Sunday, July 29, 2012

Michael Jackson: A Lost Childhood

Over the years during his life, Michael Jackson fell under a whole lot of scrutiny for the fact that he liked to hang out with children. This of course, led to the allegations of child molestation because no one could understand an adult wanting to be around kids all the time. I have of course defended Michael over the years saying that he probably liked the company of children because they weren’t the type who probed people with so many questions. Michael could tell a child he had Vitiligo and the child would no doubt believe him with no questions or doubts. He probably also felt that he could trust children not to use him for money or fame, but of course there were those few times where he did get burned by a child, but it's important to remember in both of those cases there were adults involved who had their own agendas, and because kids want to please adults, especially their parents which in turn caused the problems for MichaelJackson. Then there was Michael’s own child like attitude, the fact that he wanted to live in a house that had its own amusement park and zoo. This had many believing that he had a Peter Pan complex, because he seems to refuse to grow up.

However, was there something more to this then what has been speculated by many, but suspected by few such as myself? I have said for years that the main reason why I believe Michael Jackson wanted to do the things that most kids wanted to do was because he never had a true childhood. From the time he was five years old Michael Jackson was on the stage entertaining. He didn’t get to do the things that most kids take for granted like, going to school, hanging out with their friends, playing games, going to an amusement park, playing sports, riding bikes, having slumber parties, etc.

Michael Jackson visiting
a burned victim.
So it's no wonder when he got older he wanted to experience some of the things he missed out on, which of course led to him falling under public scrutiny, especially the slumber party part. Yet, the more we discovered about Michael Jackson after his untimely death, especially during his drug induced recorded conversation that was on Conrad Murray's phone, that Michael only seemed to have the purest of hearts in that he wanted to help sick children by building them a hospital where kids could get well and at the same time have a chance to play?

So when people call Michael Jackson a pedophile it upsets me greatly because there has never been any real, substantiated proof to justify this claim.  Maybe if the truth be known he was just someone who felt cheated out of what most of us have experienced and that is a childhood.

So is it any wonder that the adults he did have as friends were actually in a way kindred spirits who had experienced or could relate to what he himself had gone through; those who didn’t have much of a childhood either because they too were thrust into a career at a tender age, such as Elizabeth Taylor, Stevie Wonder, Shirley Temple Black, and Donny Osmond, to name a few.

So was it any wonder that Michael Jackson longed for children of his own; children whom he could give the childhood that he had so longed for himself. There was no doubt to anyone who ever saw Michael interact with his own kids in home movies or seen his kids talk about him that his three children meant everything to him. They were his whole world, prior to their existence perhaps the only time Michael Jackson ever felt truly complete was on stage performing surrounded by his fans, because this was all he had ever known.
Michael Jackson's children: Prince I, Paris,
Prince II, (a.k.a. Blanket)

So is this a true observation of Michael Jackson, was he someone who felt as if he was robbed of a childhood? Well don’t take my word for it, but that of Michael himself. Sadly during the Conrad Murray trial during that same audio recording that I mentioned earlier Michael went into his love for children, which spoke volumes of the pain he had felt over the years.  He stated and I quote:

"My performances will be up there helping my children and always be my dream. I love them. I love them because I didn’t have a childhood ... I feel their pain. I feel their hurt. I can deal with it."
Maybe Michael Jackson's love for children was just as simple and pure as that!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Neverland Ranch: Was Michael Jackson the Pied Piper in Luring Kids There?

Over the years a lot has been said about Michael Jackson's amazing estate known as Neverland Ranch. However, after the child molestation allegations in 1993' and of course 2005' something was added to what was said about this ranch as well as its famous owner. Neverland seem to get a reputation in the news media as being a place where an evil pedophile would lure innocent little children into his web. Seriously, to hear some journalist talk this was the only way to interpret it; in short it was a den of sinister evil. It would seem because Neverland had its own amusement park, train, and zoo that it had to be a place to entice children. (Huh, say what)? 
Michael Jackson with his chimpanzee, Bubbles
from earlier times!
Am I one of a few who saw that Neverland wasn't created to appeal to kids as much as to its permanent resident Michael Jackson? Let's remember Michael Jackson didn't have what most would classify as a normal childhood. He didn't get to go to amusement parks, or go to the public zoo like so many kids actually did, and of course when he got older, it was still impossible for him to do these thing due to his enormous fame. So because he was never able to do these things, he chose to give these things to himself, nothing sinister in that is there?

All right so some could argue that we know that a lot of kids visited Neverland Ranch, right? In fact, there are videos of kids being at Neverland with Michael Jackson, and then wife Lisa Marie Presley.

Michael Jackson with then wife, Lisa Marie Presley
from earlier times at Neverland Ranch.
Okay, yes kids visited Neverland I won't dispute that, but if you were to research this you would discover that most of these kids were from the "Make a Wish Foundation", an organization which grants wishes to children who have been diagnosed with terminal illnesses. Michael Jackson was an avid supporter of the "Make a Wish Foundation" and allowed this organization to bring many of their kids to Neverland as part of their wishes and dreams to do so. Now will someone please tell me if they can, what is so sinister about the "Make a wish Foundation"?  The last time I checked they were a highly respectable, and their reputation is flawless to say the least.

Michael Jackson with a young boy by the name of Farcas,
who he helped get a liver transplant to save the child's life.
The funny thing is when you listen to these descriptions of Neverland from the news media; there is of course, no mention of the "Make a Wish Foundation". To hear the news media talk Michael Jackson had a bus that he drove around looking for innocent unsuspecting kids, lured them onto the bus, and then took them to Neverland Ranch to do sick and twisted things to them. In short he was considered by the news media to be a stranger danger of sorts who enticed little kids. A regular Pied Piper wouldn't you say?

Michael Jackson always had a love for children.
He saw them as our future.
The odd thing is not only is the "Make a Wish Foundation" not mentioned in these lurid descriptions, but neither is the fact that these kids parents or adult generally chaperoned their kids while there. It was also never discussed that it was usually Neverland that the kids were there to see and not Jackson, unless it was part of the terminally ill child's request, then Michael would make it a point to meet the child or children and then leave them to have fun. In short, there was zero proof of anything else ever happening.

The news media always wanted to make it out to be more than it was.  They always wanted to sensationalize the story by questioning Michael's motives and actions by saying what grown man would want to have slumber party with a bunch of kids. What grown man does this? Michael Jackson owned a place that had its own amusement park and zoo, and what grown man owns this? Wait! We know what sort of grown man does this, the kind who is up to no good, right?  That's what the news media wants all of us to think. Well, guess what… there is another type of person and Michael Jackson falls under this type, the type who never had a real childhood, and personally I feel if the man wanted to go out and play, I think he deserved his right to do just that, don't you?  I mean, think about this for a moment, why do most adults want to have their own children?  They might have many reasons, but I am sure one of them is so that they can go out and play with them, and in doing so can play also without having anyone question it.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Michael Jackson: Did He Just Want to Hang Out With Kids? (Part 2 of 2)

In Part 1 of this blog I mentioned Bob Jones Book ("Michael Jackson:  The Man Behind the Mask"). I must admit I haven't really liked giving reference to this book, because for me this book is nothing more than the ramblings of a disgruntled ex-employee. I know I have said that before in regards to Bob Jones, but it can't be said enough believe me. Yes, I have given some credence to Jones and given him credit for writing some stuff that did make some sense, such as the reason Michael Jackson ultimately married his second wife Debbie Rowe, which I talked about in a previous blog entry entitled: "MichaelJackson's Second Wife:  Did She ReallyLove Him?  (Part 1 of 3) 

Once again, I still find most of this book unbelievable as the stuff I'm about to go into now. As stated, Bob Jones accused Michael Jackson in this book of only wanting to hang out with kids, he stated once the kids got older Michael would get rid of them. So is there any truth to this?

Let's take a closer look and see.  Now, I know the day before Michael Jackson's death it was reported that his long time friend, Miko Brando, the son of Marlon Brando was at the "This is It" rehearsal with him.  Now the last time I checked Miko was not a child, right?  He is a grown man, and he and Michael have been good friends for years.  Then there was another report that Michael had co-written a comic book with Dr. Deepak Chopra's son, Gotham in March of 2009', to whom he first met when he was a teenager, but now Gotham is in his thirties.  Their friendship has obviously continued regardless of the fact that Gotham is now older.
Sample of the Comic Book Michael Jackson and
Gotham Chopra wrote together.
Then in 2001' when Michael performed at his fortieth anniversary in show business concert actor, Macaulay Culkin was there and sat next to Elizabeth Taylor.  There is a photo of him and Michael having a conversation. 
(See photo below at this event).

Michael Jackson and Macaulay Culkin in 2001'
Macaulay also testified in Michael Jackson's 2005' child molestation trial defending his longtime friend. 

(See photo below)
Macaulay Culkin arriving in 2005' at Michael Jackson's
Child Molestation Trial to defend his friend.
As many of you know Michael first met Macaulay Culkin when he was a young kid and now that Macaulay is older that they had remained friends.  Macaulay was also seen at Michael Jackson's private funeral at Forest Lawn Cemetery with his girlfriend.

(See photo below)
Macaulay Culkin an his girlfriend at Michael Jackson's
private funeral at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Then there was comic, Chris Tucker who Michael has a longtime friendship with and they even did the video together, "You Rock My World". 

(CLICK HERE to watch video) 

The last time I check Christ Tucker was well over eighteen years old.  Marlon Brando and Miko Brando were also featured in this production as well.  Also, let's not forget a person by the name of Dave Dave.  Michael met this guy when he was very young due to a story Jackson had heard about this boy's father setting him on fire and severely burning him.  Dave Dave appeared on "Larry King Live on CNN news" and talked about how he and Michael had remained friends throughout the years.  And, yes Dave Dave is way over twenty-one years old now.

And as much as many of us might not want to acknowledge this Michael Jackson and Dr. Conrad Murray had become friends.  They met in 2006' and their friendship grew.  Now granted I only have Murray's take on this, but it does seem somewhat logical, since Michael obviously trusted this man with his life.  It's too bad that the trust was short lived.

So the question still remains did Michael Jackson just want to hang out with kids?  My take on this is no, but in the same breath I think the reason Michael probably liked being around kids at times is because they didn't treat him like a superstar and that they didn't want anything from him like most adults did.  I think he also found a part of his childhood that he was missing.  It was stated in his 2005' child molestation trial that a note written by Jackson in one of his books, which was seized amongst the police raided items read:

"Look at the true spirit of happiness and joy in these boys faces this is the spirit of Boyhood.  A life I never had and will always dream of." (Michael Jackson)