Sunday, June 28, 2009

The sad song of Michael Jackson

This was supposed to be about the hype, the totally insane worship and overdone press coverage surrounding Michael Jackson’s death, about how an overrated artist is seen as a cult icon, virtually a god by millions of people. Yes, to see people cry on television is sickening. To know that the sales of his records are actually going through the roof again is to witness insanity incarnated. Yes, everything about the public interest once again rising to insane heights after his death makes one want to puke.

But what most of all is emerging in my thoughts is this:

During the years of Michael Jackson’s life we have witnessed yet another human being destroyed, ruined by modern society.

It started early, as the rumors go, and knowing everything we know today I do believe there is some truth to those rumors. The foundation of his destruction can be found in his childhood, but what completed it was the pedestal he was put on as an adult. This was a person that had everything, according to the measures of fame and fortune we use in today’s society, but like with so many others of the poor filthy rich we hear so much about through the glamour grape-wine his life didn’t measure up to the hype.

The story about Michael Jackson wasn’t really about a life, but about a very public, well-orchestrated suicide. One look at him after he began his insane, extensive plastic operations (I hesitate to call it surgery) should tell anyone that he didn’t really take very good care of himself. But he was also clearly pushed to the brink by a society where appearance means everything and keeping up appearances is more important than exposing the hypocrisy so prevalent today.

So, does Michael Jackson deserve our pity? I guess he does. I can’t help feeling sorry for him. Does he deserve our blind admiration or even appreciation? Definitely not. There is nothing about him worth admiring, nothing at all. The hysteria we see after his death is yet another sign of a sick, very sick society, and is an integrated part of what made his life the unbearable tragedy it was.

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