man remains with me. I am too old to have been an MJ fan and my kids were too young to really get into him either. But this movie illustrates his attention to detail and his genius. I can imagine he had trouble sleeping at night, as he was part of all the action on stage, leading the musicians, the dancers and at his ripe old age, keeping up with the energy on set. I am sure those who worked with him were devastated not only to lose him, but to lose the thrill of the work.

Thanks for giving me a space to reflect. And good luck finding a border collie mix!

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Alexander Mark 5 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon Author

Congratulations Storytellersus, you have found my lowest ranking hub. But I wrote this because MJ was a part of my life as well, for good or bad. Honestly I never watched the "final" performance, I will always remember his music, but it's neat that you can apppreciate him despite the generation gap(s). I saw some clips, and you're right, he hadn't lost any of his energy or skill. It's sad he took so many wrong turns in life.

Deb Welch 5 years ago

I went to see the movie - This Is It - I am glad his doctor went to jail and was found guilty of manslaughter.

I apologized for believing the media about Michael and his trouble with a young boy. I wasn't there - I now think he was completely innocent of doing anything perverted. His fame became too much for him to handle and yes - he lost his mind - who changes their facial features under the knife to those extremes? Positively weird. Yet - Michael was loveable and a super talent all of his life. Good Hub and sharing your view.

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Alexander Mark 5 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon Author

I am not sure if we will ever understand why he behaved the way he did, or even if he did abuse those children. I tend to think like you, he lost his mind - he was a tortured soul. Thanks for your view Deb.

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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

I enjoyed reading your terrific article about a talented but truly strange character. I am not sure what to think about him. May God Rest His Soul.

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Alexander Mark 4 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon Author

Thank you sir! It is hard to come up with a definitive opinion of a man that engendered so many strong feelings through his odd behavior. Not sure if we are better off without him, but he left a permanent mark on our culture either way.

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