Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson

Cross-posted by Gary Fouse

I never was a fan of Michael Jackson. Maybe I was just a few years too old to be caught up in his music. That is not to deny his talent, which he was obviously born with. As a singer, he was OK. His extraordinary skill was his dancing and choreography. But who am I? Michael Jackson was possibly the biggest music star of all time. Still, with all the monumental problems going on in the world-especially in Iran, it seems incongruous to me that the world has come to a standstill over his death. Better it come to a standstill over the death of Neda, the young Iranian woman shot dead in the streets of Teheran by a hoodlum government.

Like it or not, however, this Michael Jackson thing is not going away any time soon. The whole episode is a mess-far beyond a 50-year-old man-child dying suddenly of cardiac arrest. No, this has all the ingredients of another Anna Nicole Smith drama complete with drugs, pain-killers, questionable conduct by a physician, alleged injections of Demerol, pending autopsy results, prominent pathologists like Cyril Wecht coming out of the woodwork to second-guess, and CPR performed by a cardiologist on a bed. Throw in the custody battle to come over his three kids and fighting over his estate. Add millions of fans lighting candles, holding vigils, crying, and what have you; it's going to be all Michael-all the time-even if the world comes to an end.

As cynical as I am, I was touched yesterday by the account of local ABC reporter Leo Stallworth, as he recounted his meeting with Jackson a few years back during the course of the infamous child-molestation trial. One day, Stallworth was walking across the parking lot of the courthouse when he encountered Jackson, who was sitting in an SUV. Jackson, recognizing him as a reporter, waved him over, introduced himself, and invited him into the vehicle for a chat. He asked Stallworth about his childhood and how he came to be a reporter. He then explained to Stallworth that he himself was a human, but one who had never had the opportunity to have a cherished childhood. There's not much more I can add to that because I can't tell the story in as moving a way as Stallworth did.

From what we all know of Jackson's life, it is a given that he did not have a normal childhood. Nor did he have the opportunity to become a normally-functioning adult. He have heard stories of possible abuse by his father, but I am no more qualified to pass judgement on that than anyone else. Nor can I pass judgement on the charges of pedophilia, of which he was acquitted. I have my own opinion, but that is all it's worth.

For all his talent, Jackson's legacy will always be clouded. There will always be the questions about chemical dependency, his eccentricities, and the eternal question of his relationships with young children. Was it simply a matter of a confused individual trying to capture a childhood he never had for altruistic reasons, or was it something more sinister? Aside from the superstar performer and the million-selling hits, what will be Jackson's legacy as a person and a citizen? It is unfortunate that we may never settle that question once and for all. Yes, he was a tragic figure-like many others who were brought down by their careers and celebrity. Jackson enjoyed many rewards in life for his talent, but it came at a price.

At the end of it all, I can't decide whether I pity him or not. I do feel, however, that there are more important people and issues in the world that we should be crying over.



    Michael in his short time in the life of Planet Earth, you leaves us a legacy, especially for their help the poor children of Africa, for their song We Are The World, with your friends where collected millions of dollars and helped save many lives, you are very young at the time showed his sense of humanity and solidarity with disadvantaged by luck and fate, thousands of lives were saved, unfortunate that today millions still die from malnutrition and lack of drinking water, the neglect of governments worldwide, this is the planet where you lived, but you did your part, why it deserves this tribute.

    Michael, if you can not be the river that flooded the earth, you gave that was the source of drinking,
    Michael, if you do not was the book that teaches, was the solidarity that you touch,
    Michael, if you were not the rain that irrigates the soil, you was the dew that umidece the flowers,
    Michael, if you were not the carpet in the palace of kings, you agazalho was the home of the poor,
    Michael, if you can not be as rich as anything can, that you were the poor and solidarity not to deny anything,
    Michael, if you were not charged a rosebush, you was the scent of a flower,
    Michael, if you were not the sea that connects the continents, you was the port that receives vessels,
    Michael, if you were not the happiness we all seek, you was a great inspiration to many,
    Michael, if you were not the fire that burn, you are always the oil that keeps the flame,
    Michael, if you were not the forest that flourishes, you was the bird who sang and enchanted,
    Michael, if you can not love it all started, you will always be the love that is coming to an end,

    If you bring or let missed, go ahead, it was worth having lived,
    that at that time your Spirit now rests in peace in the Company of the Creator.

    In here on earth, go ahead, always respect the desires of the Being who gave us the greatest life.

    JOSE PEDRO Naisser.
    41 3357 4370.