Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Artist of the Week: Michael Jackson


"If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change"

Gone too soon. Michael is the King of Pop for a reason. He is arguably the single most talented person in the history of music. An amazing singer, dancer, actor, and producer/director. From start to early finish, Michael strove for nothing but the best his entire career. He was pushed (often too far as a child) and used every bit of his extraordinary talent.

You will never hear a more pure and incredible voice than Michael's as a child. He only perfected his craft as he got older. He was dedicated to putting everything he had into his shows and was just as devoted to his fans as they were to him. He forever changed pop music and set the standard for years to come. Also, one cannot talk about Michael without mentioning how he revolutionized the music video industry. One word: THRILLER.

Like many of my favorite artists, Michael had a passion for using his influence to change the world and help those in need. He was compassionate and a child at heart. Nobody was better at channeling their emotions through song and dance. It's mesmerizing to watch him in his element and dancing. It's a shame that so many people had such great misconceptions of him due to falsehoods in the media.

Michael never molested children. He cared so much about kids and would never do anything to hurt them. As his own childhood was virtually non-existent because of a life spent performing under a drill sergeant of a father, he spent his entire life trying to get back the childhood he lost. As far as Michael was concerned, there was nothing wrong with sharing a bed. I know I shared beds with boys lots of times as a kid. Michael had an innocent heart. It's thanks to a homophobic society that this idea was misconstrued. The parents of the "molested"kids were greedy and, like so many others, simply wanted to take advantage of Michael. Notice how both of the molestation cases were settled outside of court? Martin Bashir also contributed to a scewed view of Michael through his agenda-setting journalism. Jerk. Anyone close to Michael will say he was an awesome father. He shrouded his kids faces when they were young to protect them from kidnappers and help them to have as normal a life as possible with a father who was under constant scrutiny. They weren't abused, they were protected.

Michael did get a bit out of control with plastic surgery, but it was because his father was abusive and told him he was ugly as a child. When he grew out of his cute stage and reached adolescence, many others called him ugly and it scarred him. Michael's skin was white because he gradually bleached it to hide his vitiligo. Vitiligo is a real disease and Michael didn't want to be walking around blotchy, which would certainly lead to just as many headlines. 

And as far as Bubbles and Neverland ranch goes, what the heck is wrong with that?! I know for a fact that if I had that kind of money, I would probably own a chimp too! Leave Michael alone, geez. The majority of headlines like the elephant man's bones and the hyperbaric chamber are just plain made up. And yet people believed them. Give me a break.

The bottom-line is Michael was insanely talented and, from what I understand, a genuinely good person. Anyone with misconceptions about him should just listen to his song "Childhood". It basically explains exactly why he was the way he was. I see nothing wrong with Michael and would have loved to be his friend. He believed the world could be a better place if we had more love in our hearts. He did the best he could to live out that philosophy. It's a shame that he had some of the problems that he did as far as self image and sedative addiction. But in my opinion, we would all do good if we would attempt to see the world more like Michael. There will only be one King of Pop. RIP

My Top 5 Songs
1. Smooth Criminal
2. Thriller
3. Man in the Mirror
4. Another Part of Me
5. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'

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