Monday, June 29, 2009
Michael Jackson Died:
My man Bill (what up Bill?), loyal BAMA reader #9 (I think) out in Colorado hit me with an e-mail stating his disappointment with the lack of content concerning the tragic death of Michael Jackson...
In all seriousness, I had planned on just moving forward and letting the rest of the world pine over this "loss" and never saying a word about it.
However, since I was specifically asked for my take on the situation, here are my sentiments regarding the untimely death of Michael Jackson:
First of all, death sucks. No matter who has died, someone is hurt by their passing. As a result, I will try and sugar coat this to spare feelings for the time being.
Suffice it to say that I was shocked. With Farrah Fawcett dying just hours before M.J. it didn't seem real to me.
With all of that said, I don't really care that Michael Jackson is dead.
I didn't look up to him.
He wasn't a big influence on my life.
Sure, he gave us mad classics in his day, but in all honestly "his day" was well before I was old enough to care about what was/wasn't classic.
By the time I was old enough to concern myself with Michael Jackson, the only tangible things for me to associate with him were his wild ass antics:
***Side Note*** My homie Sherman that lives down south once told me about how he went to Neverland Ranch as a school field trip. Now I'm not saying Sherman got touched, but he is definitely a wierd cat and took the loss of MJ harder than the rest of us. HAHA.
So for me to sit here and say that I am going to miss him, or that I am saddened by his death in any way would be a lie.
I mean, in reality, I don't care becuase I'm a heartless bastard, but more importantly I don't care because it does not effect me personally AT ALL.
Everything good Michael had to offer us musically had already been recorded and released, so the loss of him as an "artist" is unrealistic. The cold truth of the matter is that he was an old man, past his prime, and the stigma of his legal battles would outshine him for the rest of his career.
Furthermore, I want to discuss the general public's reactions to this death.
There seems to be two accepted responses to the death of Michael Jackson.
1. "Fuck him. He was a child molesting sociopath and will be burning in hell."
2. "Michael was a huge influence on my life. The most important person ever. I don't know how I am going to live without Michael being alive."
Both of those opinions are stupid and contrived.
#1. FACT: MJ never touched you or anyone you know. He was never convicted. Shit, in all seriousness, he honestly didn't see anything wrong with letting a child sleep in his bed. Now, that may be creepy, but it isn't technically illegal. I wouldn't let my kids sleep with MJ, but that doesn't mean I want him to burn in hell. He was a victim of circumstance. Dude had ZERO childhood. His father was an abusive lunatic. He seriously thought there was nothing wrong with hangin out with a chimpanzee and playing house/doctor with children. Dude was unstable to say the least, but I am not completely convinced that he was the monster that the extremists make him out to be. Don't get it twisted, I am not condoning ANY of Michael's escapades, just saying, for the sake of argument, maybe he wasn't as bad as people made him out to be.
#2. All these "Michael was such an inspiration in my life..." bullshitters. FUCK YOU.
To anyone under the age of say, I'ontknow, 25 (and thats being generous), that says Michael was the reason you were in show business and that you wouldn't be here without him and alladat bullshit, SHUT...THE...FUCK...UP. No one cares. Seriously.
And the white people. Punk rockers. folk singers. etc...
(Yeah I'm talking to/about you John Mayer. You fucking dork.)
you just sound dumb. MJ didn't do anything for you personally. He didn't care if you were alive or dead. Why the fuck do you feel so special or entitled?
What it all boils down to is this:
If you didn't know M.J. personally, you shouldn't be grieving his death. It makes you look like a dick.
Let's let the man die and remember the cool things he gave to us:
The moonwalk was fucking awesome and groudbreaking in it's day:
and these L.A. Gear's were the business. I bet they are fetching a pretty penny on ebay right now.
That is all I have to say regarding this topic and am now closing the vault. I hope that is sufficient.
-Ollie the Heartless