We Are the World

After many hours of watching CNN about the passing of Michael Jackson, and two hour-long specials about him I guess it hit me this morning as I was watching this We Are the World video that he’s really gone. It’s very sad – not just that he’s dead but that his life got so bizarre and he was so lonely and he got so withdrawn. As I watch this video he’s a handsome young man who is just starting down his weird road. Why did all that have to happen?

When all the child molestation charges began I just didn’t believe it, then the evidence seemed overwhelming to me – especially paying $20 million to settle. Now I wonder. I rewatched his 60 minute interview with Ed Bradley in which Bradley questioned him repeatedly about having small boys in his bed and Michael just seemed like a confused lost soul who genuinely loved children and would never hurt them. Yes, his thinking wasn’t appropriate or the norm and he got himself into trouble. But it does seem like he may have been innocent.  As someone pointed out  – and it was an eye-opener for me –  MJ surrounded himself with other child stories who hadn’t had a chance to have a childhood. He had friends like Brooke Shields, Liz Taylor and Liza Minnelli (whose mother Judy Garland suffered the same child-star traumas as Michael) .

So sad. Such a wonderfully talented man who became so lost. I’ll surely miss him and his extraordinary talent.

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