Monday, March 22, 2010

This is it

I’ve never been a huge Michael Jackson fan. Which doesn’t mean I don’t like his stuff, I’ve just never worshipped it like some people.

This weekend Wendy and I saw “This is it” the documentary on his planned return concert. I recommend it to everyone. The view we have been presented by the media is quickly refuted by watching Michael in a normal setting. He doesn’t seem weird, or sick or wasted away, or the victim of bad plastic surgery. He seems like a nice guy. He says God bless you a lot. He looks like he’s trying to be nice to everyone. I admire that.

What has always amazed me is the hypocrisy surrounding Mister Jackson. I know he had a fascination for childhood and for children, but I think it’s important to remember that he was never convicted of anything, and the people who did accuse him came from families looking to make a lot of money by suing him. And everyone was willing to believe the worst of Michael until he died, then all of sudden everyone remembers what a huge star he was. It’s the unpopular-girl-in-school-dies and thousands show up at her funeral who ignored her while she was alive phenomenon all over again.

Don’t get me wrong, I think all child molesters should suffer a long, slow, painful end. Destroying someone’s childhood, and probably the rest of their life is the most horrible crime I can imagine. But, like with all things, I try to ignore the hysteria and look at the facts.

The pop star was never accused of sodomizing little boys. He was accused of fondling them. Two of them actually. The most famous case, that started all this, the little boy described Michael Jackson’s penis as being circumcised. Police and a doctor confirmed that it was not. Also, the boy’s father was quoted in an interview as saying –

"If I go through with this, I win big-time. There's no way I lose. I will get everything I want and they will be destroyed forever ... Michael's career will be over". In the same conversation, when asked how this would affect his son, Chandler replied, "That's irrelevant to me...It will be a massacre if I don't get what I want.”

Wow.

The only reason I mention that is that I wouldn’t be able to watch a documentary if I believed he was guilty. Anyway, the documentary is very good, I think it shows a side of Michael Jackson that the media never portrayed, and highlights all the hits he had when he was alive. If he did actually molest little boys, I hope he’s in a very hot place right now. But seeing the guy in a natural environment, seeing him the way he is while preparing to go on tour, I just don’t see it. He looks like a nice guy who got a bad rap in the media.

Highly recommended.

1 comment:

  1. Nice job on posting every day!!! I am enjoying checking it and finding new stuff!!

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