- May 25, 2014
Oh, I hope work is treating you well! and I understand that completely. Plenty of people know I love MJ, but they don't quite understand the extent, so it's definitely refreshing to have people that really get it. You're stuck with us now, girl!OH, it's fine! This week has been eating me alive. I am currently traveling for work and staying in a hotel with my friend and though she (of course) knows about my love for Michael, she doesn't knooooooooooow about it. Just another reason it's so great to have you all!!
Yes, Moonwalker I have watched a bit of already, but planned to watch every moment of at some point. I HAVE to watch the American Dream one! Is it legitimately good? I don't know much about the various biopic attempts that have come out already and which ones fans like and don't like. Either way, I look forward to watching it! A Michael Jackson movie marathon is truly all I want my life to be lol.
It is INSANE that people just made up crazy stuff about him! It is legitimately nuts to imagine how it must feel to be on the receiving end of that. How does any person actually survive the constant scrutiny?? I do a podcast with weekly episodes and I've only received nice feedback on it, but I have a constant fear of people writing bad reviews....I am also a writer and anytime I publish something I live in fear of someone hating it...I also am a college prof and every time I get student evaluations, I worry someone will be mean. I have contemplated starting a YouTube channel several times (I'm actually interested in doing an MJ reaction channel because I'm so wildly enthusiastic about him). BUT, and this is my point in mentioning all of this, the fear of criticism and rejection is SO hard for me to deal with. I still push past it, of course, but that fear (and sometimes reality) is so hard. I imagine a lot of people feel that way.
...so then I think about someone like Michael and the massive amount of cruelty he constantly faced. The criticism and the judgement is bad enough. But not only did he receive that on an unparalleled level, but then he also had to deal with people completely fabricating stuff about him?! How does someone even keep sane with that? That would drive most people to the brink. What's really amazing too is that he was a person who was so, so sensitive and especially to other people's pain. Do you think he was sensitive to his own pain? Sometimes I wonder if he blocked so much pain in himself, that he poured all of the compassion and empathy he had into the world around him. The more I write this, I realize, MY GOD, they must have known it would take something REALLY BAD to break someone like Michael Jackson. He was the most resilient person imaginable.
Regarding the woke era comment.... I do think certain elements of his life would be significantly better. But something I do wonder about is how MJ would have handled social media. He was intentionally mysterious - no interviews, limited appearances, putting out an album every few years - would he have kept this same approach with social media and not really used it for promotion? OR would he have used social media to correct the narratives about him? I'm so curious.
And yes, The Jacksons: An American Dream is amazing! It's a 2 part mini-series that was inspired by Katherine Jackson's book My Family, The Jacksons, and follows the story of how the family got started, all the way up to the start of the Victory Tour. Searching For Neverland (not to be confused with that vile, trashy "documentary") is also quite good and is based on the book by Michael's bodyguards Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days. There's also the Bad 25 and Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off The Wall documentaries which were both made by the brilliant Spike Lee and feature lots of previously unseen footage of Michael at work!
Whatever you do, avoid the Man in the Mirror movie like the plague. it was truly terrible.
and yeah, I can understand that too. I'm also creative, except I do illustration and graphic design, and I'm also quite intimidated by certain kinds of criticism if it's not at all constructive, y'know? Like, if there's a way I can improve on something, I'll be happy to hear it and consider it, but if it's just downright mean for meanness' sake? It's very hard to go through yourself, let alone on a global scale.
I couldn't even begin to imagine going through the outright disrespect Michael had to. Again, that's part of why I admire and adore him so much. Despite everything going against him or how he may have truly felt, he still had all of this love and generosity to share with the world. He took it all and did it with a smile. I mean, he did always say he had rhinoceros skin lol. And oh yes, I think Michael was very acutely aware of his own pain, but he took that all that hurt and made all of these beautiful masterpieces with it.
As for Michael and social media., I don't think he'd have his own private account anywhere or anything, but he'd have his team use it for promotions and announcements. I don't think he'd really have a lot to say, otherwise. That being said, I do remember that Michael used to visit and read through all of the fan forums on the down-low back in the day lol. He wouldn't actually comment or make posts I believe, but I have heard that his favorite threads to read through were the Curly hair vs. Straight hair and Gold pants threads LMAO.