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    Default Re: Why did Michael cover up his vitiligo instead letting it be?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piek View Post
    No one should even feel obliged to disclose any personal health information with the world – famous or not. It's a deeply personal decision to keep that private or tell it to the world. We can only be thankful when a famous person decides to share this information, because it can help a lot of other people, but it should never be mandatory.

    Michael shared this information when he felt it was appropriate to do so, and when he felt safe enough to do so. It was good he did – but keeping it to himself the rest of his life would have been fine, too. It's his choice.
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    Default Re: Why did Michael cover up his vitiligo instead letting it be?

    Skin disorders are both horrible and humiliating. At first everyone's asking what's wrong with your skin, why does it look like crap, is it infectious. Then they start avoiding you. It feels like your whole body is trying to fight against you, trying to kill you via infections, your skin being your largest organ.

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    Default Re: Why did Michael cover up his vitiligo instead letting it be?

    Quote Originally Posted by NatureCriminal7896 View Post
    anyway i'm closing this thread if i can because i was only asking a question for another person. i wasn't meant be something big. you are the people who things biggest than their are. when it not. love Michael but not his half his fans.
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    Default Re: Why did Michael cover up his vitiligo instead letting it be?

    Seeing every celebrity (and person in general) constantly complain over anxiety, some I feel to just jump on the bandwagon in all honesty, I wonder how Michael would have been received if he spoke publicly about his vitiligo and lupus if he were alive today

    I feel for him when I think about that, but I admire his courage massively because he always got back up no matter how hard the world came down on him

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    Default Re: Why Did Michael Cover Up His Vitiligo Instead of Letting it Be?

    ^excatly

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    Default Re: Why Did Michael Cover Up His Vitiligo Instead of Letting it Be?

    As someone who lives with a rare autoimmune disorder which greatly affects my appearance, to the degree where people stare whenever I'm out in public and are sometimes afraid to talk to me, I can totally understand why Michael went about it the way he did. If I had the money I would go out of my way to cover it up too because it makes me feel very uncomfortable and self conscious most of the time and I'd wish for nothing more to go back to the way things were before it emerged.

    What it must have been like to be in his shoes I can only imagine. Being a black man, an entertainer where you rely on your appearance as it is a great part of your work, and also being the most famous person in the world, to lose part of your identity... it must have been horrifying. I think he also didn't recognize himself in the mirror at times.

    It's easy to tell in the Oprah interview he feels unfomcortable to talk about it. It makes me want to reach out and hug him because I understand.
    I think it could have helped him though if he had spoken about it earlier in his career and more clearly before it became obvious something was going on and the press had a chance to twist it and run with it. Like he didn't want to be black. That's such an incredibly hurtful comment. (The way Oprah brings it up makes me cringe)
    On the other hand I can get why he didn't speak up earlier. Because it might have been brought up every time he had an interview and I think he would much rather have them talking about his work than any condition he had. Unfortunately it backfired.

    The celebrities who have a medical condition and do stand up to be a face of that condition, to raise awareness, that's a choice. It's brave to do so, and it's just as brave to just live with it and pursue other goals in my opinion. Neither is easy.
    It's definitely a tough choice because once you make that choice to commit yourself to that cause it's going to be brought up a lot, if not all the time. Would you want that? And in Michael's case, given how the press treated him for most of his life, it could have been even worse. (though I wonder if that's even possible..)

    I'm an artist myself (different field) and I rather have people talking about my art and other things that I do than what I have or how I look. If I would have been famous, I think that would still be the case. So, that's my point of view.

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    Default Re: Why Did Michael Cover Up His Vitiligo Instead of Letting it Be?

    Please don't take my thanking Elton-Cetera for the "vitiligo " youtube post the wrong way. It's just that i used to take a skin care college course and vitiligo is a real skin disease. I'm thankful that Elton -Cetera's post is educating more people about it. That's all. Thank you.


    (i guess I need to be careful when i join deep discussions. I may send people a message that i don't mean to send.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by MoonwalkingKay View Post
    As someone who lives with a rare autoimmune disorder which greatly affects my appearance, to the degree where people stare whenever I'm out in public and are sometimes afraid to talk to me, I can totally understand why Michael went about it the way he did. If I had the money I would go out of my way to cover it up too because it makes me feel very uncomfortable and self conscious most of the time and I'd wish for nothing more to go back to the way things were before it emerged.

    What it must have been like to be in his shoes I can only imagine. Being a black man, an entertainer where you rely on your appearance as it is a great part of your work, and also being the most famous person in the world, to lose part of your identity... it must have been horrifying. I think he also didn't recognize himself in the mirror at times.

    It's easy to tell in the Oprah interview he feels unfomcortable to talk about it. It makes me want to reach out and hug him because I understand.
    I think it could have helped him though if he had spoken about it earlier in his career and more clearly before it became obvious something was going on and the press had a chance to twist it and run with it. Like he didn't want to be black. That's such an incredibly hurtful comment. (The way Oprah brings it up makes me cringe)
    On the other hand I can get why he didn't speak up earlier. Because it might have been brought up every time he had an interview and I think he would much rather have them talking about his work than any condition he had. Unfortunately it backfired.

    The celebrities who have a medical condition and do stand up to be a face of that condition, to raise awareness, that's a choice. It's brave to do so, and it's just as brave to just live with it and pursue other goals in my opinion. Neither is easy.
    It's definitely a tough choice because once you make that choice to commit yourself to that cause it's going to be brought up a lot, if not all the time. Would you want that? And in Michael's case, given how the press treated him for most of his life, it could have been even worse. (though I wonder if that's even possible..)

    I'm an artist myself (different field) and I rather have people talking about my art and other things that I do than what I have or how I look. If I would have been famous, I think that would still be the case. So, that's my point of view.
    I totally agree with you.

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    ^MoonwalkingKay
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    Default Re: Why Did Michael Cover Up His Vitiligo Instead of Letting it Be?

    I remember being skeptical about MJ having vitiligo, until I saw a grocery-store cashier in Dallas who was afflicted with it. They almost looked like Two-Face from the Batman comics, with one side of their face mostly black and the other side mostly Caucasian. It was also on their hands, so from that point I started being more aware and sensitive about it. When I read Frank Cascio's book and saw the pictures of Michael with vitiligo on his arms, I remember thinking to myself, "There it is; nuff said."
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    Default Re: Why Did Michael Cover Up His Vitiligo Instead of Letting it Be?

    I always believed he had vitiligo because I saw many people who had the disease. Some people on the streets that passed by me and i've watched interviews of people with the disease. So I always believed in MJ. I think he didn't hide the disease, I think he simply didn't talked about it, because it is a very difficult thing to deal with. We, the public, we aren't famous and we don't have the whole world watching us. But he had that, and so it was even more difficult and painful. Imagine our private life smashed in the front page of a magazine? Imagine the entire world dissecting our healht condition, our body?! I totally understand him for wanting to Keep that to himself.

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    Different KindofLady, I
    completely agree with all of your points, here. Who is the media, and who are WE (the general public, the vast majority of whom have never even met Michael Jackson in our entire lives, much less had ever known him, personally) to pass any type of judgment concerning his decision to privately seek, and to receive, treatment for his medical conditions (Discoid/S.L.E. Lupus and extensive, severe Vitiligo) and scalp-burn injuries —— which, obviously, had affected his outward physical appearance to the degree that he would otherwise have been horribly disfigured if he hadn’t received it —— so, he could look more “normal” and, pretty much, have been left alone, to some extent?

    Didn’t he have as much of a right to look the way HE wanted to look —— “perfectionist,” or not —— and, to have determined for himself what was “normal” for HIM, without his actions being negatively viewed and wrongly perceived as “cowardice,” according to the latest so-called “woke”/“P.C.” standard of “bravery”? What’s with all of this “woke” business?

    I guess, according to the “P.C.” crowd, Michael, as sensitive and introverted/shy as he already was, in order to please certain people, he was supposed to walk around in public totally disfigured (with burn scars and bald spots on the top of his head, a big red Lupus rash across his face, covered in splotches/discoloration all over his entire face and body), to prove a point and “make a statement”; Meanwhile, the media probably would then have had their biggest field day at his expense, have written page after page after page, might have broadcast hour after hour on T.V. and radio, etc., about his various medical/physical health conditions/diseases, and he would become the laughing-stock, the butt of THE MOST mean-spirited of comedians’/late-night hosts’ jokes aimed directly at him, and THE cruelest attempts at “humor” and “satire” ever.

    Knowledge of Michael’s medical conditions would have become even more public, a whole lot sooner, if he hadn’t been given the right to wait until HE felt like he was ready to reveal such deeply private, personal information.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GGVVGGCC22331122 View Post
    Different KindofLady, I
    completely agree with all of your points, here. Who is the media, and who are WE (the general public, the vast majority of whom have never even met Michael Jackson in our entire lives, much less had ever known him, personally) to pass any type of judgment concerning his decision to privately seek, and to receive, treatment for his medical conditions (Discoid/S.L.E. Lupus and extensive, severe Vitiligo) and scalp-burn injuries —— which, obviously, had affected his outward physical appearance to the degree that he would otherwise have been horribly disfigured if he hadn’t received it —— so, he could look more “normal” and, pretty much, have been left alone, to some extent?

    Didn’t he have as much of a right to look the way HE wanted to look —— “perfectionist,” or not —— and, to have determined for himself what was “normal” for HIM, without his actions being negatively viewed and wrongly perceived as “cowardice,” according to the latest so-called “woke”/“P.C.” standard of “bravery”? What’s with all of this “woke” business?

    I guess, according to the “P.C.” crowd, Michael, as sensitive and introverted/shy as he already was, in order to please certain people, he was supposed to walk around in public totally disfigured (with burn scars and bald spots on the top of his head, a big red Lupus rash across his face, covered in splotches/discoloration all over his entire face and body), to prove a point and “make a statement”; Meanwhile, the media probably would then have had their biggest field day at his expense, have written page after page after page, might have broadcast hour after hour on T.V. and radio, etc., about his various medical/physical health conditions/diseases, and he would become the laughing-stock, the butt of THE MOST mean-spirited of comedians’/late-night hosts’ jokes aimed directly at him, and THE cruelest attempts at “humor” and “satire” ever.

    Knowledge of Michael’s medical conditions would have become even more public, a whole lot sooner, if he hadn’t been given the right to wait until HE felt like he was ready to reveal such deeply private, personal information.
    Couldn't agree more!!!!

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