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I know most my friends list has had their say about Michael Jackson dying.

I won't be in the majority of sentiments I've read.

You've been warned.

Ever since I was a little girl I never could understand the appeal of the man. Granted some of the songs in his repertoire are bearable, but I just never really liked him.

He's supposed to be the icon of my generation. The "King of Pop". Sorry. I don't agree. I never owned the Thriller album. Or any of his albums for that matter. I remember listening to Thriller at a friends house and just wasn't impressed. I enjoyed Vincent Price's contribution more then MJ. I loved Paul McCartney thanks to Thriller.

I didn't agree with the idea of treating a chimp like a kid or buying the Beatles catalogue. The rumor that he had bought Joseph Merrick's bones was something that really turned me off.

Musically, he was ... challenged. He had a chance to influence a whole generation with lyrics that could have spoke to the times. In my opinion he failed to.

His dancing style was emulated by millions, including the likes of the Corey's (natch). However the crotch grabbing was just crude and crass.

As far as his personal life... He may not have been convicted, but in my mind he was guilty of sexual abuse. I don't buy the bull that he hung out with children (particularly boys) because he was trying to relive his missed childhood years.

I won't miss the man. I can only hope that his children have not been tainted and they turn out to be well adjusted without his influence.

I just had to put my thoughts out there. I don't expect anyone to feel the same as I.


Agreed. Everyone is posting about it constantly, the radio is playing his songs non-stop.

He was a sick man, and no, it is not normal to have little boys in your bed, when you are a grown ass man, and they are not your children. In no way, shape or form appropriate.

It's sad he is dead, because his family is in mourning and such.

But I as well cannot wait for the day when people have just gotten over it.

Re: talk of sexual abuse, possibly triggery...

You were able to verbalize what I could not. Your words are exactly along the lines I was thinking.

You're right that it's cruel fate his father is still alive when he is gone. His messed up childhood led to his messed up adulthood. His father was greedy and demeaning. I know that Latoya had made her own accusations of molestation and it would not surprise me if he had made inappropriate advances on his other children. Statistically individuals who have molested have been victims themselves.

IF that were the case, I could understand his disconnection from reality. It doesn't excuse it, but would make it understandable.

Meh, you're not alone. I'm not affected by his departure. I honestly never knew what to think about the reason he liked to hang out with little boys, whether that was a sexual thing or truly wanting to make up for his lost childhood. Likewise I never quite knew what to make of his plastic surgeries. But I never really loved his music, either, so I never felt compelled to come to a decision about what I thought. When I had a working mp3 I had one song of his on it, and I know Thriller, cause who doesn't, but meh. I am unmoved by his death. I can't believe people broke Google trying to find the latest updates.

I'm much sadder about Lorena Gale dying.
I'm in your camp. I was/am too young to get MJ's appeal -- but I recognize that Justin Timberlake has built his career around similar hooks and dance moves, minus the pedophilia and plastic surgery (so far as we know).

One of my friends is a bit older than me and very much into punk and rockabilly, but when I informed her Michael Jackson had died, she went straight home and listened to Thriller all night. Hilarious. I'm not one to diminish how she felt, but it struck me as an interesting reaction.
I actually kind of agree with you. I did grow up more in the 90's than the 80's when he was big and I will always remember him for the incidences with the little boys, not for his music, which I never have really listened to.