MJ is a tricky subject. I try to give people credit, distinguishing them from their professional life and that of their personal life. The analogy I would use is that perhaps their is a child molester living in your neighborhood, but he's also a car mechanic. And maybe he's the best mechanic in town. Best prices, and actually fixes your car, and because not many people take their cars to him, he really takes care of the few customers that do come to him. And then on the flip side, you know he has molested children.
Now, you need to get your car fixed. You know that this guy is going to fix your car, but you also know by supporting this person you are putting money in the pocket of someone that has a really serious vice that you do not condone. So what do you do? Now, I expect most people would just go to the 2nd best mechanic who isn't a child molester. And most people will simply regard this person as filth, regardless of whether he is really good at fixing cars.
It's the same with Michael Johnson. To me, the 3 cardinal sins in my book are molesting/hurting children, rape, and being a deadbeat parent. On one hand, if we could collect all these people and eject them into space, I wouldn't really have a problem with that. But at the other hand, I might realize that maybe some of these people might contribute other things to the world.
It's hard to reconcile disdain for Michael's persona life with that of his professional life. Professionally, it really doesn't get much better than him. Personally, it really doesn't get much worse than him.
For me personally, I take the Keith Brooking defense. I just ignore the bad, and focus only on the good. I only really think about Michael Jackson as an entity that existed prior to 1993. That which existed afterwards, to me is considered a separate entity.
Now, I don't apply this standard to everybody. And it's not fair. But Michael Jackson is one of those special cases that I don't have a problem making an exception for.
The old lady made a good point when we were discussing this last night. She said because I was such a huge fan, and I'm a musician myself, and I have a kid that helps explain why I despise MJ is because 'he let me down'. And in a way, I realize that's unfair but she is probably right about that.
But I couldn;t stomach alot of that memorial crap. My wife even put that nonsense on out TIVO. Good grief. The only thing more depressesing then actually get to see those kids mourn, was the antics of those clowns around them. Usher with that ridiculous fake staged appearance, John Mayer: guy never met or talked to MJ..Brooke Shield's is moved to tears. Really Brook? That woman had not laid eyes on MJ for 18 years! She knew what was going on.
And what about the people that should have been there that werent? Where's Oprah? Where's Quincy Jones? Where is Paul Macartney? There's got to be more to this then meets the eye...I think were all misty eyed now but things are going to come out soon and all the opportunists are going to scatter like cockroaches. All around tragedy. Tragic tortured life befitting a tragic memorail service. I'm not saying there weren't any real emotions or real people mourning there ( Like Stevie ) but a little too 'much' if you ask me and that always particularly bugs me at funerals. We've all seen the 'fake cryers' before...