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June 25th, 2009 (09:43 pm)

As everyone in the world has noted, Michael Jackson has died.

I am surprised that I am quite sad about this.

I've always been more sympathetic to Michael Jackson than many. Unlike most, I'm not convinced that he was sexually abusing children; I honestly think he may have just been so troubled that he cathected to children and slept with them (literally) in an attempt to regress to childhood himself. There's no way to know and I don't want to speculate on it any further. But I know that whatever else he was, he was an abused child and a deeply troubled adult. And the fact that he was an incredibly talented artist doesn't seem to have done much to mitigate what was, honestly, a pretty tragic life in many ways.

I am sorry that he was so troubled and I'm sorry that he's dead. I'm sorry for his family and for the friends who loved him. And -- I'm borrowing this caution from lovefromgirl, but I mean it just as much as she did -- I will not be happy at all if I see people cracking wise at his expense. I know making fun of Michael Jackson, in death or in life, is like shooting fish in a barrel, and I don't care. Keep it off my journal.

On Michael Jackson is a book about both Michael Jackson and about what he's meant in our society. I found it insightful and enjoyable. Unfortunately the entire Internet has descended on Amazon to buy up all the books about Michael Jackson it can get its hands on, and as a result there are only two copies of that one left in stock. I am assuming they will be doing a very fast new printing. (I could probably sell my copy pretty high right now, actually, if I cared to.) I am not sure how Margo Jefferson feels about Michael Jackson's death, but I am pretty sure it is giving her a substantial boost in income.

It's a strange situation all around.


Posted by: Underwear Ninja (chavvah)
Posted at: June 26th, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)

All I really have to say about Michael Jackson is that "Thriller" was the first album I ever owned, and remained a favourite from the time I was five until I was about thirteen.

I think he had a pretty sad life, and I always kinda hoped that maybe one day he'd work it all out and be okay. It's too bad.

Posted by: Elspeth (evaleastaristev)
Posted at: June 26th, 2009 06:31 am (UTC)

I will admit to making fun of the poor man in the past. And in another year or two, I may do so again.

But when it comes to his legend, I will remember the early years, when I would sing his music. And next week, at Karaoke, I may just do Thriller again, in his honor. Because that was one of the best songs/videos of ALL TIME.

Posted by: Kare Bear (luvs_chicago)
Posted at: June 26th, 2009 10:35 am (UTC)
Need a friend

We have similar opinions. I remember when the trial was going on, I was very alone in my opinion that IF he did molest children (with a huge emphasis on the IF), he was so mentally ill that he really did not understand that what he was doing was inappropriate or wrong. That does not excuse his behavior or say that the children (if they were truly molested) were not victims of something terrible, but I don't think that his acts were malicious in any way. I think that if he did it, it's because he did not understand that was an inappropriate way of loving a child. If he was still living, there's no way I'd let my child stay the night at his home or be alone with him ever, but I don't think that he purposely intended to hurt anyone, if he did indeed do things that were inappropriate. He doesn't strike me as a guy who would dream about snatching a kid from a toy store and abusing them in an alley. He seemed to be a guy who just didn't understand that society viewed his relationships with children as inappropriate and unacceptable. Not saying that they weren't, but I really don't think his behavior was malicious.

This probably didn't make any sense. Sorry. I should still be sleeping now, but I'm awake because of a thunderstorm, so of course, I am on the internets voicing my opinion. :)

Edited at 2009-06-26 10:36 am (UTC)

Posted by: Obsessively opposed to the typical since 1987 (baroque_n_roll)
Posted at: June 26th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)

Yesterday I heard a "family friend" who was being interviewed say that she thought Michael was basically asexual. If that was true, I guess it makes sense that people would assume he was molesting children; I think the average person understands "tragically misaimed sexual desire" better than they understand "no sexual desire at all," unless they have fairly direct experience with it.

That said, yeah, I wouldn't have left a kid alone in a room with him, either.

Posted by: electric misfit love machine (eyelid)
Posted at: June 26th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)

IAWTC. I think he tried connecting with children because he felt (with good reason) that he couldn't trust adults.

Posted by: Shannon (aurillia)
Posted at: July 2nd, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)

Hi Kylie, I came over from your book blog. Love the way you write :) (And you have an Australian aboriginal name! It means "boomerang" :D )

I've been thinking about reading a Jackson biography but I couldn't tell where to start. I'll keep On Michael Jackson in mind, thanks! I don't think he was a pedophile at all, either. I agree; he was a messed-up little boy in a man's body who never got a real childhood, and was too easy to take advantage of by unscrupulous people. He was definitely asexual, and even effeminate, and entirely innocent in his way. That's always been the impression I've had, anyway.

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