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Man in the Mirror June 25, 2009

Posted by Michael in Music.
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This was a pretty good moment for Michael, I think.  He was an amazingly talented and creative person.

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1. skinbad - June 25, 2009

I’m not a big Simpsons-o-phile, but I really did like the one with the big, odd guy in the nut house who talked like Michael Jackson. It was very well done.

2. Michael - June 25, 2009

I’m hoping that someone from Suriname will like this song.

3. Lipstick - June 26, 2009
4. kevlarchick - June 26, 2009

I loved his music. Off the Wall came out when I was in 8th grade. Yes, he got creepy, but his talent was incredible.

5. lauraw - June 26, 2009
6. wiserbud - June 26, 2009

Anyone think maybe Michael finally took his own advice and actually looked deeply at the man in the mirror and, just perhaps, didn’t like what he saw?

I think that at that point, a better man might have tossed aside all of the self-indulgent, mindless crap that accompanies the lifestyle he insisted on living and tried to actually improve himself, if not for his own inner peace, but to provide his children a chance at a more normal life.

I am not a fan of many celebrities, but I do have a lot of respect for those that either give up the endless pursuit of fame and attend to their lives and families, or at least move their families away from the glitter and madness of Hollywood. Unfortunately, Michael did not seem to be made of the sort of stuff that would allow him to do that.

I do not mourn MJ in the least, but I do feel sad for his children. They really have no chance at a normal life at all now. They will live the rest of their lives under constant media scrutiny, as the empty-headed voyeurs watch and wait for their inevitable missteps, allwoing them to once more rehash how bizarre and tragic their upbringing was and talk even more about Jacko the Wacko.

Of course, I think the biggest tragedy of this entire episode is that the star-f*ckers at TMZ were first and right on this story. So now they are going to be considered a serious, credible news-source. Ugh.

7. geoff - June 26, 2009

Were MJ and Farray murdered to take attention away from the awful Cap-and-Trade bill? Should I question the timing?

Hey, I’m not accusing anybody of anything – I’m just asking the question.

8. Mark in NJ - June 26, 2009

Once is Happenstance. Twice is Coincidence. The third time it’s Enemy action.

9. lauraw - June 26, 2009

Holy crap, geoff, I just put ‘the cia murdered Michael Jackson to distract us from cap & trde’ on my gmail chatbar thingy.

I’m giving myself an extra point for mentioning chemtrails, though

10. Cathy - June 26, 2009

Anyone think maybe Michael finally took his own advice and actually looked deeply at the man in the mirror and, just perhaps, didn’t like what he saw?

Wiser — I remember hearing MJ use his “man in the mirror” concept to speak to his own shortcomings, just sayin’… maybe I put more meaning into that than he did, however.

I enjoyed his music and so did our kids, even when they were toddlers and moppets. I keep a healthy distance from falling into worshiping him. He was extremely gifted and I will continue to enjoy those gifts.

Some celebrities “peak” early and quickly in life, and then begin to sink. Desire or need for privacy, protective lifestyles, combined with prescription medications, over-the-counter stuff, or other drugs, things get weird. We know he suffered with chronic pain from accidents during/practicing performances. Lots of folks are “addicted” to medications and I wouldn’t be surprised if he accidentally mixed some things that caused him to go into cardiac arrest.

11. Cathy - June 26, 2009

Btw – -on the KNEE-Cap and Tax issue — call or write your congressman TODAY if you haven’t already. Even if you know he/she is voting NO, let them know you appreciate that they are listening to us.

No excuses folks. No back-benchers. K?

12. lauraw - June 26, 2009

I liked him for a while as a pre-teen and tween.

Later on I heard about some of his idiosyncracies. The whole Peter Pan obsession in particular seemed very odd to me. A man who wants to be a boy forever? Of course I was too young to really understand what was creepy about that.

13. geoff - June 26, 2009

Damn. I always overlook the chemtrails. But at least I included Farrah, because I knew they’d want to distract the hetero male demographic as well.

14. wiserbud - June 26, 2009

I remember hearing MJ use his “man in the mirror” concept to speak to his own shortcomings, just sayin’

I’m not taking a thing away from him as far as his talent. He was really amazing in that aspect. I also look at him as an extremely tragic figure, basically never having an opportunity to have a normal childhood or life. Of course, that doesn’t excuse his alleged child molestation or his other truly despicable acts, but it may help to explain them quite a bit.

And perhaps he was speaking to his own weaknesses in this song, but it always came across to me like most of the celebs’ cries of “you need to do more to save the world!” before they get back on their private planes and fly off to one of their villas.

I respect Bono in this regard. He walks the walk. I was also thinking about this same concept in regards to John Lennon the other day. I heard “Imagine” and one of the lines is “imagine no possessions.” He sang this, then he got back into his Rolls and rode back to his castle in the English countryside. Not to take away from Lennon’s brilliance or commitment to his causes, but it always struck me as a little awkward to be told to imagine no possessions by a multi-millionaire.

It is a shame that MJ will never get a chance to make things right and be happy. Or maybe he was happy, what do I know? I just hope his kids are not completely and totally screwed up for the rest of their lives. Hopefully, someone with a brain will step in and protect these kids from the limelight. Hell, look at the their dad if they want to see just how badly that can mess someone up.

15. lauraw - June 26, 2009

I’m a little surprised to see wiserbud posting these lengthy, insightful and sensitive comments about Michael Jackson and celebrity.

I really thought he was heterosexual until today.

16. wiserbud - June 26, 2009

I really thought he was heterosexual until today.

You BITCH!! I’ll scratch your eyes out!

17. Dave in Texas - June 26, 2009

>> I’m a little surprised to see wiserbud posting these lengthy, insightful and sensitive comments about Michael Jackson and celebrity.

I’m not.

18. wiserbud - June 26, 2009

I’m not.

Dave has always been aware of the truly compassionate and intelligent person that lies beneath the facade that I have so carefully cultivated for my on-line persona.

19. Michael - June 26, 2009

Wiser, I think Dave was just agreeing with Laura that you’re gay.

20. Russ from Winterset - June 26, 2009

wiserbud is gay? That news flash is right up there with “water is wet” and “fire is hot”.

21. wiserbud - June 26, 2009

Wiser, I think Dave was just agreeing with Laura that you’re gay.

Say what, now?

Oh, so one time….ONE TIME, on a boat in the CT river with a guy from Texas, and all of a sudden I’m gay?

You guys have some really strict standards, ya know?

22. Dave in Texas - June 26, 2009

I wouldn’t really call it “gay” so much as perhaps a bit of curiosity and a willingness to experiment.

23. geoff - June 26, 2009

I wouldn’t really call it “gay” so much as perhaps a bit of curiosity and a willingness to experiment.

After 6 drinks it’s “curiosity and a willingness to experiment.” Before that you’re gay.

Double the quantity if a Texan is involved.

24. wiserbud - June 26, 2009

I wouldn’t really call it “gay” so much as perhaps a bit of curiosity and a willingness to experiment.

exactly.

personal to Dave: Call me.

25. kevlarchick - June 26, 2009

wiser, did you PUKE ON HIM TOO?!

*runs away sobbing*

26. wiserbud - June 26, 2009

wiser, did you PUKE ON HIM TOO?!

Huh? NO WAY!!! Of course not, KC. I would never!!

Okay, maybe a little. But have you ever seen him naked?

{{{{{{{{{shudder}}}}}}}}}

27. Dave in Texas - June 26, 2009

That does tend to induce a bit of nausea, yeah.

28. kevlarchick - June 26, 2009

It was his shoes, wasn’t it? I know Dave dresses like a dandy. I can’t compete with a dandy.

*snif*

29. wiserbud - June 26, 2009

those were some kicky shoes.

best part is that they didn’t even need cleaning afterwards. He must have dunked them in a vat of Scotchguard before he left Texas.

Good planning, iffin you ask me.

30. geoff - June 26, 2009

“I know Dave dresses like a dandy tart. I can’t compete with a dandy tart.”

Hmmm. I made the 1st sentence more accurate, but the second is less accurate.

What to do?

31. Dave in Texas - June 26, 2009

Hey, if they can take cow shit they can certainly take a dose of Wiserbud bile.

Practically the same thing.

32. Lipstick - June 26, 2009
33. sandy burger - June 26, 2009

Anyone think maybe Michael finally took his own advice and actually looked deeply at the man in the mirror and, just perhaps, didn’t like what he saw?

I was reading wiserbud’s comment, and I was impressed by his insight, and, frankly, his courage. We’ve all been thinking it, man.

But by about the fourth paragraph, it dawned on me that wiserbud is not talking about our Michael, he’s talking about Michael Jackson.

So, uh, never mind.

34. Michael - June 26, 2009

hardy har har

Bastich.


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