I am a fan of Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson was a musical genius and loved by many, for a very good reason. He made really good music. I cry every time I hear that darn Free Willy song.
'But they told me I meant to be faithful and walk when not able and fight to the end, but I'm only human.' How could you not relate to that?
Or this lyric:
'Everyone's making a fool of me. Seems that the World's got a role for me. I'm so confused will you show it to me?' If that doesn't make you feel for the guy, then I feel for you.
MJ never had it easy. And he may not have handled all of his situations with grace and dignity, but he tried to be a good person, and he so often bared his soul to the world, despite being a very private person, just looking desperately for acceptance.
I admire him for continuing forward in this life as long as he did, because the man was going uphill the whole way. It seems, although it's not confirmed, that he lost his battle with depression. I don't condone taking one's own life, or even justify it, so all I will say about that is that he will be missed by many, and he was a positive, essential addition to this world, as all people are.
I know people like to make jokes about how their boys will sleep better tonight, or how his face died thirty years ago. I get the jokes. I, of all people, know what it is to laugh inappropriately. I just wish more people would realize Michael Jackson was a human being, with real feelings, who brought a lot of beauty into this world. He was somebody's father. He was somebody's child. He was somebody's brother. He was somebody's friend. He was somebody's, a lot of somebodies, inspiration. I feel like the jokes caused him a lot of pain. He took them seriously. This was not a man who needed to be taken down a notch, you know?
I've got a lot of love for MJ. And his death made me sad.
P.S. Does anyone else remember when the "Black or White" video was a television event? We were allowed to stay up later to watch it. So, so awesome.