Monday, March 25, 2019


HBO's documentary "Leaving Neverland" is four-hours in which two grownups recount in horrific, methodical detail how they were befriended, at age 7 and 10, and seduced into years of sexual abuse by Michael Jackson.

Right now the air is filled with people that want Michael Jackson videos and music banned, while others want Michael and his music to continue to be revered.

Reuters said, "Hip Hop star, Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr., known as T.I., spoke for millions of decent Americans when he took to Instagram to protest the response to HBO's documentary and said, "Let this man speak for himself to defend his legacy. Don't just listen to one side and expect to find truth. Dead men can't speak."
      Reuters criticized Amazon for selling reissues of  Mick Jagger's "Exile on Main Street," and posthumous David Bowie live albums, stating: "Why is the legacy of the most beloved black pop star of the last century, the only African-American entertainer, something opinion writers can dispense with in an instant? There are many things we could afford to do away with before we lose him in an ill-thought-out fit of moral preening."

The Washington Post reporter refers to the child molestation in 2005, that found Jackson innocent, and reports the Jackson family estate calls the grownups in the film "liars," and is suing HBO for $100 million--"The film will convince all but the willfully blind of Jackson’s guilt. The question now is what we do, as a culture, with Jackson’s songs. My answer? Turn off the music and listen to these it or not, Jackson’s music is probably with us for eternity-- his songbook suddenly feels even wider, more lifelike in the saddest way."

The U K Guardian reports that Jackson is banned from radio and TV, but trying to cancel his music you deal with "The sheer magnitude of his footprint. We could stop playing his songs tomorrow and the transcendent beats of 'Billie Jean' and 'Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough' would still be woven into the rhythmic DNA of modern music."

Website states: "Two facts--Jackson changed the sound of global pop, bringing joy to billions, and he almost certainly molested children. Neither fact alters the other. Disavowing Jackson’s music would be an empty rhetorical flourish that would do nothing to repair the harm he caused his victims."

USA Today: "We can’t heal his victims’ wounds, but if we stopped listening to his music we could at least dry up the revenue stream that Jackson used during his life to facilitate and get away with his abuse of children, revenue his estate is using posthumously to try to discredit the two men in HBO's 'Leaving Neverland.' It’s all very well to talk in theoretical terms about the need to separate the art from the artist in the now countless cases of abusive men. But when we ignore an artist’s crimes, and continue to consume his art, the reality is that we are upholding the power structure that contributes to these crimes happening in the first place."

The New York Times focused on how M J disfigured himself with unnecessary plastic surgeries. "After seeing the HBO documentary, it’s hard not to see Jackson’s obsession with transformation as a semiconscious manifestation of a more semiconscious manifestation of a monster that lurked within."

Grabbing phrases from these opinions, I say, Why destroy another strong black historical  legend?  There are many things we could afford to do away with before we lose him in an ill-thought-out fit of moral preening. If we lose M J--should we lose him--he is part of our life, our culture, our history--his music, and dancing continue to inspire us and inflame our creativity. If you erase Michael Jackson, he will still be here.


Coletopher said...

Yes, here is a sad and tragic life - even though he accomplished so much and inspired so many. I agree that such as he, should not be "erased", but that people should embrace the talent and even genius resident there, while acknowledging the seriously flawed character of the person underneath. Such a life is an example - for either good or bad. Knowing which is which is the pursuit of wisdom and value. We cannot only have good and noble examples in society. Would one ban a Mozart for mania, or destroy a great and helpful invention because of a morally or ethically compromised inventor? One would hope not!

Linda Vee Sado of Slippery When Wet said...

I never knew what to believe or think about all this. People with his kind of money always get extorted with opportunists claiming something illegal was done to them. And I can't believe Streisand and Ross jumped in and said what they did. I wonder if we'll ever know the truth?
But Jackson grew up with no childhood and who knows what that did. I understand he had two voices he used also and put on that little high pitched voice for the public. Again I have no idea what is true or not. Just a sad mess. And supposedly about a week ago the daughter tried to kill herself. Also way back his sister Latoya came out too saying he molested little boys. Makes me glad actually I wasn't a big fan
because how disappointing if they do shut him off