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Michael Jackson: Hurt By The World, By Adrienne Papp

By Adrienne Papp

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” I know the creator will go, but his work survives.”
Michelangelo
.We all know how extraordinary, legendary and almost supernatural Michael Jackson was with dance moves, a style that nobody else could mimic, much less reinvent.  Jackson was not trained in dance or singing, yet has changed pop culture forever. That is God sent. That is the expression of a man who wanted to transcend death by attaching his personality to his art, which will then live forever.  He said in his last interview: “… to escape death I attempt to bind my soul to my work. ”  As a true icon and legend he has forever engraved his legacy in the history books as the greatest performer ever.

But, what we did not know about Michael Jackson or care to understand, was that he was deeply hurt by the world. He lived a very isolated and lonely life despite outside appearances. His soul struggled daily to overcome the pain that was constant throughout his life in one form or another. First, as a child with no childhood at all, then as a grown up attacked by the public and media equally, calling him “Wacko Jacko” and many other derogatory adjectives.

As was later proved, he was irrevocably broken by the false child molestation accusations, his spirit and mental state ruined forever. There seemed to have been no understanding that he only meant to do good and support those who were just as unfortunate as he was when a child. He not only deeply identified with the need for love in these children, but also wanted to “repair” the missing elements in his own soul by giving. A beautiful way to support the world and those in need. Yet, he was grossly misunderstood and obviously taken advantage of.  Jackson ended up paying huge amounts of money just to rid himself of yet another painful incident, which these lawsuits exploited. The events in his life should shed a light on the less evolved side of human nature: greed, speculation and underhandedness from those who attach themselves to successful and unsuspecting kindred spirits only to advance themselves by twisting the truth any which way their interest dictates.

Jackson is not the only victim to such behavior in polite society by those with a lesser God. This is a phenomenon that happens not only in Hollywood but most everywhere successful people try to lend a helping hand. And, then comes the media with its sensationalism. The combination of the two is enough to break the toughest of spirits.

I myself was skeptical at first about the allegations against Jackson due to the media coverage, but soon the truth became clear: He was not guilty Folks! But, because of Jackson’s inherent eagerness to create love and peace, settling was more congruent with his beliefs than getting into long drawn public arguments where ignorance dictates all judgments shadowing any attempt to understanding the human spirit, or even the obvious truth.

Genius is often accompanied by an elusive and quirky nature. That combined with the shyness and sensitivity Jackson had made him an enigma that the average mind had a hard time understanding.

Topping all this was the endless speculation about Jackson changing his appearance frequently, as if it was anybody’s business but his own. Constant dissatisfaction is a trait of a perfectionist and a habit of an artist ever wanting to express himself. The constant reinvention of himself and his perfectionist tendencies are the very same traits that made him the single most creative artist of our time. His mere presence on stage defined a new era in entertainment and influenced the entire world. Ironically, just as his fans made him successful by their support, the very same outside world devastated him to the degree that he was close to a nervous breakdown more often than not, becoming a fragile man with a broken spirit and frequently lonely existence.

Even Michael Jackson’s legendary wealth was in sharp decline. There was speculation that he only decided to do the 50-concert comeback in order to save himself from bankruptcy and due to the pressure from his own people. He found himself in a huge financial hole which only was getting bigger and bigger, but was able to maintain some financial stability based on his half ownership of the copyrights to The Beatles catalogue. That joint venture with record company Sony technically kept him from bankruptcy.

A source close to Jackson says that he predicted his own death just a week before he died: “I am better off dead. I do not have anywhere left to turn. I am done.” The source also added, “He said he was worried that he was going to end up like  Elvis. He was always comparing himself to Elvis, but there was something in his tone that made me think that he wanted to die, he was tired of life. He gave up. His voice and dance moves weren’t there any more. I think maybe he wanted to die rather than embarrass himself on stage. The most obvious comparison between the King of Pop and the King of Rock ’n’ Roll was their prescription drug habits, which in Jackson’s case had significantly intensified in his final months.”

Jackson’s tragic death made me compassionate and angry at the same time. Two questions are definitely raised by his sudden passing and the way he was forced to live.  First, when will the medical community realize that the solution does not lie in prescription drugs? Hanging around celebrities for recognition and giving them drugs in order to get into their good graces is not helping their heath but rather hastening their death.

Secondly, when will the media finally back off ? Why is it necessary to delve into the very private lives of celebrities and not only dig until they hit the kidneys, but cover a story (whether true or not) until the audience gets sick of it? Then, move onto yet another one, again, until we all get sick of it? In the meantime, the world is falling apart and there is more than enough to talk about besides gossip and one celebrity or another without a break. I sometimes wonder how one topic can be talked about for days or weeks from so many angles yet with one meaning.

Michael Jackson was undoubtedly the most talented performer of his generation and will be remembered forever. But his music and talent may be overshadowed by the grotesque caricature of him that was perpetuated in the media.

Now that he is gone, it is time to appreciate him and his talents for what they really are, and not what a  fashionable and sensational interpretation describes  them to be.

Source Quote: Ian Halperin

Image via MySpace.com/MichaelJackson

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About the Writer:  Adrienne Papp is a recognized journalist who has written for many publications including Savoir, Beverly Hills 90210, Malibu Beach, Santa Monica Sun, The Beverly Hills Times, Brentwood News, Bel-Air View and Celebrity Society, among many others. She is the President and CEO of Los Angeles/New York-based publicity companies, Atlantic Publicity and Atlantic Publisher. Adrienne writes about world trends, Quantum Physics, entertainment and interviews celebrities and world leaders.
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59 Comments

    I appreciate your true and sincere comments on Michael, he is the greatest and the best man in the world.

  • I appreciate wat u worte ,coz i believe tat Micheal was one of the best of all times ..He was a rock star ..who will remain in our hearts forever…

  • “If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make a change”…it’s easy to point fingers, but so much better to point ourselves in new directions of compassion and understanding! Great piece and much needed, positive pointing!! May the pain fade in the brightness of our renewed love and inspiration…I agree, let’s Appreciate!!!

  • Thank you for this, I agree with every word. He was in pain most of his life, yet was able to bring joy and love to the lives of millions. We may have to wait hundreds of years for someone like him to come along, or possibly forever. There’s also one more lesson we should learn from his story: can we please APPRECIATE people why they are alive? Why are we so insensitive towards the living? Had he seen all this outpooring of love that his DEATH had prompted, he may well still be ALIVE. And that is the saddest of all…

  • This is a beautiful insightful article. Thank you!

  • direct;

  • Finally an article that has something that Jackson desperately needed but was deprived of his whole life – compassion!

  • I listened to Michael Jackson’s music when I was little. I was not really a big fan of him because I was still a child during his era. There are some songs of his that I like but I did not know they were his until now. I don’t read tabloids, sometimes I watched the news and heard stuff about him. My reaction was “whatever”. Because he was always there. Until I read the news on the internet about his death. I was sadden and started crying alone. I have couple of his old CDs, and VHS somewhere in the house, so I took them out and listen to them. Every night I went on youtube and watched all of his performance, read all the news about him. I got really emotional every time people talk about him. I have never met him in my life. I was never a loyal fan of his. Why am I so hurt about his death. The more I read about him the more I cry. How can I let it go? And why am I like this?

  • I beleive he really did not give every one a chance being his friend or meeting the right people.
    Friends are hard to come by, and always friends are the ones that want to protect a real freind will only help you and injoy your company. Micheal needed a real friend, to understand him they were out there he just needed to fine them. He was a great peron

  • What I find most interesting about Michael Jackson, and other geniuses or talented artists, and an idea which you articulate in your article, is this notion of inner demons. Those who are truly gifted or have the capacity to change society, specifically in the arts, seem to be faced with a complex interior world. Unfortunately for Michael Jackson, unlike people who aren’t famous, the public gained access to his personal problems, and he could not deal with them on his own. Although he may not have been able to withstand the media/publicity (and who can blame him?), he was, like you said, the most talented performer of his generation, and left a huge imprint not only in the music industry but in society as well. Michael Jackson will certainly live on.

  • Wonderful article Adrieene. Touching and very insightful.

  • Very well put, thoughtful, and kind. One of Michael’s many famous songs, “Man in the Mirror”, talks about looking honestly at oneself and being willing to change. I hope that many of your readers will consider that message as they look back on Michael’s life and accomplishments, and consider how even after Michael Jackson’s death, there is the same negative elements in media that haunted him during life, and that we all will choose to focus on the many gifts Michael brought to the world, and that we also have unique gifts to bring to the world, if we are willing to change and grow beyond our own challenges.

  • Great article. Keep up the good work. Despite his personal problems he was quite an artist to be remembered for generations to come.

  • very well written, and some of these things I haven’t heard before. Great perspective that is sympathetic and heartfelt. He will be missed.

  • I felt all the things in this article before I read it, and thought it was beautifully said!I have always had a deep appreciation for Michael Jackson’s Electrifying Presence, Music, and incredible dancing. Since his death I have been drawn the story of who he really was, and I have deep respect for his genius talent, his innovations, and his great big heart that wanted to heal the world and make a better place for humanity and children. A combination of his childless childhood, his father, and our cruel world lead him toward his broken spirit and his final rest. RIP Michael, you will live on always through your music and will continue to inspire our spirits.

  • Very Well said Adrienne.

  • Excellent article!!!

  • The Elvis Of Time Just Like Your Article States. The Greatest Performer of All Time

  • Dear Adrienne: You touched the “core” of my heart when I read your personal view on how the world TRULY did hurt Michael Jackson. I honestly feel that excerpts of your article should have been used on the MAJOR NETWORKS and even at his Memorial Service. THANK YOU for your perspective…It is deeply appreciated! Michael’s purity and open hearted sense, of endless giving towards children was definitely misconstrued. Michael once said that his music, his dance and his personna was a ” God Given ” Gift that was already there…he just knew how to “tap” into it ! Michael TRULY was a “GIFT” from God and through his genius & talents was able to touch souls around the world. I pray that we as a human collective will realize that through Michael’s legacy , “We Are Not Alone!” Maybe,just maybe,Adrienne, we can change from being a world that deeply hurt him, to a world that learns to carry on his Spirit through learning to LOVE endlessly the way that only Michael Jackson knew how to !

  • This is a spectacular article. Very well written.

  • i have done a catering for Michael long..long time ago with and for his band here in la!!!(had monkeys hanging ‘splants over my beutiful table)
    Oh, what a night…..i teasure this moment for ever,
    nicole

  • A very well written article…Although MJ has past away he lives on in his music and videos we all admire.
    The legend with never die.

  • Great article!!!
    I hope all these false alegations and bad histories come out to light soon…this guy was such a good nature human soul!!
    We love you Michael!!
    Thanks for the article!!

  • article to the point and nicely expressed by Ms. Papp…MJ RIP

  • “If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make a change”…it’s easy to point fingers, but so much better to point ourselves in new directions of compassion and understanding! Great piece and much needed, positive pointing!! May the pain fade in the brightness of our renewed love and inspiration…I agree, let’s Appreciate!!!
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  • A very insightful article into the life of an extremely sensitive and gifted performer. For some of us who grew up with Michael Jackson’s music his untimely death is like having a childhood friend die…his music is tied into many of the events of our lives….so part of our own growning up died along with him…which is why it is so painful to lose him…..there will never be another one like him….a beautiful soul.

  • Perfectly true!
    This article says it all.

  • MICHAEL JACKSON can… at long last rest in peace, whether you belive he was a child abuser (if you look and think hard enough to how he was open and the undisputed genuine love he had for children)is entirely up to you as an individual. I never believed he was for a second and i too am a father of 3. If you are a believer in the alpha and the omega, god said judge not and ye shall not be judged!!! God bless, love, and protect you Michael, your family and every one of us. REST IN THE BEST COMPANY POSSIBLE and keep smiling. 😉 (IF ONLY MORE OF US WERE LIKE YOU IN HEART!)

  • YES!!!

  • One of the best articles I have ever read about Michael Jackson. This article is spot on the money. RIP Michael.

  • Exactly how I feel about the situation…well put.

  • Good One!! He was lonely! He was to gentle to hurt children! He was a droken man! His heart could not take it anymore!

  • I will really miss Michael and his music. 🙁

  • i will really miss the King of Pop. michael jackson is truly the best pop artist in this lifetime.’,:

  • How disgraceful it is that the world discounts people who are true sincere souls. If all of them had a publicist who talks and sees things like you do, maybe the media would back the heck off. Thank you for this memorable piece on this genius musician and philanthropist

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