The child star who gave up his childhood to thrill millions is gone. And nothing will change that fact. I can not help but wonder what Michael Jackson would say of the media frenzy that has escalated since his passing. The word horrified comes quickly to mind.
The media both tabloid and traditional has continued their relentless assault on the legacy of Michael Jackson. Music producer, LA Reid stated recently that we should
“ turn up the music and turn down the chatter”. Well, that respectful request has been ignored and the “chatter” has turned into a disgusting whirlwind of speculation and innuendo. The facts be damned !
I watch as traditional media outlets lead their newscasts with vile headlines that come straight from tabloid outlets. When did that happen? When was it decided.... it was acceptable to throw out journalistic standards to continue to crucify a man ?
Why are many still using derogative terms such as “ JACKO” It is a demeaning, sensationalist term.... that it is not worthy of Michael Jackson and all his ground breaking achievementsl.
The term “Wacko Jacko” continues to dehumanize Michael Jackson and destroys his legacy.... I maintain it is veiled racism....but, racism just the same.
One has to wonder if the continued efforts to dehumanize Michael is an assault to
devalue Michael Jackson and therefore, devalue his historic legacy and to prevent him from surpassing The Beatles, Sinatra and Elvis.
One should also ask.....If this assault is allowed to continue is the media cheating his children out of the true legacy of their father and put in jeopardy the financial security of Prince, Paris and Blanket Jackson?
In an interview with Barbara Walters...Michael Jackson discussed the term “ Wacko Jacko”
Michael: You should not say, "He's an animal...he's a..." You should not say, "He's Jacko." I'm not a 'Jacko'. I'm Jackson.
Barbara: How do you feel when they call you...
Michael: Yeah, Wacko Jacko, where did that come from? Some English tabloid. I have a heart and I have feelings. I feel that when you do that to me. It's not nice. Don't do it. I'm not a "wacko".
It is time to let Michael Jackson truly rest in peace. The media needs to behave itself and stop acting let a petulant child....who wants the biggest piece of candy.
We should begin calling out the so-called reporters, producers, networks, celebrity blogs and tabloids that have enjoyed a destructive carte blanche approach in portraying Michael Jackson ...as anything else but a human being .
The media needs to accept their responsibility in the dehumanizing
of Michael Joseph Jackson and his eventual death.
It is a sad responsibility that many share .....and we should be outraged but most importantly, we should be ashamed!
TO THE MEDIA -PLEASE LEAVE HIM ALONE...HE’S GONE ..NOW, MOVE ON...please