Thoughts on Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

As you have undoubtedly heard by now, Michael Jackson passed away just a few hours ago (if you haven’t, CNN, MSNBC, Mashable are among those reporting).

Any child of the 1980s was influenced to some degree by Michael’s unique musical and dance style. Michael inspired a lifelong passion for music and dance for many.

I do believe it is extremely unfortunate that his legacy will be marred by controversy from child abuse allegations. I personally found it much more difficult to enjoy Michael’s music after the child sexual abuse controversies and legal actions (most notably the first one in 1993).

Today, in 2009, I think it’s time to set all that aside, and admire Michael Jackson for the great musician and dancer he was. Without him, pop music wouldn’t be what it was today (Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera come to mind). And let’s be honest here, even Elvis Presley was not without his share of controversy.

“It don’t matter if you’re black or white.” Indeed it does not.

2 thoughts on “Thoughts on Michael Jackson (1958-2009)”

  1. Short, sweet, and to the point. I am not a child of the 80s, but certainly heard Michael Jackson's music over the years. I admired his soft voice in interviews – a man beloved by people across the world, worth far more than most…and yet, it always seemed like the success was just as new to him that day as it was at the beginning. I'll miss MJ and it would be a shame not to mark his passing with notice. Your sort commentary is a perfect marking of his passing in the most tactful, moving manner. Thank you, Shawn.

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    Isabella "Niche Lady" Murphy, The Staying Paid Diva

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