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Michael Jackson: The Forgotten Humanitarian

October 22, 2010

There are, as we know, many misconceptions about Michael Jackson. For a variety of reasons, the truth about what and who this man was, is a reality veiled from the perception of most people at this moment in time.  One day I believe many will ask  ‘ how and why couldn’t they see? ‘  So for now, it is the oral tradition — the passing down of truth and wisdom in ways uncontrolled by corporate media, that will keep safe the knowledge of that which is true about Michael Jackson — and what is not. I would like to share a profound and personal article from Dr. Patrick Treacy,  someone who in his own right contributes to this planet’s elevation in extraordinary ways.

* The following is reprinted with the kind permission of  Dr Patrick Treacy *

In Mahavanain Buddhism, there is an enlightened existence known as the ‘bodhisattva’ who decides to postpone attainment of nirvana in order to alleviate the suffering of others. In my own lifetime, I have been fortunate to have met some of these visionaries, Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa, Bono, John Lennon and Michael Jackson.  Only five people in nearly half a century, just enough to count on the fingers of one hand. Each of them, intrinsically motivated by a sense of great compassion, generating bodhicitta for the ultimate benefit of all sentient beings. Of course, there have been others, circulating on the peripheries of my own dharma. I knew Lady Diana Spencer during the mid nineties in a medical sense and I had been in the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama without having actually met him.

All of these people, hugely influential, global messengers using their powers to try and make the world a better place for each of us to live in. Nelson Mandela stood against the injustice of apartheid, Mother Theresa and Bono against the injustice of poverty, John Lennon against the injustice of war but Michael Jackson went further.

His body of artistic work carried a spiritual message for these and all of the other injustices of the human race…those of racism, inequality, disease, hunger and corruption. His song ‘Man in the Mirror’ makes us realise that the path to Nirvana starts within ourselves through meditation and self reflection. “I’m starting with the man in the mirror; I’m asking him to change his ways; no message could have been any clearer; if you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change.”   If Nirvana can be loosely described as an idealised state free of worries, pain and mental anguish, we all know that Michael never achieved this state, seemingly forever trapped in a state of the ‘bodhisattva’ with the temporal green grasses and sundials of Neverlands becoming its earthly substitute. His efforts at generating bodhicitta however are unfortunately rarely mentioned any more.

Few people remember that he donated all of the money from the song we just mentioned above to charity. Following the 1984 Victory Tour, he donated his $5 million share from the tour’s profits to charity. In 1985, he co-wrote the single “We Are the World” with Lionel Richie and donated all of the proceeds to help the needy in Africa.  Almost 20 million copies of “We Are the World” were sold, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time. The project raised millions for famine relief.

In fact, the first time I met Michael, his opening words to me were “Thank you for all you are doing for the people of Africa”. He then proceeded to take out an old magazine from his pocket, which had an article I had written back in 1992 called ‘The Silence of the Savannah’. The article detailed my experiences of coming across empty villages on route trough Africa to Capetown and it predicted to eventual rise of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.

It began…   “Evenings in Kenya are enchanting. It is then that the sun takes on a light of deep red before setting, and barefooted women clothed in loose kangas stir up a light murram dust as they meet us on their way homeward for the night. As dusk falls the swollen rim of the sinking sun runs rivulets of scarlet colour into the skyline and silhouettes the acacia trees on the hillsides around us. This is the unchanging magic in the landscape of Africa, and it is our signal we have travelled enough for the day. We turn into the bush to find some shade and set up camp. In the distance we can hear some voices from a nearby ‘manyatta’, and the sound of barking dogs disturbs the stillness of the dusk….. ….later, we pass many empty villages, abandoned stores and vacant huts that are a testament to the destructive power of the plague whose path we follow. There is an eeriness about these deserted hamlets, and in the restless winds that stir the blue savannah grasses I listen expectantly to hear the noise of barking dogs, or the distant sounds of children playing ….. but no sound comes!

‘You know I cried when I read that’ he [ Michael ] continued. “We must do something together for the people of Africa.” And his humanitarianism did not stop on the African continent. In 1984, Michael donated his out of court $1.5 million settlement to the Brotman Medical Centre in Culver City, California. This facility was later renamed the “Michael Jackson Burn Center” in honour of his donation. Using this money the facility was able to get the best available technology for treating burn victims, especially children. In 1993, he gave all the profits from 67 concerts over eighteen months on the Dangerous World Tour to the Heal the World Foundation. In 1999, he organised a series of benefit concerts with Mariah Carey, Slash, Andrea Bocelli and Luciano Pavarotti in Germany and Korea. He donated the total proceeds to the “Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund”, the Red Cross and UNESCO. After 911, he helped organise the ‘United We Stand: What More Can I Give’ benefit concert at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. He also was given a special award from President Ronald Regan for his support of American drug and alcohol charities.

His last album, Invincible, has a song called Cry. It is a song about the collective humanity of the earth. It carries a mission to change the world and create a better version of the human. It is a cry from another world. “You can change the world (I can’t do it by myself) You can touch the sky (Gonna take somebody’s help) You’re the chosen one (I’m gonna need some kind of sign) All cry at same time tonight.”

That is how I will remember Michael Jackson on his anniversary and maybe in the evening sun as the restless winds stir the blue savannah grasses of far away Africa; ….this is the way his ancestors might also!.

CRY by Michael Jackson:

34 Comments leave one →
  1. Dialdancer permalink
    October 22, 2010 7:56 am

    Michael Jackson the most famous man in the world was basically unknown by most of the world. How many times have we heard: I did not know of his philanthropy; that he was so well read and was voracious reader; that he could ride, draw, write poetry, was an art collector and not just an acquirer, and a thousand other parts to the man? It is not so much of unforgotten as it is unspoken.

    This evening there was another interview which was devoted to him. Not necessarily bad, but incomplete and poorly done. An interview which the absence of conversation concerning something other than misinterpretations of a Man who could not stand idly by as having a God complex, molestation allegations, his marriage bed and a supposed addiction to pain medication was glaringly obvious. Any weak attempts to veer from those areas were repressed by the hostess.

    It seems either we his Fans and Supporters did not get the memo or are reading it incorrectly, because we continue to ask for, look for something which is not ready to be given. A presentation and acknowledgment of the multifaceted Man who was Michael Joseph Jackson.


  2. Deborah Ffrench permalink
    October 22, 2010 12:36 pm

    I agree with Dialdancer. This is why it is so important that we speak of and see the whole picture of Michael Jackson. If we reduce this man down to only base and gross narrative of ‘splotches, porn, extortion’ etc — even though these are vital as exculpatory — a focus on these only in a way means that the predators win.

    For it means Michael Jackson’s name no longer occupies the same space as ideas or achievements of beauty, truth and joy. There is space for all things to be discussed and known about Michael — and here we can try to do that.


  3. Irma permalink
    October 22, 2010 2:19 pm

    This is so magical,so beautiful!
    I Remember that when I read that All the profits from the Dangerous World Tour went to Charity And It’s About 125 millions dollars I was Shocked! Who Else In The World Would Ever Do That? ONLY MICHAEL JACKSON!!! Only Michael Jackson! Angel Of The World!
    He Forgot To Mention That Michael Donated 46 tons of supplies to Sarajevo and paid for a Hungarian child’s liver transplant.
    And How During His All Life Time He Saved And Helped Millions Of Children-Ill Children-Terminal Ill Children Loving Them,Helping Them,Playing With Them,Healing Them,Bringing Children To The Neverland Ranch-Giving Them The Most Joyful Day Of Their Life With Food Fights,Balloons Fights And Most Important A Day Which Always Was Full Of LOVE L.O.V.E!

    That’s The Cherry On Top Only On Michael’s Beautiful Innocent Heart.


  4. ares permalink
    October 22, 2010 7:07 pm

    Ok, i had to come here and read something nice about MJ because i just visited the CNN article about MJ and LM and i could believe the amount of hate comments there. Wow, things havent changed much.


  5. lcpledwards permalink
    October 22, 2010 7:26 pm

    @ Ares, since you wanted something positive about MJ, here it is!

    We’re always talking about the media pundits that mock MJ, we also need to talk about the ones that RESPECT MJ. I posted this comment in another article, but since this article is about MJ’s humanitarianism, and this media pundit spoke of MJ AS A HUMAN BEING, then this comment is relevant here.

    This is FOX News’ Mike Huckabee on MJ’s life and society’s treatment of him. He spoke with kindness, compassion, and sympathy! He criticizes our culture for dehumanizing celebrities by mocking them, and says that MJ was a human being JUST LIKE ALL OF US!! He talks about how we as fans DON’T have a right to know everything about celebrities, and we shouldn’t treat them like commodities. He ends it by saying that EVERY human deserves respect, MJ included, and we should all follow the golden rule. WOW!

    And the best part is that there was no mention at all about the allegations, which is almost unheard of when a media pundit speaks on MJ!


  6. Irma permalink
    October 22, 2010 7:40 pm

    @ares The Medialoids And Blood Suckers Can Go To Hell And Burn There With All Their Frustration!!!!!

    You Know What? Listen To Michael’s Music! Listen To Michael’s Words!
    I Am Listening “In The Closet” Right Now And Having The Fun And The Happiness Of My Life!!


  7. ares permalink
    October 22, 2010 8:02 pm

    @lcpledwards and Irma

    Thank you very just amazes me the amount of hatred MJ still makes me so sad


  8. Deborah Ffrench permalink
    October 22, 2010 8:14 pm

    It is their own hate, and actually has nothing to do with Michael Jackson, but everything to do with them.

    State your position with simple fact and elegance, then let them be.

    Only they can make the choice to step into the light — and see.


  9. October 22, 2010 8:46 pm

    “it is so important that we speak of and see the whole picture of Michael Jackson. If we reduce this man down to only base and gross narrative of ‘splotches, porn, extortion’ etc — even though these are vital as exculpatory — a focus on these only in a way means that the predators win.”

    I fully agree, Deborah. If we focus on splotches, porn, etc. only it means we’ve taken the lead from the predators and are playing their game following their rules. All these ‘issues’ were alien to Michael’s thinking, were artificially imposed on him and were therefore inflicting double pain to his soul (O’Reilly, for ex, wouldn’t suffer that much as foul thinking is his natural element).

    Most of us have probably felt it that going into all those ‘splotches’ is like entering some twilight hatred zone. You can do it for brief periods only and then need to swiftly get back into the light where Michael Jackson is in order to breathe in some fresh air and feel that we are at home again. I definitely feel that way and always need to have some respite and clean myself before plunging into the haters’ dirt again.

    Isn’t getting back to Michael like washing ourselves with clean water? And that feeling is definitely not only due to Michael’s great humanitarian efforts – the efforts themselves were the result of his exceptionally pure and innocent nature and the natural desire to do as much good to others as it is possible within a human being’s lifetime.

    P.S. As to the link to the humanitarian site Deborah provided I’ve tried it and have to warn you that haters have evidently infected it with a Trojan virus (my anti-virus system has detected it three times). I’ve replaced that link with a new one – however the list of Michael’s efforts may be not full there, alas. Deborah, please check up your computer. I also had a link to that site and can swear that it was perfectly okay before. Haters cannot beat us openly that is why they are doing it in such a stealthy way!


  10. Deborah Ffrench permalink
    October 22, 2010 8:59 pm


    Your words are highly insightful.

    Thank you so much for letting us know about that link. It was actually sent to me by someone, so apologies if it has caused any harm to anyone’s computer. The link I actually have used in the past to see the sheer extent of Michael’s work is The Silenced Truth website, which lists a comphrehensive overview of his philanthropy.


  11. October 22, 2010 9:16 pm

    “I Remember that when I read that All the profits from the Dangerous World Tour went to Charity And It’s About 125 millions dollars I was Shocked! Who Else In The World Would Ever Do That? ONLY MICHAEL JACKSON!!!”

    Guys, I didn’t know that. It is incredible. I thought he did it only after the Victory tour – but after the Dangerous world tour TOO?

    Look at the schedule of these concerts – how on earth could he survive them at all? See how close to each other the dates are! And he managed to visit orphanages and hospitals in each of those places! Those tours were a very hard way to earn his money – however after spending a year on the road he gives all his millions away to others! INCREDIBLE…

    And these mean haters fuss over a hundred dollars Michael spent on toys for some children? If he was sharing millions with others wasn’t it natural for him to make presents to everyone around and truly enjoy it?

    # Date Country City Venue Attendance

    1 Jun 27 Germany Munich Olympic Stadium 72,000
    2 Jun 30 Holland Rotterdam Feyenoord Stadium
    3 Jul 1 Holland Rotterdam Feyenoord Stadium
    4 Jul 4 Italy Rome Flaminio Stadium 35,000
    5 Jul 6 Italy Monza Brianteo Stadium
    6 Jul 7 Italy Monza Brianteo Stadium
    7 Jul 11 Germany Cologne M?ngersdorfer Stadium 65,000
    8 Jul 15 Norway Oslo Vallehovin Stadium 35,000
    9 Jul 17 Sweden Stockholm Olympic Stadium
    10 Jul 18 Sweden Stockholm Olympic Stadium
    11 Jul 20 Denmark Copenhagen Gentofte Stadium 30,000
    12 Jul 22 Belgium Werchter Festival Ground 40,000
    13 Jul 25 Ireland Dublin Lansdowne Road 40,000
    14 Jul 30 England London Wembley Stadium 72,000
    15 Jul 31 England London Wembley Stadium 72,000
    16 Aug 5 Wales Cardiff Cardiff Arms Park 50,000
    17 Aug 8 Germany Bremen Weser Stadium 45,000
    18 Aug 10 Germany Hamburg Volkspark Stadium 51,000
    19 Aug 13 Germany Hameln Weserbergland Stadium > 25,000
    20 Aug 16 England Leeds Roundhay Park 60,000
    21 Aug 18 Scotland Glasgow The Haugh 65,000
    22 Aug 20 England London Wembley Stadium 72,000
    23 Aug 22 England London Wembley Stadium 72,000
    24 Aug 23 England London Wembley Stadium 72,000
    25 Aug 26 Austria Wien Prater Stadium > 50,000
    26 Aug 28 Germany Frankfurt Waldstadium 60,000
    27 Aug 30 Germany Ludwigshafen Southwest Stadium 32,000
    28 Sep 2 Germany Bayreuth Volksstadium 32,000
    29 Sep 4 Germany East Berlin Jahnstadium 35,000
    30 Sep 8 Switzerland Lausanne La Pontaise 47,000
    31 Sep 13 France Paris Hippodrome 85,000
    32 Sep 16 France Toulouse Stade Municipal 40,000
    33 Sep 18 Spain Barcelona Olympic Stadium > 42,000
    34 Sep 21 Spain Oviedo Football Stadium 25,000
    35 Sep 23 Spain Madrid Vicente Calder?n 40,000
    36 Sep 26 Portugal Lisbon Jose Alvalade Stadium 64,000
    37 Oct 1 Romania Bucharest National Stadium 70,000
    38 Dec 12 Japan Tokyo Tokyo Dome 45,000
    39 Dec 14 Japan Tokyo Tokyo Dome 45,000
    40 Dec 17 Japan Tokyo Tokyo Dome 45,000
    41 Dec 19 Japan Tokyo Tokyo Dome 45,000
    42 Dec 22 Japan Tokyo Tokyo Dome 45,000
    43 Dec 24 Japan Tokyo Tokyo Dome 45,000
    44 Dec 30 Japan Tokyo Tokyo Dome 45,000
    45 Dec 31 Japan Tokyo Tokyo Dome 45,000

    46 Aug 24 Thailand Bangkok National Stadium
    47 Aug 27 Thailand Bangkok National Stadium 70,000
    48 Aug 29 Singapore Singapore 47,000
    49 Sep 1 Singapore Singapore
    50 Sep 4 Taiwan Taipeh Municipal Stadium 40,000
    51 Sep 6 Taiwan Taipeh Municipal Stadium
    52 Sep 10 Japan Fukuoka 30,000
    53 Sep 11 Japan Fukuoka 30,000
    54 Sep 15 Russia Moscow Lyzhniki Stadium
    55 Sep 19 Israel Tel Aviv 80,000
    56 Sep 21 Israel Tel Aviv
    57 Sep 23 Turkey Istanbul
    58 Sep 26 Spain Tenerife
    59 Oct 8 Argentina Buenos Aires
    60 Oct 10 Argentina Buenos Aires
    61 Oct 12 Argentina Buenos Aires
    62 Oct 15 Brasil Sao Paulo
    63 Oct 17 Brasil Sao Paulo
    64 Oct 23 Chile Santiago
    65 Oct 29 Mexico Mexico Aztec Stadium 100,000
    66 Oct 31 Mexico Mexico Aztec Stadium 100,000
    67 Nov 7 Mexico Mexico Aztec Stadium 100,000
    68 Nov 9 Mexico Mexico Aztec Stadium 100,000
    69 Nov 11 Mexico Mexico Aztec Stadium 100,000


  12. Jan permalink
    October 22, 2010 9:21 pm

    This is great aswell:

    Does American Dream Have to Die With Michael Jackson?
    By: Forbes Everett… on Oct 15, 2010

    What does our silence about the attacks on one of the most visible achievers of the American Dream say? Are we not forfeiting our children’s future into the hands of bullies? Is it not time for us to speak up about the damage opportunistic journalism is doing to our culture?

    Last year, the news of pop-superstar Michael Jackson’s premature death shocked the world. As I am a classical music fan, not a connoisseur of pop music or any of its stars, Jackson’s death did not immediately evoke any particular emotion in me. I just let it go.

    But as the days went by, and as I passively soaked in more and more news reports on Jackson’s death, I began to feel increasingly uncomfortable. A man had passed away: What need was there for the media to so eagerly show humiliating images of how Jackson would have looked on his death-bed? I was prompted to look into the case more thoroughly.

    After more than a year, although I am not now nor ever will be a Michael Jackson fan, and despite my sometimes skeptical view of the frenzied remarks often made by Jackson’s hard-core followers, I feel the need to say this:

    To keep the American dream alive for our children, we should stop abusing our talented and creative spirits out of jealousy and misunderstanding.

    Jackson had to deal with the media condemning him as strange, weird, and even labeling him a freak, both figuratively and literally. My opinion about this is clear: Though at times, to subjective eyes, Jackson might have looked ‘different,’ half of this eccentricity was due to the fact that he was born to be an artist inevitably different from others because of his imaginative and creative nature, and half because he was forced into being so unconventional by a degree of media pressure few, if any, have ever experienced. Being different from others does not equate being harmful to others. As long as one does not violate others’ human rights, one has the right to be him or herself. In a society that prioritizes human rights and freedom, I find no justification for attacks on people who are perceived to be ‘different.’ These kinds of attacks are especially sordid when they involve the spreading of knowingly false rumors for financial gain. After Jackson’s acquittal on alleged child related charges in 2005, several journalists, such as Aphrodite Jones, came forward to confess that most of the media in attendance intentionally put objectivity aside in covering the Michael Jackson case by fragmenting the facts divulged in court, reporting only anti-Jackson information.

    *The human race has quite often owed its scientific or artistic progress to the “weird” and the “eccentric.” Let us consider, for example, Galileo Galilei, who was charged for openly discussing Copernican theory, a concept seen as sinful and roundly condemned at that time; later, of course, this theory went on to become the accepted standard of scientific understanding of the universe. We might also stop to consider how treasonable the very idea of democracy once was, how dangerous the aristocracy felt it to be; later, democracy became the world’s prevailing political philosophy. We can also remember that the concept of equality between : women and men, different ethnicities, or diverse religions, was derided when it emerged. Also, had she not thought differently from others, might Mother Teresa not have been a stay-at-home mom instead of traveling to India and risking her life for humanity?

    Keeping the history of these exceptional ideas and people in mind, I can almost guarantee that if one had killed all the “weirdoes” among our Australopithecine ancestors 3.5 million years ago, our species might not have made it to the 21st Century. We might very well have just remained a much more primitive species, one without the use of fire and the wheel, let alone an orchestra, democracy, or computers. Is it not, after all, diversity that allows for evolution?

    In other words, “weirdness” is sometimes the inevitable result of an exceptional imaginative ability that sees no boundaries in search of all the creative possibilities. As long as such individuals do us no harm, we should let them be. It is our duty to be respectful of those who are different not only because every human being is entitled to freedom, but also because diversity is at the root of human survival.

    To those who regard Jackson’s soft voice altered skin tone or facial appearance as weird, I would simply say this: You are revealing your own nature, at best : narrow-minded or obtuse ; at worst – unkind and bigoted. Nobody’s holy scripture deems it acceptable to criticize the physical appearance of people who have contributed so generously to the voiceless.

    To those who think that the Jackson’s spoken voice was peculiar, I would say that I see no significance in it. The spoken voice cannot be uncoupled from the singing voice that so many lauded. It might also be helpful for you to consider this information in order to broaden your understanding of the global context: there are countries where people respect those who speak softly, in a calm, non-aggressive manner. The American standard, where a loud voice seems necessary to assertiveness, is not the only standard in the world.

    To those who criticize the ‘King of Pop’ for purchasing Neverland, I pose this question: Would you have survived without buying a Neverland-sized residential property if you were in reality never able to explore any place alone without being horded by an ensuing media and public frenzy whenever you stepped out of your front door? A huge residence with a vast garden might have been the only possible way for this worldwide megastar to relax and enjoy some fresh air without constant intrusion from the public. After all, Jackson earned his money though incredible hard work and a perfectionist work-ethic. In light of his Guinness record-making support of no less than 39 charities, it may very well be hypocritical to criticize his spending habits.

    Having demonstrated that there is nothing inherently wrong with living unconventionally, the question now turns to whether or not Jackson ever harmed anyone with his behaviors. Here I will discuss the child related allegations leveled against him. —

    In discussing the two instances of allegations Jackson was faced with, I would like to focus my attention primarily on the 1993 case due to the fact that the more recent (2003-2005) accusations ended with Jackson receiving a full legal acquittal on all counts, the extremely low credibility of the accuser’s mother playing a significant factor in this exoneration. In other words, Jackson was found not-guilty so I believe we must discount this case.

    Considering that the laws of most U.S. states set down one’s right to sue anyone without being counter-sued solely in retribution for one’s lawsuit, this means that one can safely sue anyone they wants to sue. Thus, the extortion of popular and wealthy persons is an increasingly attractive ploy for those seeking a quick buck. Fast and easy money may once have come at a personal price, that being distrust from one’s community. But, with cities growing ever larger and more impersonal, an individual’s local reputation is of gradually thinning importance, resulting in more room for thievery. To some mischief minded, the risk of exposure as an extortionist might thus seem lower when compared to the potentially enormous financial benefits of a scam. As a result, a millionaire, especially one whose professional value is greatly magnified by popularity, is more vulnerable than ever. According to the National Center for Child Abuse and Neglect, in 1998, 71% of the abuse reports were revealed to be false or unfounded. The false accusation rate even rises to over 90% when a custody battle and money is involved (as was the case between the plaintiff’s parents in the 1993 allegations against Jackson, who was a friend of the child’s mother). In the 1993 case, the charges never went to trial but were settled out of court.

    The record illustrates that the financially troubled accuser’s father had previously approached Jackson’s representatives with a monetary request well before he sued for the alleged molestation, demonstrating that he would have refrained from filing suit in exchange for money. Would any parent with real care for the well-being of his or her children make such a deal?

    As evidence for my position, I present the recorded phone conversation in which the accuser’s father is heard to say that everything [is] going “according to a certain plan,” that he would win “big time” and that Jackson would be ruined forever. These words sounds far more like the words of a mercenary than those of a father concerned with justice for his son.

    It should also be emphasized that Jackson was never indicted on the 1993 allegations, even after an intensive 13-month investigation including interviews with over 400 witnesses in and out of the country, extensive searches of his residential properties, and even a 25 minute full-body examination in which Jackson had every part of his body photographed, videotaped and examined. And in the six years before the statute of limitation had expired, no criminal charges were ever filed. After the District Attorney’s office spent millions of tax payer dollars in hot pursuit of the singer, had they found any evidence of molestation, they would have been certain to indict Jackson. Civil settlement does not prevent criminal indictment. The 13-year-old boy at the center of the allegations refused to testify criminally and his father, the main individual behind the allegations, committed suicide within months of Jackson’s death.

    Having discussed the mischaracterization of what people might dismiss as “weird,” and having made plain the falsity of the allegations made against Jackson, accusations that in my view look suspiciously extortionate, I would now like to consider the moral impact that Jackson might have had on our society.

    Regarding integrity, Jackson’s deeds and lifestyle, apart from the media’s fabricated stories, remained consistently appropriate. In fact, his decency made him look almost old-fashioned, even when he was young, when compared with many entertainers’ indulgences in sex, alcohol, and drugs. Interviews with Jackson indicated that he felt it highly inappropriate to remark publicly on his sexual life. This, as far as I am concerned, is an example of his dignity and modesty. However, this very reserve may ironically have fueled baseless speculation about Jackson’s sexual orientation. I wish to ask : is publicly questioning a person’s sexual life not way more inappropriate than that person’s choice of silence out of a desire for privacy regarding the same? The fact that Jackson was not involved in a multitude of sex scandals with women, a fact which should normally invite respect, seems unfairly to have been justification for the media to pathologize Jackson. It is beyond ridiculous to construct the lack of lasciviousness and scandal as itself scandalous and suspect.

    Many people have also remarked that Jackson did not curse at all, especially when he was younger. Only after suffering numerous hate campaigns founded on falsehoods did he insert a very small amount of profanity into his songs, in response to a world which had betrayed him so deeply. Even then, his use of profanity stayed away from vitriolic attacks , but came across more as an artistic expression of deep anguish.

    Jackson also faced many accusations regarding his appearance. But, turning this around, what might this suggest about those themselves who so scrutinized the way he looked? What does it say about their own biases ? And about the people who claimed to know details about every surgical procedure Jackson allegedly had, calling him a freak without even having seen him actually ?

    After the 2003 allegations, the media repeatedly and mockingly displayed pictures of Jackson in an emaciated state, not out of concern for his well-being, but seemingly simply in order to label him a freak. It may very well be argued that Jackson was indeed beginning to look fairly thin, but doesn’t taking somebody’s tired physical appearance as direct evidence of inner abnormality only reveal our own superficiality ? Maybe , just maybe anyone else would have looked equally fatigued had they suffered the anguish of having to relentlessly fight vicious and false allegations.

    On the topic of morality : Which is more admirable, giving people hope by regularly visiting and donating to hospitals and orphanages, or telling scandalous stories based on speculation or lies? Which is more despicable, pursuing an exceptionally rigorous dedication to artistic perfection, or giving in to jealousy and greed to bring down an artist? The tabloid press, of course, uses this strategy on most celebrities and public figures. One might argue that Michael Jackson had learned to use the press as cynically as it used him, that he , especially in the early days, once believed that “all publicity is good, even bad publicity,” because it keeps their names in people’s minds. One might even go so far as to say that Jackson purposely flaunted his eccentricities to generate press. He did, after all, have a fine artistic sense of the dramatic, with drama selling newspapers. And Jackson always managed to keep his fame burning bright, even when he was not producing any new songs. As elaborated below, my issue, however, is not with Jackson’s handling of the media. Rather it is about what the media’s handling of Jackson says about societal norms and ethics.

    Critics have accused Jackson of not opposing false information adamantly enough. Pondering that charge, I suspect that having been abused by the media intrusiveness from his early days in the spotlight, Jackson might have come to feel vulnerable and victimized. Having been taught by his parent always to be nice to the media and to his fans, he might have felt he should not defend himself too vigorously for fear of losing his popularity. Furthermore, had Jackson taken the time to fight every rumor thrown his way, he would not have had time to be Michael Jackson, the artist as he did explain to a close friend. In the end ,we must ask ourselves, who is more faithful and true, a person who calls someone a freak without knowing him personally and without possessing any evidence of wrongdoing, or a person who shows patience and courage in the face of hostility and simply expresses who he really is by letting his work speak for itself?

    Some might argue that the attacks Jackson had to suffer from the media and from consumers can be justified as a natural price to pay for the fame and fortune. No, I say. That is too high a price being charged from a human being. Those attacks had exceeded all justifiable limits, And I wish to note that he was not paid to endure pain, but for his relentless efforts and dedication to his craft.

    We first explored “weirdness” as necessary and beneficial diversity, specifically addressing the fact that Jackson’s physical appearance and spoken pitch seem irrelevant to his achievements. We then found that allegations of unethical behavior on Jackson’s part were in truth baseless. Then we analyzed Jackson’s non-aggressive stance during TV interviews, not as demonstration of guilt but as a sign of decorum. Lastly, we found that the cost of fame seems an insufficient justification for the extraordinary personal attacks Jackson went through.

    We will now consider the implications of the behavior of the media and the public during the course of Michael Jackson’s career. The American media have disgraced themselves by displaying to the world the schoolyard bullying of a talented and creative soul with great philanthropic achievements . Now consider how this public bullying of a legendary figure might present itself to a new generation of youth, how it might play out in their minds and affect their morale … Might this type of public bullying not discourage the youngsters of today from pursuing their own creativity, their own inner diversity, for fear that they themselves might incur such abuse ?

    The coverage of Michael Jackson’s life poses among others, these questions to America: Does fulfilling the American Dream require that one subject oneself to unending media intrusion, to lies about oneself for the sake of selling newspapers, and where one unproven accusation is enough to be convicted in the court of national opinion ? Do you want your children to live in a world where pursuing the American Dream involves the risks of a nightmare of mistrust and abuse?

    I refer again to the journalists who later admitted their purposely distorted biased reporting on the Michael Jackson child molestation cases. If we recall for a moment the enormous number of journalists who surrounded the Santa Barbara County courthouse, one can surmise that the handful of journalists who came clean about their deception make up only the tip of the iceberg.I suspect that there were hundreds more who remained silent and who knowingly bent the truth to sell papers.

    I also suppose that there are thousands of people who, having received one-sided information, once believed Jackson to be a freakish criminal, but who, after his death and the revelation of new information, have come to see him just as one of us, a burdened human being and a caring parent, as well as a uniquely talented artist and a devoted philanthropist. Perhaps these now better-informed members of the public have come to doubt the veracity of the media itself, not just when it comes to Michael Jackson, but in general.

    I speculate that there is a pervasive notion that it is safer to say nothing when it comes to Michael Jackson for fear of being promptly stigmatized. However, we need to address the implications of such silent behavior. What does our silence about the attacks on one of the most visible achievers of the American Dream say? If we play it safe, we are forfeiting our children’s future into the hands of bullies. It is time for us to speak up about the damage opportunistic journalism is doing to our culture. As Edmund Burke once penned, “all it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”


  13. Irma permalink
    October 22, 2010 9:40 pm


    This Is Michael Joseph Jackson.
    First Place,Others,Second Place Himself.

    This Is Magical!


  14. Sam permalink
    October 22, 2010 10:46 pm

    One day please, let there be an understanding of, and an apology for what this outstanding man withstood and gave.

    This is my prayer.


  15. Chris permalink
    October 22, 2010 11:15 pm

    Michael’s humanitarian efforts for me personaly are even greater than his artistic achievements, but it is difficult too raise peoples awareness as an act of charity is selfless.

    It makes it seem like well he should be praised for all these things but yet he never did it for praise.
    At the same time it’s incredibly frustrating when you here him being called “selfish” and in England at least there was all but no mention of his charitable work after his death.

    I would like to have seen him get acknowledge before he died to be honest as you listed his main achievements for well known charities.
    What about his small but in away more profound acts?
    9/11 – fans were stuck in NY due to no flying and fans had no money cos they had flown in from all over for the 30th anniversary concerts and would of been homeless. Michael tracked some of them down and paid for their renewed flights and also there hotel bills while they waited for there new flight home.
    Also in London homeless people slept outside his hotel, he went down to them and ordered them all pizzas.
    It’s one thing to give money to large charities which is impressive, but to be humble enough to remember the small people is a different level of philanthropy altogether IMO.


  16. Irma permalink
    October 22, 2010 11:38 pm

    @Chris That’s So Right!!!!!
    And It Doesn’t A Small Thing!

    Another Thing I Wanna Mention.
    Farkas, Do You Remember When Michael Talked About Him On His Privite Home Movies Videos?
    Farkas Very Ill,Was Gonna Die,But Michael Saved Farkas Life By Not Giving Up And Finding Him A Liver!!



  17. October 23, 2010 2:58 am

    Wow, what a powerful article! Thank you! It is heartfelt, honest reflections like this that should be read first and foremost when one wants to learn more about Michael Jackson. I pray that someday during my lifetime it will be writing like this that pops up first when someone “googles” his name or picks up a book with him as the subject. I know I will do all I can to see to it that that happens someday, someway.

    Many people assume I have always been a hardcore fan/supporter of Michael Jackson. I was not. I was a very casual fan of his music–until he died. Now I am “fan of the man”, well, moreover a supporter of rebuilding his reputation. I know he was not perfect or a saint but certainly something must be done because this precious man was demonized and in the worst way possible–by taking what meant most to him and turning it against him. In his death the problems have multiplied, only he is no longer here to endure it–but someday it will be his children who will endure his pain if something is not done. It took me watching the “Private Home Movies” segment on YouTube (was this not released to in some form repair his image after the Bashir documentary?) to realize this was truly someone down to Earth, kind, caring, funny and loving. Later on I realized how intelligent and normal he was contrary to such fabrications you find written or said everywhere. Though I never thought him guilty of anything he had been accused of, the stigma of being a fan of his throughout my adolescence steered me away from him and his life’s work. It is something I will forever regret, that I did not stand up for him until he no longer had a voice of his own. This is what this man had to live with–continuous harassment-turned-hatred by people who did not even know the most basic of information about him. He became the ultimate bandwagon of horrid jokes and ridicule when he himself never spoke poorly of anyone.

    It is like a real war with Michael’s legacy now in the crossfires. Even those you would think would be compassionate towards him sometimes do not realize they, too, possess knives in their hands. He dealt with enough pain during his life, I hope that someday people will realize how much pain and look at him in a purely loving light. He deserves a legacy like that of John Lennon, Princess Diana and Nelson Mandela. He deserves such because he IS such. His humanitarian spirit will live on forever helping many across the world. Not many can say that. It is time people know the entire truth with no strings attached.


  18. October 24, 2010 1:28 am

    i want justice for this man he beens through hell i read all he got a rawdeal the rawest he did not deserve any of it its all been stupid from the get go uncalled for he worked hard to have what has tom s should be in jail where are the security tapes when he came home on june 24th 2009 he said he did not feel well they should have taken him to the hospital how come he wasnot taken eh this man did not deserve the crap he got


  19. Roman permalink
    October 24, 2010 12:51 pm

    Two great articles here. Thank you for sharing them.


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    October 27, 2010 9:26 pm

    Michael dedicates 1987 BAD tour concert to Yoshiaki, a young Japanese boy who was kidnapped and murdered.

    1987 Documentary “Michael Jackson (1440ours) Stay in Japan”


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  32. lcpledwards permalink
    October 28, 2010 12:54 am

    Here is an article I assisted Seven with on her site. It’s about MJ paying for the funeral of one of his idols, David Ruffin, who was the lead singer of The Temptations. They had a great mutual respect for each other, and MJ covered “My Girl”, while Ruffin covered “I Want You Back”.

    There is also more info on the kid who’s funeral he attended in 1995, whom the song “Childhood” was dedicated to.


  33. October 28, 2010 12:23 pm

    Pez, another big thank you for the link:

    Bernice King is speaking here of the love of God as the driving force for everything Michael Jackson did.

    Yes, one can feel that God was Michael’s ruling spirit – the one that sustained him throughout his hardship and made him really different from all the others.

    Others refer to God in a somewhat ritual manner while Michael didn’t talk much, but lived in constant communication with the Father instead. His belief was far from a conventional one – he even called God She in one of his poems, but it didn’t prevent him from seeing the holy power in every beautiful instance he encountered in life – be it music, love, children, nature, animals or grace in human relationships. He didn’t attend church in the later years of his life but reached so much peace and quiet within his soul that they were almost physically radiating from him in the “This is it” episodes showing the gentle and considerate way of his communication with the others.

    If there are people around us who have not noticed Michael’s glowing spirit YET, the only thing that remains to be said about these people is that they are blind and deaf to everything which makes up the most principal things in life.

    Here is Bernice King’s address at Michael’s funeral:

    “To the Jackson family, being a part of a world renounced family who has also experienced a sudden death on more than one occasion; my prayer is that no one and nothing public, fact or fiction, true or rumored will separate you from the love God which is in Christ Jesus. Because ultimately at the end of the day it is only God’s love that will anchor you, sustain you and move you to a higher ground far above the noise of life, there you will find the peace, comfort and joy to move forward to advance Michael’s legacy.

    And for all of us it is apparent that like our father and mother, Martin and Coretta King, Michael’s life and work was inspired by the love of God.

    Throughout the ages few are chosen from amongst us to use their gifts and talents to demonstrate God’s love in an effort to bring the world together in true sister and brotherhood. Michael was such a one. He epitomized the words of our father that an individual hasn’t started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of humanity.

    Michael was always concerned with others, with humanity.

    And I want the world to know that despite being embroiled in accusations and persecutions, as a humanitarian he thought it not robbery to concern himself with one of this world’s other greatest humanitarians, our mother, during her illness just three months before her death.

    In October, 2005 I was with mom when Michael called to say…and although she couldn’t speak because of a debilitating stroke. She listened as he said to her that he had been praying on his knees everyday for her. That to him she was America’s true royalty and he wanted her to know if music was being played in her room because of its healing effect. My only wish is that he could have seen the glow on her face. If faces could smile as we know they do, that day Michael Jackson made our mother’s face smile in spite of her condition. What an unforgettable moment.

    He was such a thoughtful and selfless man, full of the unconditional love of God and good works that touched and changed lives. He was indeed a shining light.

    Like our father Martin and in remembrance of Michael, may we all be inspired to go and let our lights shine. Rest in peace our brother Michael.


  34. October 28, 2010 2:21 pm

    “The article is about MJ paying for the funeral of one of his idols, David Ruffin, who was the lead singer of The Temptations.”

    David, King of COMPASSION is the exact name for Michael. It seems it is easier to enumerate those whom he didn’t help or support on a regular basis. Do you remember him paying all the expenses for his former teacher Rose Fine who was so old that she wouldn’t even recognize him? And after her death Michael supported her husband too…

    The MJ-777 blog says that Michael set up a scholarship for the little boy who survived in that tragedy and wrote a dedication to him: “Childhood is dedicated to little Craig Fleming and his surviving brother, Michael, for whom a scholarship fund has been established to ensure that his childhood ushers in a future of all possibilities”. Randy Taraborrelli said the initial check was for $50,000 and it was only a start.

    And shall I also remind everybody about the boy who was burnt by his father and whom Michael supported by money and attention until his last day in life?


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