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I remember standing bored in left field in Little League and singing "Man in the Mirror" endlessly

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.

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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.

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