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A series of curious events

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OK.  So here we go.  The inevitable Michael Jackson mentionette.  It’s  been one of ‘those’ events – that most of use can count on one or two hands.  9/11, the deaths of Kurt Cobain and Princess Diana…where were you when you found out? 

Princess Diana’s death was a phenomena, the world went into mass mourning. On the morning of her funeral, I remember wandering the streets of London trying to find somewhere that was open to serve us breakfast. On 11th September 2001, I stepped off a train and arrived in Ulaanbaatar, Outer Mongolia to the news that a plane had flown into the Twin Towers and no further information for two weeks as I entered radio silence.  Twelve years on and the world is hyper-connected.  The news of Michael Jackson’s death took minutes to reach my desktop, before it reached blogs or news desks.  A few more minutes and the news was delivered to friends in bars, on army camps…along with millions of other people, I hit the refresh button on my internet browser repeatedly, looking for confirmation of the rumours, hoping that it would prove to be misinformation.  The sheer level of traffic took several high profile sites out.  And an hour later, there it was – confirmation on the BBC news website that Michael Jackson had died.

Now we’re in the calm before the storm, the stage where the media politely respect that a legend has passed on.  The very same lions that he was thrown to time and time again.  It’s only going to be a matter of a week or two before stories start coming out – people who weren’t ‘brave’ enough to speak out when he was alive.  Whether there will be any truth to their statements is neither here nor there, it will be a complete circus. 

I have no idea whether any of the famous news stories were true.  Maybe there is not smoke without fire.  Obviously, I don’t know him, I wasn’t part of his life, but the one thing I was sure of, was that anyone could see that Michael Jackson needed help and that there were warning signs for a long, long time.  Everytime I saw him and his increasingly disfigured face, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for this strange creature that only ever came across as bewildered, alone and desperately unhappy.  Very bittersweet.

Finally, Lisa Marie Presley has spoken out by posting on her Myspace about her marriage to Michael Jackson http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=42291868&blogId=497035326  It’s an interesting read.  It’s sad, but she feels extreme guilt, but I don’t think a single person could have been his saviour.  I think of him as another Judy Garland – a tragic child casualty of the entertainment industry.  No one can take away from him his awesome musical talent and the amazing legacy he has left the world.  Now, with the impending squirmish for dirt, his final layers of dignity will be stripped away.  I’ve only ever felt sorry for him, in life and now in death.  RIP MJ.

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Written by marnova

June 30, 2009 at 2:55 pm

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