I got to thinking about my posting of 6/26/09 regarding the passing of Michael Jackson, and decided it was a bit "cold". Here's my take on EmJay:
Michael was undoubtedly one of, if not THE, most phenomenal entertainers of the twentieth century. His music bridged international boundaries, and obliterated language barriers. His career of over 40 years was an exceptional accomplishment. MJ's performances were like a modern-day Roman Circus, in that he appealed to the masses. And not just the masses of Rome, but the masses of the entire world. He was truly "The King of Pop"!
Unfortunately, all was not roses for Michael. Despite his international fame and the many, many millions of dollars he earned, MJ was apparently a tortured soul. As his fame and fortune grew, MJ made a transition from an adorable young black child, to a somewhat other-worldly-looking, middle-aged, white woman-looking creature. He was obviously unhappy that he had been born into a black skin, and as he matured he could not reconcile that fact within his mind. Thanks to the volume of his positive cash flow, he could afford to undergo numerous procedures to bleach his skin to an unnaturally phantasmal white, and have his naturally black facial features surgically modified until he had a miniaturized Woody Woodpecker beak as the central focal point of his countenance. How unsatisfactorily MJ must have viewed the black race, to go to such extremes to erase its image from his mirror. Yet the black community - which he rejected - mourns his passing as they would a true "brother". Sadly, Michael reached the end of his unhappy life as a "whigger".
Then there was his inordinate interest in other people's children... especially other people's pre- and early teen boy children! There's an old saying that goes, "Where there's smoke, there's fire". EmJay should have been charged with arson for the several 5-alarm, fully-involved infernos into which he continued to pour fuel. A fantastic entertainer, outwardly exhibiting the mind and emotions of a young child, yet he indulged in some seriously questionable adult behaviors. I wouldn't go so far as to call him a miserable, self-loathing, child-molesting pervert... nor would I call him anything other than that.
The world has lost a truly great entertainer. MJ will leave a large hole in the entertainment world. The silver lining to this particular dark cloud is that there is also one less pederast in the world.
I'm absolutely certain that many people will consider me to be wrong in my assessment of EmJay's legacy... and there's a snowball's chance they could be right.