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THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO SAY IT — Michael Jackson is a legend. He passed away tragically on June 9th, 2009 at the age of 50 due to complications with his numerous prescription medications and was once called a “tortured soul” by Deepak Chopra. Everyone who knows pop culture knows MJ even if they haven’t heard or seen anything he did. In his lifetime he developed the entire music industry with his impeccable talent and his undying desire to entertain the masses. Even now, almost a decade after his death, he is still the supreme King of Pop and of Controversy.
Over the course of a 45-year career, he never once messed up on stage. Except if you decide to include the Pepsi commercial accident, which wasn’t really his fault. If you dig a little bit deeper into his life story you would also find various scandals and allegations that landed him in court twice and cost him millions of dollars in settlements involving molestation charges with young boys.
Any way that you look at his resume it was quite the accomplishment what he did. Thanks to his father’s pressure and the support of his siblings, from the age of 5 he was singing on stage. When he got in front of a crowd, he knew naturally how to move and interact like no other entertainer could. When the cameras were on, we always saw him working as hard as he could and he had a certain style that was synchronized and timed-out in a way that was always executed perfectly — but looked effortless. He critiqued every dance move hundreds of hours before he’d perform them in front of any crowd and he knew exactly what his voice sounded like to others. He wrote this in his autobiography, Moonwalk:
What one wishes is to be touched by truth and to be able to interpret that truth so that one may use what one is feeling and experiencing, be it despair or joy, in a way that will add meaning to one’s life and will hopefully touch others as well. This is art in its highest form. Those moments of enlightenment are what I continue to live for.
He was the master of his skill and he took his career very, very, very seriously. Reportedly he micromanaged his special effects and lighting technicians at his concerts; got on everyone’s nerves. Very many of those employed by Michael complained about him to management but they never actually disagreed with him in person. His teachings; his legacy is a masterpiece forever waiting to be understood and interpreted.
Along with waving his child over a balcony, owning many exotic animals like a chimpanzee named Bubbles, being overly extravagant, spending insane amounts of money on art and toys, having his own persona for the tabloids and lip syncing a few times…
With lip sync
No lip sync
When the cameras were off, he may have been a pedophile or he was exploring the idea with all of his money. I personally don’t believe that he did anything with the children but I do believe that he had some child porn in his possession. Apparently, parents were literally demanding that their children stay at his house overnight, in the hopes that they would become famous — so I don’t know exactly how to feel.
IN 1993, A BOY NAMED Jordan Chandler (his father Evan Chandler was the accuser) and then in 2005 with the trial following the accusation by Gavin Arvizo. There were many other accusations but those are the main ones that landed him in court. Macaulay Culkin said that he slept in Michael’s bedroom but that the room itself was huge that it had 2 floors and multiple beds. So it was pretty hard not to sleep in Michael’s bed. However, whenever a celebrity has to pay out six figures or more to silence a court battle, as Michael did, then there is always going to be suspicion.
Who really knows what happened with those kids? Only the children themselves, who are now probably all adults, and Michael.
Regardless, he’s still my idol past what he did beyond his music in his personal time because he only meant to send a message with his music to the world to be the best person that you can be and to take your own personal skill super seriously. If that means that I’m looking past the most important part — him being an alleged child molester — then so be it. Celebrities do a lot of messed up stuff.
And celebrities like Michael don’t get a pass in society on being — potentially — a sex offender and a ridiculous drug addict to boot. He’s an inspiration to billions around the world and is still the highest grossing celebrity dead or alive. More than Presley, Prince or anybody. He was smart with some of his money: “In 1985, [Michael] paid $47.5 million ($140 million in 2016 dollars) to buy the Beatles-packed ATV publishing catalog.”
His musical legacy will live on forever but the public can’t forget that he may have also been sexually abusing female children as well as boys. So, in an attempt to relate to my last post about Corey Feldman and Hollywood predators in the news lately,
He [Corey Feldman] wrote that he eventually found shelter and solace in an unlikely place – with Michael Jackson.
‘I was shattered, disgusted, devastated. I needed some normalcy in my life. So, I called Michael Jackson,’ he wrote, explaining that the pair had been introduced by director Steven Spielberg.
‘Michael Jackson’s world, crazy as it sounds, had become my happy place. Being with Michael brought me back to my innocence. When I was with Michael, it was like being 10 years old again.’
He insisted in the book that Jackson never abused him or tried to touch him sexually over the course of their friendship.
The main thing to think about is that Michael was raped as a child. That’s what messed him up in his adulthood to make him into an adult who was still a child and essentially just another pervert in history.
In his shocking new tell-all, This Is It!, Dr. Conrad Murray, 63, alleges that the late superstar privately confessed that he had been sexually abused as a young boy.
‘You see, Dr. Conrad, I’m a victim of sodomy,’
the King of Pop allegedly told his confidante, adding that he hadn’t shared the shocking truth with anyone, not even his best friend Elizabeth Taylor.
In the late 20th century, Michael Jackson defined what entertainment was and with his ingenious work and style he invented how music is performed live and on TV for the people of the 21st century. That’s probably why he’ll always be the King of Pop.
But he also turned from black to white because of a skin condition called Vitiligo. He may have been one of the earliest, most famous child stars to be a victim of molestation by a manager or executive. He may have become a protector of young boys or a predator of them. That’s probably why he’ll always be the King of Controversy.