Monday, June 29, 2009

Say What?


Definitely have mixed feelings about Michael Jackson's death. Yes, yes I know he was a music icon and revolutionized R&B, but the dude was mega-creepy. I didn't wish death on him or anything, but after 10 years of creeping me out, I'm not going to pretend like my world is collapsing either. The news and every commentator out there railed him when those incidents with kids kept happening, but now when he dies, everyone is sad and they raise him up on this pedestal as some kind of hero. So let's send the dude off in proper fashion and be honest with ourselves about his legacy. Just because someone dies doesn't change who they were or what they did. There are a few things I know for sure about Michael Jackson:

1. Amazing dance skills. Who hasn't ever tried to Moonwalk? The guy set the standard.

2. Great singer. His older stuff was great.

3. He was obviouslly a very confused and disturbed individual that didn't like being a man, being black, or his nose. He hated his nose and holds the world record for most back-to-back nose procedures in one sitting. By the end of his life he looked like some kind of pale white femaleish terrifying ghoul.

4. The public might never know for sure whether or not he molested those kids, but I'll tell you one thing, usually people who don't molest kids don't get accused of molesting kids. I don't molest kids, and it's weird how I've never been accused of molesting kids. I don't think he was an evil man that wanted to hurt them, he just loved kids too much. And in this country that is illegal sir.

5. He really mastered the debt as an effective wealth building strategy technique. I mean look at all of the crap he bought over the years and the lifestyle he lived...and it worked out pretty well for him. He dies and his debt just gets battled over in court, what does he care, he's not even here anymore and he lived like royalty for most of his life. But it was a pretty crappy thing to do for his kids. I'm pretty sure there won't be any inheritance left. But hey, at least they'll probably get a few free slots on the VH1 specials about their dad.

32 comments:

  1. Out of everyone in the poll, Billy Mays is the only one that was still relevant. Let's face it, other than Farah Facet's documetary about her battle with cancer, what had any of the other 3 done in the last 10 years? Ed McMahan wasn't even going door to door giving out big ass checks anymore. So the biggest loss because of death was definitely Billy Mays. The others had already given all they had to give. Mays on the otherhand, still had so much crappy merchandise to endorse and he just never had the chance.

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  2. I hope that they at least got a viable sample of his saliva to study.

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  3. Keith, I have a very inappropriate joke about Michael Jackson, his saliva, and the cure for Farah Faucet's anal cancer. You fill in the blanks.

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  4. Ohhh...harsh Casey.
    Jake: Well done on the points...I've had mixed feelings as well, not to mention Im getting sick of hearing about him being dead. Its not like the world knew the REAL michael...I dont think anyone did; so stop crying about it!! People just needed a reason to have a little drama in their life; so they cling to the death of an icon/molester/creeper. He was such a famewhore, he couldnt even let Farrah's death outshine his own. Sad, very sad.

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  5. I don't think point number 4 really fits for this case. If a normal person was accused of child molestation, you would have a valid point. But anyone who has millions of dollars, builds an amusement park in their backyard, and then has strangers' children spend the night with him in his room is opening the door for some nasty accusations.

    I am not saying he is innocent, because if I had to pick a side, I would go with guilty as charged, but there are plenty of people out there that would create this lie in a heartbeat if they thought it would make em a buck.

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  6. He's a f…ing freak show. He died nearly two decades ago but he only recently got around to falling upon his sword. There is no disputing what he contributed to modern music, but that was a long time ago, and for the most part a different person. His alien form that recently expired has no bearing on what he finished contributing years ago. I look at his picture and see pure suffering.
    It's not his life or death that irritate me but the public response to them. People never had a personal relationship with him but rather he became something that represented pop culture, consumption, and the MTV buzz clips that have worked to gradually dull down intellectual discourse in the country. He is a name that is synonymous with fame and excess but most importantly, he's an image that has always been a constant in most people’s lives. Maybe his death in an unconscious reminder to many people that everyone is mortal.
    Do you guys think his facial hair in the picture really grew or was it surgically implanted stubble?

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  7. The world worships celebrities as gods. I've never understood it but maybe the real God is getting a little ticked at our ridiculousness and decided to kill off several celebs all at the same time to try and make a point to us. I'm not sure it's working though since, now that MJ is dead, many people in the world think that life is over now. For most of those cases, I wish it were true. Just another reason why I hate a lot of people...

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  8. Off topic, this is interesting http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/CollegeAndFamily/CutCollegeCosts/is-a-college-degree-worthless.aspx

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  9. Wow. Despite your personal views of Michael, I don't think we have the right to speculate. Did you know him personally? Did you speak with him about how he actually felt about his nose, being black and being a man? Do you know ALL the facts surrounding his criminal charges? I think everyone's speculations here are out of line.

    He was still a person, ya'll need to show a little respect!

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  10. I agree with Brett. He should have been smarter and not put himself in the situation, but it was perfect oppurtunity for people to try and use the situation to get some of his money. If you go back and read anything about the case it is all very weird.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1993_child_molestation_allegations_against_Michael_Jackson

    I am pretty sure the father was after some money.

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  11. Justin, I like you comment. Although, I really wish God would have decided to take Britney, Paris, or any of the stupid bitches on
    The Hills!

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  12. I don't have to know someone personally to know that if they keep chopping off their nose and putting a different one on, it's probably because they didn't like it in the first place...or the second place....or the third place....and so on, and so on.

    And he said he didn't like being a man (as in a grown up male, not a male in general), he felt much more comfortable being a child, which explains why he had, what some like to refer to as, a pedophile palace. Not necessarily to lure kids in, but because he was a kid himself (which also explains why he most likely DID play doctor with those kids, just like little kids do). Dead or not, he was creepy and I'm not going to deny that fact just because he's no longer among the living (insert whatever "thriller" video reference/joke you want here).

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  13. That's a good point Sarah in regards to Britney, Paris, or any of the stupid bitches on
    The Hills! Does anyone really give a crap about them? Well we felt the same way about Michael last week. Why didn't people give Michael this kind of treatment when he was alive? Did his death somehow make his life different? As for respect, well, obviously respect is earned and Michael Jackson earned my respect in the last 15 years by....uh....nope, I got nothing.

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  14. *tilts hat*
    *throws out hand*
    *spins SO fast*
    *grabs junk*
    *kicks leg*

    Shamon, Michael Jackson. Shamon.

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  15. I guess I disagree. I have always liked Micheal Jackson for his music, dancing, MTV videos, etc. Yes, I think he has issues. I think everyone just has mixed feelings about it and that is ok. The media is just doing what it always does.....it shouldn't surprise anyone. Media is a crock these days.
    On a side note, it is really ridiculous how poor and/or how many kids you have to have in order to get food stamps!

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  16. MJ just had no idea what reality was all about. We are shown time and time again that children stars have all kinds of issues. They usually fall hard, come back to planet earth, learn a few lessons, and keep living their lives. Well MJ never came back to earth.

    Combine his ridiculous fame with his Father's abuse and torment, with his brother's jealousy and angst, and you have a formula to seriously F somebody up. Everyone in his entire family was relying on him when he was ten freakin years old for goodness sake.

    MJ is one of the most talented musicians that has ever walked on this planet, and has given the world music that will never be forgotten. He was also one of the first celebrities to truly believe that he could change the world with his popularity and generosity, and united a group of artists that directly raised close to a hundred million dollars and indirectly may have saved millions of people's lives. In so many ways he was a great man and that is how I will choose to remember him.

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  17. Very well said Brett. Thank you.

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  18. Is "how you choose to remember somebody" really a choice?

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  19. Yeah...it is Matt. It may not be a direct conchase choice, but I don't find anything productive or inspiring about thinking about the fact that MJ was a troubled person who turned into a drugged out freak show when it was all said and done. I find no reason for me to judge him for anything he has done. Life is too short to worry about things like that.

    MJ is not my friend, he is not my family, I don't know him in any way, I don't know the full story behind anything that happened to him, and quite frankly it's none of my business. This world was a better place when entertainer's were just that and nothing more. Reality TV, gossip columns, twitter, papparazzi, entertainment news, and the idolizing of celebrities all makes me want to throw up.

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  20. I didn't know that. seriously. I'm gonna choose to start remembering everything different. Clinton was faithful to his wife and our last president was an intellect. In fact, after you read what I'm about to write, you should choose to rember that I wrote something elegant:

    At some point MJ traded his diamond glove for a rubber one...one with teddy bears and dinosaurs.
    He should have "freakshow" written on his grave with feces.

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  21. Wow Matt...what a quality response. I am seriously impressed. How you went from me not caring about a musician's personal life to completely misstating facts about leaders of the free world was quite impressive. I am sure everyone on this blog can see your clear logic on that transition.

    And I will remember your last statement as a failed attempt to be funny, because anything else would make you come off as a judgmental prick.

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  22. are you judging me for having and expressing an opinion on a blog? ...one in which I was being intentionally offensive to see if anyone truly cared about Michael Jackson enough to get upset...

    it turns out someone does.

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  23. sorry man, I didn't mean to offend...I really didn't think I'd have any takers.

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  24. So....let me get this straight...you intentionally try to offend me, and I give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that you were trying to be funny, yet I am somehow judging you. It sounds to me like you tried to walk me into a corner, and even though I didn't take the bait, you just went ahead and acted like I did.

    And if you think talking sh*t about MJ offends me or upsets me, you obviously don't know me very well. If what you thought of him offended me we would have started this argument when you compared him to Paris Hilton earlier on this post. That is about the most offensive thing you could say to me about MJ. This back and forth started because you apparently take issue with me remembering MJ for his legendary career and not his ridiculous personal life.

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  25. I remember it differently. Brett you sound upset, apparently you still have some getting straight to do. "Bait" or not, I can see how someone would think that what I wrote was offensive...maybe not as offensive of suggesting that he should have his tombstone in the shape of a giant nose adorned with pre-pubecent boys.
    But seriously...I was attempting to make a single point. I don't give a crap about Michael Jackson dead or alive. If anything, I'm glad he's not suffering anymore. I don't really care who cares about Michael Jackson. The only thing you said that caught my attention is completly independent of Michael Jackson or anyone else. It's that you claim that people can choose to remember things the way they want...and on many levels, I even think it's true. We believe what we want to beleive...(again, completly independent of Michael Jackson.) May I offer here though, what comes to mind when I say: Billy Mays, or Ted Bundy?

    that's how you remember them.

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  26. Al Bundy was in Married with Children.

    Oh are we not playing the Movie/TV show game? Oh well... :0)

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  27. If "getting straight" is going to consist of me no longer making love to other men, it's never going to happen.

    And believe me I am not upset, no matter how my words sound to you. Slightly annoyed and confused perhaps. I mean, what is your single point exactly? Because I seriously don't know what it is. Of course people can choose to remember things the way they want. Do you think people in China are up in arms that Michael Vick killed a bunch of dogs? No, they aren't. Yet there are people in the USA that think he should spend the rest of his life in jail. Is there any misinterpretation of his actions? No, it's just people using their own personal beliefs to decide how they will remember a certain action or person. Going back to MJ, I have a lot of sympathy for how he turned out, and I simply choose not to judge people on their personal shortcomings when I don't know them personally.

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  28. Matt, the problem with your example is that the only thing anyone really knows about Billy Mays is that he sold junk and about Ted Bundy is he was a killer. The general public doesn't know much else about him. But the general public does know alot more about michael jackson. They know he was an awesome musician and they know he was accused of diddling some 11 year olds. Now that he's gone, if they're going to think about him, sure, they can choose what they want to think about, and brett's going to think about how bad ass of a musician he was and that he wanted to make the world better. I'm going to think about all of his kick ass jungle animals he had in his house, and you're going to think about him sodomizing some kids. Who's the pervert now, Matt?

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  29. Also Al Frenken is now a US Senator...I'll play the game, Barnabo. (My comment better lead to a Frankenstein comment)

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  30. you think he molested his animals too? Maybe he even used the animals to molest the boys.

    Casey, people don't know much about those peoples lifes and a tremendous amount about MJ's, that's why it would be impossible for me to remember him differently.
    Also, you could probably call me a pervert legitamatly, just one that doesn't do little kids.

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