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Aug. 4th, 2009

06:22 pm - Man in the mirror?

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One bit of silver lining in the whole Michael Jackson thing, that occurred to me last night:

The coverage of his death has been accompanied by photos of Michael from the height of his career instead of the plastic-surgery nightmare he later became. I'd forgotten how much I missed that. I'd certainly rather remember him as he looked during the "Thriller" and "Bad" days, than during the courtroom surgical-mask days.

I would also rather not hear one more "good riddance to the pervert" comment. I'd like to remind everybody: MICHAEL JACKSON WAS NOT A PEDOPHILE. The people who accused him could not produce a shred of evidence, and he was eventually exonerated. But everybody found the charge easy to believe, because he was such a freak. Why else would a grown man invite children for sleepovers, if not to molest them, people thought. How about, because he wanted to relive the childhood he always felt he'd been denied. He didn't want to have sex with kids; he wanted to BE a kid. And what do kids do? They do things like have sleepovers!

So the next time you hear someone call MJ a pedophile, or tell a joke to which the punchline depends on the assumption that he was a pedophile, kick 'em in the butt for me, OK?

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From:palabrajot
Date:August 5th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
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I noticed when CNN.com was leading with MJ's death, they had a recent picture of him up on their homepage. It's probably in accordance with the AP style guide to run the most recent photo, but, as we all know, the most recent picture of the deceased looked like a still from The Corpse Bride. Gruesome.
But one of their related story links noted the surge in his album sales, so I opened the Itunes Store out of curiosity, and they had a nice big link of him at center top; I believe from the Thriller album cover, and suddenly everything was all right again.
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From:michaelmink
Date:August 5th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
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Actually, a major problem, and possibly a major mistake by his advisors, was settling a *civil* case regarding molestation of a minor.

A civil case is drastically different from a criminal case, of course. (Ask OJ Simpson.)

There was a lot of talk in the newspapers I read that it was that settlement that really led to the criminal case (which was poorly built, and should never have been brought).
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From:tilt_longtail
Date:August 5th, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
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When can I come to a KT sleepover?
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:August 5th, 2009 02:12 am (UTC)
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Umm, sorry, no KT sleepovers. I can't find my feetie pajamas.
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From:lobowolf
Date:August 5th, 2009 02:30 am (UTC)
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My impression of MJ was that yes, he *was* a kid..mentally, anyway. I don't believe he had any sexual attraction to kids. I'd be willing to bet that he was a very lonely and emotionally scarred person and I'm sure his fame isolated him even more. He was probably looking for unconditional love, which you can only get from children and animals.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:August 5th, 2009 09:35 am (UTC)
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Sounds about right to me.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:August 5th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
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There are plenty of valid ways to criticize him, from the finagling of Beatles song rights to the attempted use of voodoo vengeance. But for the most part, he was just living in idiosyncratic comfort. Like you and I try to do.
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From:varro
Date:August 5th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
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One of the interesting things that came out were a lot of jazz covers of his songs - particularly Miles Davis playing "Human Nature".

Of course, the songwriting talent gets thrown to the wayside when the rest of the weirdness is brought up - this guy knew how to write some great pop and R & B songs, songs that stand up well over 25 years and genre changes.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:August 5th, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
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So, pedophile, no, but weirdo yes? I can live with that (after all, David Bowie, arguably Prince, and, of course, Weirdguy, are weirdos.)

I do sheepishly admit that I did have one joke in my repertoire about 10-15 years ago that did have a "punchline depending on the assumption that he's a pedophile", but haven't done it in about 5 years (mainly because I've written better since) and, of course, will never do it again because of his death. Will I have my butt kicked mailed to me or Fedexed? *sheepish smile*
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:August 5th, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
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I'll just assume someone kicked your butt five years ago and be satisfied.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:August 5th, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
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Well, I am married, so it's a safe assumption. :)
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From:lilacstarprint
Date:August 7th, 2009 12:38 am (UTC)
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I have no opinion one way or the other on the 'pedephile' assumptions. But he's still a pervert. :P

I remember seeing the 'Black & White' video when it first aired. (One of the few music videos I've ever wanted to see) There's a full few minutes at the end of the thing where MJ's dancing around, trashing a car and grabbing his crotch as often as possible. It's like he's wanqing himself for the camera. That part's been cut in all subsequent airings.

So, pedephile? who knows. Grody, perverted wacked out nutjob? Absolutely.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:August 9th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
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Hmm. It occurs to me, that could be a big part of it. Perhaps when the pedophilia allegations were made, a lot of people thought, "The guy who kept grabbing his crotch in that video, invites children for sleepovers? OMG PEDOPHILE!!!"

Trouble is, people respond to strong images a lot more readily than information, even more so than a lack of key information. So the fact that the kid and his dad accusing Michael couldn't produce a shred of evidence in their favor failed to sway public opinion.
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From:qaianna
Date:August 7th, 2009 04:32 am (UTC)
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Think courtroom psychologists did testify during the criminal trial that he was regressed mentally to around 10-13 or so. Sadly, sometimes folks prefer truthiness to things like 'innocent until proven guilty'..
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