Sunday, November 20, 2011

Michael Jackson: Sexual Preference!

It would seem that in his lifetime Michael Jackson met a whole lot of scrutiny over his sexual preference. It would seem a high percentage of people, especially the news media that was downright obsessed with this man, and whether he was heterosexual or homosexual. My question to all of them was why did it matter so much? Seriously, whether Michael Jackson was gay or not did it really change who he was as an incredible musical artist, or the loving caring person that he was?  Did it change the humanitarian work he did, seriously did it change who he truly was? Of course not, so why was it so important to so many that he tell them whether he was gay or not.  I mean, even when he did say he wasn't gay, the high percentages didn't believe him.

To Michael Jackson's credit he always seems to take the high road when it came to answering this question. He never wanted anyone to think that he considered being called gay as an insult, as Jackson himself would state, he knew many gay people and didn't want anyone to think that he thought there was something wrong with being gay.

Let me ask you another question, remember when he told everyone he had a skin disorder, did everyone believe him then? No, well there's your answer. For some odd reason Michael Jackson was always labeled a liar by the media. They just couldn't believe that he would be telling them the truth. He probably could have put his hand on the Holy Bible and swore that what he was telling was the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, but they would have still not believed him.

Apparently, there was no real controversy in the truth. There were also fans that believed that he could be gay. To their credit I guess I could understand this, Michael Jackson had universal appeal, both men and women found him attractive.  This much was obvious when he was in concert, both men and women would be screaming as well as crying.

But what proof do we really have that Michael Jackson was gay? I mean concrete proof, not some idiot showing up on "Extra" television show claiming to be Michael Jackson's lover (yes, I'm referring to Jason Pfieffer), or some horrid book by Ian Halperin where names of so called male lovers don't actually exist. In fact, there is more proof to the contrary, some of Michael Jackson's security guards have come forward since his death and have mentioned how Jackson would date different women.  These security guards stated they would drive Jackson around and that they could hear him behind the limousine curtain making out in the back with one of the many ladies he dated. (CLICK HERE to view video).

We also know he was married twice, and yes these were real marriages despite what the media may have wanted you to believe. Then there is the clincher his long time trusted friend actress Elizabeth Taylor, this was a woman who stood by fellow actors who had been gay, such as Rock Hudson, Montgomery Clift and Roddy McDowell. Yes, some could argue that she kept it quiet about their sexual preference so why wouldn't she do it for Michael as well? Well because it was an entirely different world at that time and Ms. Taylor would know that, she would have encouraged Michael to have the courage to come forward, this much I know because of the relationship they had. I don't think Michael would have been ashamed to come out of the closet to admit that he was gay if he really had been. Personally, if he had stated he was gay I don't think it would have hurt his career any.  I mean, look at singer Ricky Martin, since he's come out of the closet he has just as many female fans as he's ever had. 

So in my opinion, I would have to say that Michael wasn't gay, but when it comes right down to it, does it really matter?  Would it really change anything? As I stated I don't think so.  I would like to think the way Michael did when he was asked by Martin Bashir in the documentary, "Living With Michael Jackson", when Bashir asked him whether he was gay.  Michael stated and I quote, "if you'll turn off your camera I'll tell you."  What we didn't see in the documentary was Michael telling Bashir that he wasn't gay, but he didn't want to offend any of his fans that were.  He told Bashir if his gay fans wanted to believe he was gay that it was fine with him.  As you can see in that statement Michael was a person who never wanted to offend anyone.

He was just a truly loving person who basically cared about all people straight or gay; it didn't really seem to matter to him. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Michael Jackson: It Don't Matter if Your Black or White!

In my previous blog entry I talked about whether Michael Jackson wanted to have white children.  As I stated ex-employee, Bob Jones stated in his so called tell all book:  "Michael Jackson:  The Man Behind the Mask", that Michael was highly prejudice against his own race and that he wanted to be white and had white children because of this.  I hope in my previous blog entry I cleared some of this up for you in what I believe. 

In this entry I wanted to talk a little more about Bob Jones claim that Michael Jackson was a racist against his own race.  Now I stated that Michael gave millions of dollars to African American causes and because of this I felt that Mr. Jones was way off the mark with calling Michael a racist.  If I had to classify Michael Jackson I would classify him as a non-racist.  In fact, I would say Michael was proud of his cultural background, but I also think Michael looked at people and respected and admired them not just by their skin color but by who they were and what they portrayed themselves to be.  I think it is one of the biggest reasons Michael Jackson is so admired and loved throughout the world.  He respected all cultures and basically loved people who cared about the world the way he did.

Michael Jackson had a way of transcending race better than most.  In fact, if you look at the whole Jackson family it was obvious that they were raised to look beyond it.  Many of the Jackson's have married and had relationships with other races.  It's obvious to this blogger that this is a family that doesn't really view race as the number one feature they look for in forming relationships such as:  marriage, partnerships, business affairs, friendships, and such.

So knowing what I have viewed by not just Michael but his other family members I would have to say that Michael and his family do not have a racist bone in their body.  Now, Bob Jones on the other hand, he's another story with the way he kept referring to the boys Michael was hanging around with in his book as "little white boys", now he definitely has a problem and should ask himself who is the racist here.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Did Michael Jackson Want White Children, If So Why? (Part 2 of 2)

In the previous blog entry we discussed the fact that some people believed that Michael Jackson wanted the have white children because he was a racist. This was further backed by the fact that Michael Jackson married not one but two white women, and had two children with one of them, Debbie Rowe. All right valid argument, but the funny thing is that it doesn't seem like anyone wants to look at the obvious reason why Michael may on some level wanted to have children who were white, and here it is:

Michael Jackson had a skin disorder, Vitiligo which is a skin condition that destroys the pigmentation color of one's skin.  It is stated that because the pigmentation is compromised that the bleach white patches that develop on the skin are extremely obvious, more so on the African American race.  I believe on a subconscious level Michael didn't want to worry about passing this on to a child of his if they were 100% African American. I mean, no one can really know what Michael Jackson endured with this skin condition.  Think about it, how would you feel if you were born one race and your body decides to present you with another color?  Yes, there isn't enough data to say that Michael would pass this onto one of his children, but Michael's own father Joe stated that he had a sister with the condition, so it is obvious that it is in the family genetics.  Think also about how Michael was picked on for this condition.  Many in the news media and even in the public never believed that the man had the condition.  It wasn't until his autopsy that the coroner validated the fact that the man did in fact have Vitiligo. (surprise, surprise)

So is this the reason Michael Jackson wanted to have white children?  Well, although Vitiligo is noticeable on Caucasians the condition is much easier to hide.  I am sure Michael had to have studied this condition and passing it on to an offspring.  So imagine the torment he must of went through, he wanted kids desperately but feared passing this skin disorder and perhaps even the disease Lupus onto them. This is why I don't dispute that he might have entertained the possibility of using a sperm donor and even getting donations at one point because of these fears. But I stand firm to the belief that in the end he chose to father his children himself; too many things points to the fact that he did. One in particular is the fact that Michael's oldest son is already showing signs of Vitiligo.   
I have to wonder what went through Michael Jackson's mind when he saw that his eldest son Prince had obviously contacted the condition.  He must have known prior to his death.  I can't see how he wouldn't have known.

The bottom line here is that I could understand why Michael might have wanted children who were white even if it was a decision that he wasn't making on a conscious level, because he knew that Vitiligo could genetically be passed on to one of his children. A fact that came to pass, but a gamble that Michael was willing to take because that was how much he wanted to be a father.

Now knowing all of this does that exonerate Michael from being a racist against his own African American race?  Well, I can tell you one thing I think if Michael was against his own race that he wouldn't have donated millions of dollars to African American causes the way he did.  Michael gave to many African American causes such as:  United Negro College Fund, United Negro College Fund Ladders of Hope, NAACP, National Rainbow Coalition (Social change for workers, women and people of color), and Minority Aides Project, just to name a few. 

So, while Bob Jones in his book, "Michael Jackson:  The Man Behind the Mask", will call him a racist, I will not.  You will have to decide for yourself, but personally I think Michael Jackson loved all races and didn't disseminate against any of them, and that is why I think he is so loved throughout the whole world.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Did Michael Jackson Want White Children, If So Why? (Part 1 of 2)

In a previous blog entry we discussed how some accused Michael Jackson of wanting to be white.  One of the biggest offenders of this was Bob Jones in his book "Michael Jackson: The Man Behind the Mask", which was supposed to be a true account on Michael Jackson. Yeah, right!  I'm sure if you've been reading my blog up to this point you know I don't consider this book a great read on Michael Jackson. (I consider it more of an ex-employee with an ax to grind).  Bob Jones actually went as far as to call Michael a racist against his own race and thinking he was above the black community. Funny thing was while reading this book I had to wonder who the real racist here was. Bob Jones would constantly refer to the young friends of Michael Jackson, such as McCauley Culken and others as little white boys. Bob Jones was not the only one who thought this, there were those who thought that not only did Jackson want to be white but he wanted his own children to be white as well, and that is why he had Caucasian children.

Is there any truth to this claim? Did Michael Jackson want white children, and if so why? Well, as sad as it is for me to admit I can see why this claim is actually out there, because there is one argument that could back it up. Let's look at this claim more closely, and then maybe I can give you a viable reason as to why this could be the case without necessarily implicating Michael as being a racist against his own race as others have claimed:

·       Michael Jackson married not one, but two white women:
Very true, I have written blog entries about both of these marriages. I would venture to say that Lisa Marie was the great love of Jackson's life, white, black or polka dot, it didn't matter. Michael loved her and he wanted to have children with her, which was never to be the case as we all know.
Lisa Marie and Michael Jackson
in happier times.
·      Then there is Debbie Rowe, I have stated also in previous blog entries that they had a close knit friendship. That she had known Jackson for years and offered to be a surrogate for him. They ended up marrying, and of course having two children together.

Debbie Rowe and Michael Jackson
with Prince and Paris in earlier times.
      Once again, did race play a factor, maybe (I will get into why later), but at the same token the fact that this was someone that Michael probably trusted a great deal was probably more of a factor to him agreeing to let her be the mother of his children than anything else. As for Blanket's mother, no one knows who she is. According to Michael in the "Living with Michael Jackson" documentary she was African American, and I don't see any reason not to believe him.

So did Michael Jackson just marry the women he did without thinking about race, or did he do it subconsciously in regards to the race issue?  I can't really say for sure, but I do think there is one important reason he might have done it which I will further address in the next blog entry.