I posted this back when MJ sadly passed away.
I'm going to join in on the conversation/mourning and talk a little bit about Michael Jackson, the King of Pop.
This morning I woke up to a message from my good friend, Kat, simply saying 'MJ is dead :(' and i'm not going to lie, I thought she was talking about Michael Jordan. That's not a joke or me poking fun, that's for real. I lay in bed sad and nodded back off to sleep, until I woke back up and suddenly realised she meant Michael Jackson. At first the feelings were the same, I was sad but not immediately moved. Now, I am awake and completely aware of the situation surrounding today's topic, Michael Jackson's death.
The thing that strikes me is the undeniable presence MJ had in everyday life. In everyone's life. Whether people were poking fun at him, shit-talking about him or expressing their love of the music that he has given the world, he is more than a part of pop-culture. He is pop-culture. More than the presence he had, MJ was higher than 'celebrity' status. He was more than an icon or idol. While he was those things, he was, to put it simply (and cheesily) Michael Jackson. I don't think I ever once considered the fact that he would or could die. When he was still performing, facing court, heck even when he was bedridden with ill-health, I never once considered it. It was, and still is, unfathomable.
Everyone knows Michael Jackson lived an extraordinary and eccentric life. From his music career in which he proved to be one of the greatest entertainers to his private life which never really was private at all, he seemed untouchable. Like the thought of 'land' still existing in the movie 'Waterworld', Michael Jackson was so famous and huge that everyone knew he existed but very few ever made enough contact to say whether he was real or a figment of everyone's imagination. And unfortunately, in the later years of his life, it seems our imaginations pushed the MJ legend further than the man could take it.
He seemingly fell from the stratosphere to, and I quote, 'disappoint' people. The thing is, the man himself isn't the diappointment because he himself was just a man, and the fact that he has now passed is proof that even MJ wasn't untouchable. It seems people just forgot along the way. MJ was a man who hired actors and a supermarket so that he could do the shopping without being noticed. He was a man who completely covered himself head-to-toe with sunglasses, face-masks and coats so he could take his children to Borders and they could read books. Is this the work of 'wacko jacko' or just a man doing what he had to do so he could live a little bit? They are the lengths he had to go to, the prices he had to pay, for being MICHAEL JACKSON. I'm not pulling the sympathy card here, all I am saying is that he himself did as much as he could do. I mean, there is only so much any of us could do in those circumstances.
To finish this up, I just want everyone to think about it. To realise that while Michael Jackson the man is no longer with us, Michael Jackson the entertainer always will be. That's just how it is. The man took it as far as he could, but it's our perception of the Michael Jackson legend that keeps it going.
Michael Jackson isn't dead, he just finished his time as the MJ legend personified.
Until another time,