Monday, 29 June 2009

A Guest Speaks

In the resulting days after Michael Jackson's death, every single possible person with access to a pen, a keyboard or a mouth has been sharing their thoughts on the subject. Paul Kelly however, is the biggest Michael Jackson fan I know, and had some seriously interesting and well-rounded opinions on the man. I have decided to upgrade them from mere "Post Comment" to "Post" in their own right so you can all read it for yourselves.

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I am one of the biggest fans I know of the entertainment provided by Michael Jackson over the years, the songs, music videos, films, dancing. The fact that he broke so many musical and cultural barriers. And the fact that he brought many important issues into the fore, even when he didn't mean to. Issues like racism and body dysmorphic disorder have been thrust into the limelight. The magnitude of his fame meant that everything he did would be noticed by everybody. He did a lot of god things, he is the world record holder for supporting the most charities for any musical artist. His music crossed over from funk and r'n'b to pop and laid the foundations for pretty much every pop song ever since.

That being said, although people are saying that they hope he is remembered for this aspect of his life, the personal scandals that have beset him cannot be ignored. No amount of money should be able to buy you justice. I really really want to believe that he was an innocent pawn in the hands of some exploitative, money-grabbing, nasty people who sought to take advantage of a mentally ill and overtly naive man, who had suffered greatly as a child and had never gotten over the traumas he faced. Unfortunately the evidence to the contrary is great, 14 children identified to police the very unique birth marks on his genitals. He admitted getting in a bath with Jordan Chandler. People close to him who expressed concern over his relationship with Jordan Chandler were completely ostracised and threatened with heaps of legal action in a style befitting of a lawyer working on behalf of the Church of Scientology. The fact that Michael Jackson is dead doesn't change these facts.

The other aspect to all of this, is that while on the one hand he was in the public eye to such a degree that he didn't even seem real, he was in fact a human being. He was a father and a son and a brother. Around 150,000 people die every day, on Thursday he was one of them. Many people have been questioning why we are focusing so much attention on one single death. I suppose it is because a) in some way or another Michael Jackson affected a lot of people, and b) in our media-centric world, we are shown what the media thinks we want to see. The thriller video isn't news, but it is on the news because people will watch it.

The only thing that we, the ordinary people know, is that any information we get regarding Michael Jackson, be it about his life, his death, his legacy, or the controversy surrounding his relationship with children, is at least third hand information, and is nearly always presented unfairly. The only people who have the ability to tell us the truth about any of these facets of Michael Jackson will definitely be telling you with an agenda, an ulterior motive. Unfortunately the main motive for most things regarding Michael Jackson appears to be money, and not the welfare of those who might have been damaged by the whole situation.

10 comments:

ZenArcade said...

You're like Mark Corrigan from Peep Show, aren't you?

Bailey's Beads said...

Haha, I wish I didn't read this comment first, now I can only read her article in his voice with his quirky tonality.

ZenArcade said...

She even looks like him a bit.

Bailey's Beads said...

I noticed a pattern btw.

If you're a celebrity that starts looking like the Joker, your end is near.

Katie said...

Wasn't me that wrote this Zen, so that joke just failed a little bit :p

ZenArcade said...

i meant in general, with all your posts

wasnt a joke either

Katie said...

Well, I'm inclined to take that as a compliment, but I'd really like to see Mark Corrigan write about women's liberation or being in awe of Charlie Brooker. Personally though, I don't really see the resemblance. For a start I'm not a conservative, work-minded, possibly-homosexual bride-jilter. All the awkward stuff though - yeah, I guess so.

ZenArcade said...

Ack, didn't mean to offend or anything, I do enjoy reading your blogs, apologies if what I said was slightly insensitive :)

Katie said...

hah its alright - most of the things he does I can see myself doing in real life. Swasticka loveheart? Crashing his bosses car? Yep, I'd probably do that by accident (although I wouldn't stalk somebody across the country because of a meeting in a shoe shop).

ZenArcade said...

I'm a mix of both jez and mark I think. A bit more jez acctually!

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